I got a new speaker in the post yesterday morning. It’s been redesigned specifically for the Raspberry Pi by ThePiHut. I charged it for a few hours (it has an internal lipo battery, which powers it for 7 hours of use) and then plugged it into the 3.5mm stereo outlet of an HDMIPi screen.
This takes the sound from the HDMI output of the Pi (so it’s digital and high quality, much better than the Pi’s analog output). I tested it with Bug Buck Bunny, which has superb graphics and sound. It also makes an excellent benchmark because it’s totally free and open source. That means I can use it in a video, which makes it possible for me to share the experience with you.
Amazingly Good Sound
I was totally amazed at the sound output quality. For its size and cost, the sound really is very good indeed. The video doesn’t really do justice to either the screen or the speaker, but it’s the nearest you can get on the internet. You need to see these in person for the full effect…
This speaker costs £12 from ThePiHut, available here.
A short while after making this video, the 3.5mm male to male lead started suffering an intermittent loose connection. Swapping for an alternative lead made the problem disappear immediately. So thankfully it wasn’t an issue with the speaker itself. I would have been upset because the speaker is lovely.
The product manual needs some work though, as there is some incorrect information in it.
- You don’t need to charge the speaker before use, if you plug in the power lead.
- You can use it while it’s powered (even from the Pi USB port) but that may affect sound quality.
- There is no FM Radio or Bluetooth. Those features are for another model by the same manufacturer.