Old Apple Pro Speakers, modified?

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by IowanChef, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. IowanChef

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Mar 6, 2010
    So the new Logisys clear speaker orbs with LEDs in them got me excited when I found a pair of the old Apple Pro speakers in a thrift joint. Joined by a longer-than normal 1/8" stereo jack, it was easy to open them up and strip them down to being "normal" speakers.

    My question is, given the various ways of cramming these things full of LEDs and syncing them to music, what would be the simplest, most-efficient way? I've got 3914 dot/bar display chips, 3.3v regulators, and pretty much any basic component I would need, but being that I'll be running them as surround speakers in conjunction with a subwoofer coming off of a 160 x 160 watt home theater set-up, do I simply rectify the signal and add the necessary resistors? Or do I pop a couple button cells and a transistor, pressure sensor, electret mic?

    Thanks for any and all advice. I've tried reducing my hair-brained inquiries to once every few months.. Love this forum!