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Boost Your iPhone Speaker With the Eco-Amp

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Eco Made creates a passive iPhone amp out of recycled paper.

Passive amplifying of smartphones seems to be pretty popular nowadays, with devices such as the iBamboo speaker dock and DIY methods such as placing your iPhone in a bowl. This particular passive amplifier by Eco Made, is quite interesting, seeing as how it is made completely out of recyclable paper. Dubbed the Eco-Amp, this passive amp is die-cut from 100% consumer chipboard.

Like an origami kit, the Eco-Amp comes as a flat piece of paper that you get to transform into a neat little sound booster for your iPhone speaker. Seeing as how the amp is pretty much just a piece of paper that you have to build yourself, the $8 price tag may seem a little bit steep. Regardless, the Eco-Amp is a neat little concept that is perfect if you are looking for a convenient, easy-to-setup boost in sound.

 

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    aftcomet , September 10, 2012 7:15 AM
    What's funny and sad is this concept has more innovation than all of Apple.
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    aftcomet , September 10, 2012 7:15 AM
    What's funny and sad is this concept has more innovation than all of Apple.
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    Pennanen , September 10, 2012 7:57 AM
    Folded piece of cardboard for 8$!?!?!? Oh wait its apple, idiots going to buy it anyways :D 
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    danwat1234 , September 10, 2012 8:13 AM
    I heard of this about a month ago from somewhere, watched a video
    EDIT: Oh it was the plastic passive amplifier for the ipad, a bit different than this cardboard one

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nonlinear/amplifiear-better-sound-for-the-new-ipad-and-ipad
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    alidan , September 10, 2012 9:18 AM
    this piece of cardboard... while its cheap... really, day one it will be pirated, probably even right now its being pirated.

    that said, get a blue tooth speaker,
    get a speaker base station,
    the speakers in the ipad and iopt touch (iphone may be better) are such poor quality, i'm surprised they don't bundle a external speaker from the getgo.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2012 9:37 AM
    real speakers + amp FTW
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    del35 , September 10, 2012 10:34 AM
    Ummm, this is probably a good reason to own the iPhone.
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    saturnus , September 10, 2012 11:47 AM
    So many of these idiotic "speaker enhances". Please get that the speaker in your phone is absolute crap quality, not amount of tweaking will ever make it even remotely acceptable to listen to. Get a proper speaker instead.
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    nitzero , September 10, 2012 1:37 PM
    This is great but I bet you'll lose your precious iphone warranty for not using an Apple approved cardbox.
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    JamesSneed , September 10, 2012 2:11 PM
    Just cute that it has amp in the name to give some feeling it works like an amplifier. Shouldn't it be more appropriately named eco-megaphone or eco-paper cup?
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    thebigt42 , September 10, 2012 2:19 PM
    here is a how to
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7smV4zyCLME
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2012 4:24 PM
    Not compatible with iPhone 5 :D 
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    lpedraja2002 , September 10, 2012 4:47 PM
    Ehh... anyone else felt that they just upped the volume in the editing software and that this is no real indication of how the product performs?

    Still, I agree with everyone else, the speakers will be crap no matter how much you tweak them.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 10, 2012 9:33 PM
    or Apple could put a better speaker in the phone....
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    alextheblue , September 11, 2012 1:28 AM
    alidanthe speakers in the ipad and iopt touch (iphone may be better) are such poor quality, i'm surprised they don't bundle a external speaker from the getgo.
    Ditto for the bundled earbuds on any Apple product. In fact, for years the iDevice hardware/software was quite subpar in terms of audio processing and output quality. That's a big part of why I never bought an iPod, there were so many devices that produced superior audio quality for less.
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    alidan , September 11, 2012 5:23 AM
    alextheblueDitto for the bundled earbuds on any Apple product. In fact, for years the iDevice hardware/software was quite subpar in terms of audio processing and output quality. That's a big part of why I never bought an iPod, there were so many devices that produced superior audio quality for less.


    i was just going on the speakers in the device alone, but yea, from what i understand they also have bad quality over all for sound as far as how much they cost, audio wise, ill discount processing and screen as thats another topic.
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