I have some of LM386 ICs that are of the small surface mount type.
Soldering leads to the very small chips is possible but messy, time-consuming, and not fun!
Below you can see how I soldered the IC in place along with a capacitor on pins 1 and 8 that sets the audio gain.
Below is a close-up image of the soldering.
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