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    Inexpensive MP3 Player!
    In my quest for finding a reliable MP3 player that wasn't theft-prone (like the knock-off iPods all over eBay) but also wasn't super pricey, I stumbled upon this!

    https://www.banggood.com/MP3-Lossles...r_warehouse=CN


    It's pretty self-explanatory. It's USB-powered, can read any MP3 off of a flash drive or SD card, and has an on-board 2 watt mono amp so you can drive a small speaker, and can AUX-out via 3.5mm. They're smaller than the size of a playing card, so hiding them in a prop is painless.

    I'm sure many of you prop builders have these in bulk, but I think it's just about the best darn thing since sliced bread! Playback isn't 100% gapless - there's about a half second delay between tracks or repeat of a single track, but that's way better than the last player I bought (which retails for $70).

    I purchased a set of 3 modules from the linked site above for $5 plus shipping, and it took almost 4 full weeks for them to be delivered. I'm using them in conjunction with a multi-zone amp, so I can use multiple modules across different zones. Honestly I was really nervous about the purchase because anytime I see raw parts, I feel like I'm not educated enough for qualified to be handling them but these turned out to be really great.

    Thought I'd share!

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    These have been discussed quite a few times here. While they are great for some applications, they're not triggerable. They will auto play on power up but they have about a 2 second delay which isn't suitable for a triggering prop.

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    Ah, I see my noob-ness is showing in full glory here

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Man View Post
    These have been discussed quite a few times here. While they are great for some applications, they're not triggerable. They will auto play on power up but they have about a 2 second delay which isn't suitable for a triggering prop.
    So, J-Man would they work to power an all night long track through computer speakers? Last year, we had one sound track for the entire haunt running off a set of computer speakers hooked up to my phone. This year we'd like the sounds to be more localized. We want bubbling cauldron noises to be coming from where the cauldron creep is stirring the pot. We'd like the strange music coming from the upstairs window where the dancing skeletons are. And we want most of the animal noises to be coming from the "pet semetery". I think for us, individual systems like this might work with independent speakers hooked up to the aux out. Would they work for that application?

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    Those modules are great for that. I have them driving small (non powered) speakers for several scenes and they are plenty loud enough for the localised sound.
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    Thanks, David_AVD. I noticed that the link Jaurhead posted for the MP3 players is sold out. Another option that sells them for even less and has multiple dealers selling them is over at Ali Express. Here's one link, but there are bunches, and even blue tooth capable units for sale. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/JABS...5b634c4dg49VF6

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    Double post, see below.

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    Yep, as David_AVD said, they are perfect for a continuous sound track. Lots of sellers on ebay for these, here's a US seller for $3.95 each.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/MP3-USB-Fla...AAAOSwqoxcGWP4

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    All my life the "amount of sound" you got was directly related to the weight of the amp and speakers. I can't wrap my brain around how you get any volume out of these little cards. Ain't technology grand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell View Post
    All my life the "amount of sound" you got was directly related to the weight of the amp and speakers. I can't wrap my brain around how you get any volume out of these little cards. Ain't technology grand?
    While these little players are great for the right purpose, they're not ground pounders. Now, take a look on ebay for "Class D Amplifier Modules". You'll find a ton of very cheap, very small solid state units that crank out a boat load of power. That being said, today's solid state home stereo receivers can deliver tons of power but honestly, the quality of sound they produce is so-so at best. I have a Pioneer SX receiver that I bought back in the 70's. It's only rated at 60W per channel but I tell you what, I'll put it up against any high power modern receiver out there and the sound quality ain't even close. I'll never part with that old (HEAVY) Pioneer.

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