If you're looking for a DIY project to get you started with simple electronics, or you just want some fun speakers for your den or basement that flash in time with the music you play, this project is for you. You'll definitely need some equipment, but all of it -- including the clear PVC pipe and the three-inch speaker drivers (common auto speakers) are affordable and easy to come by, and putting it all together makes for a great weekend project.
You'll definitely need to take a trip to the hardware store (and probably your local electronics or car audio store too) to get everything you'll need for this project. If you have trouble finding the clear PVC, there are a few links in the comments of the Make post for potential sources. The hardest part of the affair is collecting the components though -- putting it all together is fairly easy, and a great way to get your feet wet with common electronics. When you're all finished, you'll have some decent sounding, surprisingly gaudy speakers with LEDs that'll flash with the volume of the music you play through them -- perfect for basement parties.
You can see a general walkthrough of the project and what the final product will look like in the video above, but check out the post at Make Magazine below to see the full parts list you'll need. The end result isn't exactly fodder for a classy living room entertainment system setup, but they're definitely fun to watch and sound pretty good. What do you think? How would you improve the design? Let us know in the comments below.