I purchased a play 5 for part. Turns out it’s recycled but the speakers work just fine. I understand the need to brick the software component of the speaker but is there any reason this can’t be used as a plain old “dumb speaker?” Seems like a total waste to make the speaker completely non functional.
Best answer by Stanley_4
No direct instructions but you could start with something like a Raspberry Pi Zero-W (cheap and has a WiFi radio) computer and add a power-amp to it. Making that a bit more complicated the internal speakers in a Play 5 aren’t a simple left right pair.
LF Driver: 3 x 4” woofers and HF Driver: 1 x 1” and 2 x ¾” tweeters
From a quick look at Amazon, to drive just a stereo pair of the internal LF and HF speakers this setup would work.
A complete kit, just the Pi is a lot cheaper if you have the other stuff:
Small 3 Watt amp:
Or a hefty 60 Watt amp: