Long time lurker and relativly new to electrical engineering but this is the first time I've had a question so I just made an account.
I would also like to start off by saying that I tried to follow this thread but none of the solutions seemed to help my problem. The audio can only be heard if you hold the speaker to your ear.
I followed this schematic from http://www.circuitbasics.com but the output of the speaker is quieter than when I directly attach the audio jack to the speaker.
This is a picture of my circuit
I'm not sure if all the extra wires is increasing the resistance to the point of muffling the output sound but it made connecting the battery and speaker easier and the 10K ohm potentiometer's pins were bending a lot to fit in the board so I just took it out and connected it via jumpers. The 9v battery is outputting roughly 8.3v and even if I add another 9v battery to the circuit in series the speaker doesn't get any louder, just more distorted.
Also the LM386 chip was getting very hot to the point where it burned my finger on contact and one solution I found was to connect pin 1 to pin 8 and that seemed to have solved the overheating problem but no difference to the audio output.
The stereo audio jack connector I purchased had two "3" connectors from the schematic (not sure what the technical term is but the datasheet showed 2 downward ports) so I had soldered them together before realizing it wasn't necessary and disconnecting them.
I looked the datasheets of the parts and nothing stood out to me as causing the problem but if someone who knows more than me could have a look I would greatly appreciate it.
The parts I have are as follows
10K ohm potentiometer (part # 296UD103B1N)
LM368 Chip (part # LM386N-1/NOPB)
1000uF polarized capacitor (part # EEE-FT1C102GP)
0.1uF capacitor (part # FG26C0G2A104JRT06)
10 ohm resistor (part # CCF6010R0FKE36)
3.5mm audio jack connector (part # SJ5-43502PM)
The 8 ohm 2 watt speaker was the only one I have on-hand so I'm not sure if the speaker is the problem but I'm planning on connecting this to a 555 audio modulated fly back driver so the speaker isn't necessary.
Any help or pointers would be very appreciated for this newbie engineer. If anyone has any questions or concerns I will try to answer them.