Boost Your iPhone Speaker With the Eco-Amp

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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Tuan Mai
Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • aftcomet
    What's funny and sad is this concept has more innovation than all of Apple.
  • Pennanen
    Folded piece of cardboard for 8$!?!?!? Oh wait its apple, idiots going to buy it anyways :D
  • danwat1234
    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
  • alidan
    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.
  • real speakers + amp FTW
  • del35
    Ummm, this is probably a good reason to own the iPhone.
  • saturnus
    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.
  • nitzero
    This is great but I bet you'll lose your precious iphone warranty for not using an Apple approved cardbox.
  • JamesSneed
    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?
  • thebigt42
    here is a how to