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The "Emoji" Speaker Build - with ND65-4

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  • The "Emoji" Speaker Build - with ND65-4

    I have used the ND65-4 in a few builds and have been pretty impressed with them. Most of the time, I just used them in a sealed enclosure, as I tried to keep the size down. This time, I decided to use a 1" port.


    My friend was having a home warming party and wanted me to bring a few speakers. Since, he has seen all the speakers I have already built, i decided to bring something new to this party. And since this was a happy celebration, why not an Emoji. Since this party was going to be held outside, I made this a portable unit with batteries. However, you could do without this if you do not need the portability aspect.

    2 - Dayton ND65-4 290-204
    1 - 1" Port 260-470
    1 - Dayton 2x15 bluetooth amp 325-100
    1- battery extension board 325-113
    1- Function Cable Pack 325-110
    1- DC Jack 090-5014
    2 - 4 Ohm Mills Resistors 005-4
    2 - .38 Ohm Inductors 296-2136

    1 - 12" Concrete Forming Tube
    2 - 1/2" pieces of MDF

    First I took the 12" concrete forming tube and cut it to 3 2/3." Next I took my Jasper Circle cutter and cut two pieces of 1/2" MDF that would fit inside the concrete forming tube. In my case, I had to make them 11.5" outside diameter. Based off my calculations, the resulting volume should be about 0.16 cubic feet. However, once we add in the rear mounted speakers, the amp and the battery pack we would be closer to .15. This is about perfect for these speakers.

    So I proceeded to cut out holes for both speakers, and a hole for the port. I was careful to line up the holes perfectly, in order to make the face. On the rear panel I cut out a rectangle that could be removed, if you ever needed to get in the speaker. And added a few holes for the power jack and the 3.5mm jack. I also applied a 3/8 round over to the speaker holes. next I cut the 1" port to about 3", which should tune it to about 60hz.

    Finally, I started assembling it. I glued on the front. Once that was dried, I painted the front and back separately. I did seal it first with a little bondo. I used bright yellow Krylon paint, but I do not recommend that brand. It was on sale, but I personally did not enjoy using it. I will go back to my good old trust Rustoleum on my next project.

    Once the paint is to your liking you will need to hook start installing everything. Everything is installed fairly straight forward. I did add a BSC to the driver. You will need to take one 4 ohm resistor and a .38 inductor and solder both ends together (aka parallel). This will go in-line with the positive (aka in series) wire of one of the woofers. Now do the same thing to the other woofer. Glue on the back and you are finished.

    I am extremely impressed with this speaker. The amount of bass this puts out is unbelievable for it's sized speakers. Everyone at the party was shocked at the sound quality. They just sound much bigger than they are. In fact, numerous people asked me how much this build cost and were in shock with the cost of the it. It just sounds a lot better than you would imagine for the size speakers.

    Of course, you do not have to build an "Emoji" if you do not want. Just keep the relative volume, and you will be happy. Also, I will have a build log Video coming later as well as sound demonstration. Until then, ask any questions you want.
    Last edited by Altoid; 07-18-2017, 02:29 PM.
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  • #2
    Looks like a fun little project!
    I've used the ND65 in a few projects and am surprised at it's bass capabilities as well.
    A few more pics if you have them would be great. I'd love to see how you wired things up.

    How long does your setup play with the batteries?

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    • #3
      I have a few more pictures, I will try to add some soon. Honestly, I have not stress tested the batteries for a few reasons. The first, is the charging port on this board did not work. I tested the battery pack on another board and it worked great, so i know it is an issue with the board. SO for the Party, I ended up using a 6000 mah Lipo that I had lying around. However, I can say we were there for about 4 hours with it playing continuously. And although, it does not have a charge level indicator, it did not take long to charge back to full level. But since, that is a terribly non specific way to test things, I will completely charge a battery board and hook it up here sometime just to get you an answer.
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      • #4
        Here's a few pictures of the build in progress. I decided to run pigtails since I was running a temporary battery. They just plugged into the battery. I also, left the leads a little long, as I thought I might take this apart after the party. But, after hearing it, there is no wayl. I may repaint it though

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        • #5
          ​Here's a picture of the circles I started with and one the finished cuts. I did have to cut out a small rectangle piece that covered the battery compartment.

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          • #6
            Alright Guys, I plan to have a sound test out for these tomorrow. I'll link the video when I do. The video log build will come shortly after. Thanks for your patience. P.S. If you are looking for a small boombox or bluetooth stereo project, consider this. Just change the dimensions to be square instead of a round circle. I think you will be impressed with the sound of these.
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            • #7
              I got the video up on YouTube. It has a complete build log, if you do better by watching a video. I will say, I am very please with it's sound quality. These are great little full range drivers, onc you add teh BSC.

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              • #8
                Here is a schematic of the BSC. A separate BSC is connected to each speaker. Click image for larger version

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