Bluetooth "True Wireless Stereo" SpeakersCompleted
Designed to experiment with True Wireless Stereo technology, these speakers feature the CSRA64215 audio module and BMR12 drivers wrapped in a modern oak enclosure. Engineered for high-quality audio in a small form-factor, the signal path remains digital from the Bluetooth/USB input to the amplifier output. Two speakers can be paired together to provide fully wireless stereo sound.
- Qualcomm CSRA64215 Bluetooth Audio Module
- Maxim MAX98357A 3W Digital Amplifier
- HiWave BMR12 (Balanced Mode Radiator) 2” 8Ω Speaker
- Custom PCB with 3D rendering (Altium Designer)
- True Wireless Stereo technology
- Wireless charging
True Wireless Stereo technology enables two Bluetooth speakers to connect to each other and split the incoming audio signal into left and right channels. In other words, TWS enables one speaker to act independently, or two speakers to pair together to provide completely wireless stereo sound.
This project was fabricated because it touches on several different engineering challenges: the woodworking needed to be visually appealing and tightly-integrated with the final electronics; the electronics needed to provide a high-quality audio signal and a strong Bluetooth connection; the firmware needed to ensure that a battery-pull is never required; and the overall design needed to look and sound incredible. Many hours went into 3D modelling to ensure that the components would integrate tightly and still produce a crisp, deep sound.
The hardware for this project is quite simple since the CSRA64215 module is an all-in-one solution. Most of the effort for this project went into messing around with all the poorly-documented configuration options available. Many 2” speakers were tested for their sound quality to ensure that the final product could benefit from only the highest quality driver available.
Each speaker is made of solid oak with contrasting espresso stain. To ensure perfect fits, many templates were 3D-printed to assist with cutting. Each speaker design was thoroughly 3D-modelled to guarantee adequate volume and seamless integration. Two separate designs were tested, one with round edges and veneer, the other with mitred corners and continuous grain. The square box ended up being the favourite.
These speakers worked fairly well most of the time, but suffered with some bass hits and lost connectivity too often for my liking. The documentation was extremely difficult to translate and the software was difficult to find and use. Since this project’s start, True Wireless support has increased dramatically and Bluetooth 5 came out. CSR was bought by Qualcomm and a new pin-compatible QCC3008 module was released, which I started to play with, but by that point the project had gone as far as I cared to get it. I ended up building some wired bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer, so I never ended up using these much beyond playing around.