Eric Gerhardt and Olaf Split are trying to bring back the boombox with MuPiBox, a modular music player powered by a Raspberry Pi single-board computer (SBC) and a HiFiBerry MiniAmp.
The heart of the MuPiBox is, as the name implies, a Raspberry Pi single-board computer — anything from the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B upwards. To this, you add a color touchscreen display, a HifiBerry MiniAmp add-on, an OnOffShim for safe shutdown, and a set of speakers — plus an optional power bank, if you’d like to be able to use the gadget on the go.
The software runs atop DietPi Linux, offering support for playing back local files, internet radio streams, or connecting to Spotify — with control via the touchscreen display or remotely over a built-in web interface.
The biggest feature of the MuPiBox, though, is its modularity and scope for customization. A 3D-printable housing designed by Andreas Lippman, featuring a grab-handle and classic styling, is provided — but builders can choose to use a variety of housings, with community examples showcased on the site including a compact box with rope carry handle, a wooden enclosure, and even a converted compact metal briefcase.
Those interested in giving the MuPiBox a go themselves can find full instructions, and 3D-print files for the case, on the official website in German; an English translation is available by clicking the flag at the top-right of the site.