Hello everyone and may the music rock you. . . . .
I present you my « Cigar Box", which I just finished ( there are still some aesthetic finishes to be done).

The equipment:

  • an old cigar box found at a flea market (in mahogany anyway. . . )
  • a Raspberry Pi 3 model B
  • a DAC Allo Boss
  • a 220VAC to 7VDC 10A switching power supply
  • an Audiophonics power manager
  • a Seagate 2. 5" 1TB hard disk
  • a 7" Raspberry Pi touch screen
  • DIY connection cables
  • a LED push button
  • various extension connectors (USB, HDMI, microSD, RJ45)
  • connector and power cable
    -various DIY cables (RCA, USB C, MicroUSB, GPIO connections and 5V power supply)
  • screws, nuts, spacers of all kinds
  • patience, sweat and tears (I exaggerate a little).

Software :
Volumio of course V 2,657
Volspotconnect V 1. 7. 6 plugin (version 2 doesn’t work, I don’t know why)
Touch Display V 1. 0. 0 Plugin
Audiophonics ON/OFF Plugin V 1. 0. 3
Matchbox window manager
Matchbox keyboard

First step:
Disassembling the cigar box, cutting out for the various external connectors and the button. Replacement of the wooden base by a 2 mm thick steel plate which will act as a heat sink and support for the various elements. Cutting the cover for the screen I wanted to flush.

Second step:
Drilling and fixing of the elements on the steel plate, according to thermal constraints, wiring and dimensions.
Fixing of extensions in the body of the box, wiring of devices, connectors and power supply.

Third step:
Making a protective grid against little fingers full of jam, cat’s feet or elephant’s trunks. A steel honeycomb recovery mesh and the automotive door gasket for edge finishing will do the trick.

And finally:
Software installation, configuration of Volumio, plugins and Matchbox.
Adaptation and fixing of the screen cover with the installation of a foot to hold and tilt the cover.
Connection of hifi devices, tests and listening.

Some pictures that speak clearer. . .

Hi you rocking Feeback25,
thanks for sharing your CigarVolBox project. I like it.
And i have a question. What “Audiophonics power manager” did you use?
best , judydudi

Hi judydudi,
Thank you for your feedback.

It’s this Audiophonics module: … 11504.html
I supply it with 7 VDC and it delivers 5 VDC on 4 outputs.
I use 3 of them: the Pi 3, the DAC and the screen.
Only the hard disk drive is powered by USB from the Pi.
This considerably reduces the risk of power failure and allows for the addition of accessories.
The module controls the on/off of the Pi by the push button with the Saiyato plugin, very easy to configure.
I fixed it directly on the bottom plate of the box by its tension regulator with thermal paste. The steel plate becomes a very efficient heat sink.

Kind regards

merci beaucoup, Feeback25 :slight_smile: