One Inch Squared - Portable Headphone Amplifier

Portable headphone amplifier with built in LiPo battery charger.

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Portable headphone amplifier that runs on a single cell LiPo battery (3.7V) and features a LiPo battery charger on board.

I chose the Texas Instruments LM4881 audio amplifier because it requires a minimum number of external components and features digital volume control. The total cost of components for a single amplifier is $21.99 ($16.99 for components from Digikey + $5 for PCB from OSH Park)

  • 1 × LM4881 Audio ICs / Audio Amplifiers
  • 1 × ne555psr Clock and Timer ICs / Timer ICs
  • 1 × 180k resistor 0603
  • 1 × 150k resistor 0603
  • 1 × 1uF capacitor 0603 Electronic Components / Misc. Electronic Components

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  • Choosing an Amplifier IC

    ww12/20/2015 at 23:41 0 comments

    I've considered numerous amplifier IC's, but I settled with the Texas Instruments' LM4811. The IC's small footprint and low number of external components required made it the perfect candidate for a size restricted design. The LM4811 also featured digital volume control, which means I won't need to include a clunky potentiometre to provide volume control! However, TI suggests using a microcontroller to handle the digital volume control. Microcontrollers are expensive and need to be programmed, so I came up with an alternative, which I will explain in a later log.

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Andrew wrote 11/24/2021 at 22:50 point

I know this is an old project, but how far did you get? Can you share the Eagle Files? Thinking of doing my own around the LM4811. Thanks!

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Blecky wrote 12/07/2015 at 01:34 point

Just a friendly reminder to please upload your design documents by 23:59 UTC on Dec 8, 2015 to be in the running for #The Square Inch Project!

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alpha_ninja wrote 12/02/2015 at 00:41 point
This is your one-week reminder to upload design documents:

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