Amplifiear Might Just Fix The iPad’s Awful Speaker

Amplifiear Might Just Fix The iPad’s Awful Speaker

I'm all ears

I don’t hate the iPad’s speaker as much as I used to. The rear-firing grille on the iPads 2 and 3 doesn’t sound that bad if you lay the iPad face down and let it blast its vibrations straight at you. But as most of us use the iPad to watch movies, or to listen to music while reading, this adequate-sounding speaker simply sends its sound off into the nothingness, hoping that a nearby wall might reflect a little of it back to your ears.

My current answer is a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, but that’s battery powered. And heavy. The Amplifiear, on the other hand, is lightweight and requires no power.

The Amplifiear is an ABS plastic dish that looks like a single Mickey Mouse ear. It clips onto the corner of the iPad and reflects back the sound that would otherwise disappear off into the distance. I have used a similar but much-smaller widget before, and the difference it wade was quite surprising. This video shows the Aplifiear in action:

Amplifiear Might Just Fix The iPad’s Awful Speaker

The Amplifiear is yet another Kickstarter project, and you can get your hands on one for just $15 (plus another $15 for international shipping if you live in a country with free healthcare). Or you could do what I’m about to try, and that’s take an X-Acto blade to a plastic camping plate. You never know…

  • Blake Beavers

    brb, gonna go cut up a bowl and make my own for $1

  • Mathias Johnsen

    Doesn’t the world have enough useless plasticshit already? It doesn’t enhance soundquality, it just amplifies and redirects tweet/high frequencies. It cannot by any means be a pleasant experience to listen to.

  • xMoonDevilx

    @Blake …LOL my thoughts exactly. My iPad is usually flat on a surface with the folding cover as a stand…so the sound is great. Even in general the sound is great. If I wanted to really get the most out of my sound…I’d simply plug in the headphones, you know…in that little hole that is already on the iPad. Much less won’t be a nuisance to everyone around me like this partial ashtray.

  • Tallest_Skil

    The iPad doesn’t HAVE an “awful speaker”. What’s wrong with you guys?

    Why would I use this hideous thing ever for any reason? The speaker is fine on its own, and if I want something better, I’ll use a good set of standalone speakers.

  • Joel Waxman

    I agree I will make my own or use my external speakers.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Alright this is kind of genius.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Doesn’t the world have enough useless plasticshit already? It doesn’t enhance soundquality, it just amplifies and redirects tweet/high frequencies. It cannot by any means be a pleasant experience to listen to.

    That’s probably because you don’t understand how sound works.

  • sonofsci

    I like this product although I was thinking more like $5-6 for it. Maybe another $3 for international shipping.

  • Michael Poplawski

    I sometimes just cup my hand over the speaker to boost its volume. Oh well, there’s a dollar to be made, I guess.

  • baby_Twitty

    I just use Bluetooth and every thing sounds great from my speaker system.

  • snkrsfx

    I have always taped a bent playing card to the back of my iPad…and now doing it to my iPad mini. What’s out there for the Mini?
    My iPad 2 is collecting dust and now I would love to have something small and sleek for the little guy.

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