Add Bluetooth Sound To A Boombox

These days most of the audio we want to hear is on our mobile devices. If you have an older boombox with a few parts and some time you can create Bluetooth connectivity as long as the boombox is designed for use with an infrared remote control.

Electronics enthusiast site PC486 shared how they reverse engineered the infrared remote signals for a Panasonic SC-AK33 boombox and put together an ATtiny25 microcontroller with an infrared LED diode and programmed it so that commands streamed from the author's phone via Bluetooth would be received by a Logitech Bluetooth wireless speaker adapter and resent via Infrared. This means that no modifications to the original boombox were necessary.

For full details on the project as well as photos and the code for the repeater visit the source link below.

Bluetooth-Enabling a Panasonic SA-AK33 [PC486 via WonderHowTo]


    I don't get this project. I have one of those Logitech adaptors ($49, discounted, at JB HiFi) hooked up to a beautiful old Kenwood Hi Fi system and I control the music and volume using my phone, where the audio is streaming from. Isn't that the whole point? Why would you add an infrared remote, when the whole point of BT Audio is that it's wireless?

    I cannot see a situation where this adds any value to anything.

      to change the input to AUX via phone or to control the volume?
      To complicated for such a small gain, I agree.

        The whole point was "the boombox is designed for use with an infrared remote control," so it would already have a remote control to do that, anyway! Not to mention with that Logitech adaptor you're able to change the volume using your phone, anyway.

        The pointlessness is phenomenal.

    I think the point is that the boom box doesn't have Aux input? And the audio goes in via the ir?

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