SparkFun Qwiic Speaker Kit

The SparkFun Qwiic Speaker Kit provides you with just what you need to get started with stereo audio via a simple Qwiic interface! Included in this kit, you will find two thin speakers, all connecting cables (that includes power and Qwiic), a wall adapter, as well as a SparkFun Qwiic Speaker Amp and RedBoard Artemis Nano. Thanks to the kit being Qwiic-enabled, no soldering is required, either!

The SparkFun Qwiic Speaker Amp features the Texas Instruments TPA2016D2 stereo, filter-free class-D audio power amplifier. What distinguishes this audio amplifier from others is that it features volume control (i.e. gain), Dynamic Range Compression (DRC), Automatic Gain Control (AGC), enable/disable amplifier, and its ability to be configured through software via I2C. Its efficient class-D operation also means low heat and long battery life when driving 4Ω speakers at up to 2.8W in stereo, and 8Ω speakers at up to 1.7W in stereo. This is quite a bit more power than the mono amplifier (TPA2005D1) or Noisy Cricket stereo amplifier (LM4853). It won't shake a stadium but it will provide plenty of volume for your audio projects.

Along with the Speaker Amp, you will get the RedBoard Artemis Nano as your Arduino microcontroller. The RedBoard Artemis Nano is a minimal but extremely handy implementation of the Artemis module. A lightweight, 0.8mm thick PCB, with onboard LiPo-battery charging and a Qwiic connector, this board is easy to implement into very small projects. A dual row of ground connections makes it easy to add lots of buttons, LEDs, and anything that requires its own GND connection. At the same time, the board is breadboard compatible if you solder the inner rows of pins.

The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.

SparkFun Qwiic Speaker Kit Product Help and Resources

Qwiic Speaker Amp (TPA2016D2) Hookup Guide

September 29, 2022

The SparkFun Qwiic Speaker Amp includes the Texas Instruments TPA2016D2 stereo, filter-free class-D audio power amplifier. This tutorial will help you get started and configure the amplifer settings using an Arduino microcontroller.

Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

3 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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  • Member #453745 / about 5 months ago / 1

    I bought this with my eyes wide-open. I knew it wasn't really a kit. Would have been nice to have an enclosure and panel-mounted h/w so that I would have a small little speaker box - without having to search everywhere for the parts. That is OK. But I did assume (but didn't check, so it's on me) that the instructions would involve the parts in the kit. The instructions don't involve the Artemis Nano. Also, since the Artemis Nano has Bluetooth, why not add that to the instructions (that don't exist)? Yes, I can figure it out if I want to but I'd rather have the instructions all in one place. Maybe I'm too much of a newbie. I don't even know how I would mount those parts (speakers, since there are no obvious mounting points (glue?), speaker jack, amplifier, Artemis, or supplied power connector) to anything that would make a stable speaker box.

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