Amp Computer Enclosure Mod
May 12, 2012
Coming up, don’t throw away your old PC case, find out how to power your car sub woofers in your house. Today we’re ganna show you how to turn your old PC case into a sound system by installing an amp to power your car subwoofers.
In this tutorial, ill be using the Bash 500S, 500 watt amplifier. This is specifically designed to be used for home theater systems and it works great mounted inside our old PC case.
I’ll be using two 10′ 250 watt kicker comps sub woofers. This particular speaker box is a dual channel system and will need to be converted into single setup.
First, we’re going to test out one of the speakers and the amplifier to ensure they’re functioning properly. Lets quickly wire up the speakers to the amp. In this sound test, we’re be using Nano Studio to output a solid bass frequency to really push our subs. But be care, don’t blow ‘Em!
Next, we’re going to convert our speaker box into a single channel system. We’re going to strip the wires and then bridge the two speakers by twisting the positive and negatives to make one single channel.
Once we’ve patched up our wires, we’ll do one more test to ensure proper bridge connection.
Alright, now we’re going to need a few tools to gut our old PC before installing our amplifier. You can get our tool list from the show notes. Depending on your PC case, your going to have to figure out how you want to mount the amplifier onto the case. In our setup, we’re going to cut out a cavity and mount the amp on the side of the case.
We’re going to take a trip to Local Hardware Store and grab some nuts and bolts. For this particle model, the Bash 500S needs 10 Cap Screws and Insert Lock Nuts to properly mount to our case. Next we’ll pick up an audio cable and and audio splitter to connect our amp to our kickers.
Next, we’re going to make a few measurements and design our stencil. This will help guide our cuts to ensure we cut within the exact dimensions of our amp.
Make sure to align up the stencil on the case and tape it down to secure its placement.
We’ll be using a dermal to cut out our aluminum case. Be sure to wear safety glasses, gloves and mask when cutting metal materials.
The Right tools for the right job makes everything so much easier.
Be sure to do a proper clean up after long durations of sawing.
Once your completed sawing out the cavity, you’ll want to mount the amp onto the case and align it up. Next we’re going to drill holes to place our screws. If your sawing and drilling metals, remember to keep vacuuming to keep your work area clean. Let the drill do the work, don’t push down on the drill. We don’t want to damage the case.
Next we’re going to install our Cap Screws. Once in place, we going need support to help secure the Lock Nuts and Bolts. Your support will need to secure the nuts while you install the cap screws.
Once securely mounted, place the amp and case cover back onto the case. If everything is right, it should slide right in and fit like a glove.
Make sure to do any last clean ups if your case opens from both sides.
Here we have our amp completely installed and mounted. Notice we routed the wiring out the back of the computer case.
Lets go ahead test the sound and see how far we can push our subs. But be careful. Now we have a club sounding home audio system. With our 3-channel splitter, we can hook up additional speakers for high and mid range sound. Our PC case has room for additional accessories like tweeters and a handle to make it more portable. With this DIY project, your creativity is the only limit.
Alright and thats how we installed and setup our home audio system. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to hit me up in the comments. I’m your host Dingo, can find me on turntable.fm, Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forgot to subscribe on YouTube. We’ll see you guys next time. Peace out.