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Old 09-14-2006, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The speaker on the Pearl is not bad, so I don't know why RIM decided to have it output the way it does. Music sounds muffled due to this. It sounds far better with the battery cover off. So, after thinking about it at work last night, I went home and drilled holes in the battery cover directly over the speaker.

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Old 09-14-2006, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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wow. You are brave man. Its a great idea, but i just dont know if i could bring myself to do it. My hats off to you, though its very well done.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Man you're insane...................hats off to your buddy, damn good job!!!!
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Absolutely brilliant! ...and brave. I admire that 'hell-for-leather' approach.
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Great job. Did it make a huge difference ? or just a little
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Great job. Did it make a huge difference ? or just a little
If the phone is laying on a counter (or unmodified holster for that matter), I'd imagine it would make little to no difference. Being in your pocket, it may help.
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Great job. Did it make a huge difference ? or just a little
It sounds a whole lot better. It's as if someone turned up the volume a bit, and improved the EQ on both ends. I did a side-by-side comparison with my roommate's Pearl. It's an improvement all around, for sure.
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It sounds a whole lot better. It's as if someone turned up the volume a bit, and improved the EQ on both ends. I did a side-by-side comparison with my roommate's Pearl. It's an improvement all around, for sure.
Very cool... I may have to do this... but i'll wait until there are replacement battery covers available from somewhere in case I screw it up ;) lol.

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Old 09-14-2006, 01:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very cool... I may have to do this... but i'll wait until there are replacement battery covers available from somewhere in case I screw it up ;) lol.

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I like this idea!!! did you drill away or use a guide? I' think I'll break out my dremel and micro bits this weekend!
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Looks good! Nitty likes!!
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Can you please try the phone outdoors with this mod? I'd like to know if it picks up more noise; wind, cars, etc.
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Very cool... I may have to do this... but i'll wait until there are replacement battery covers available from somewhere in case I screw it up ;) lol.

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Agreed, very cool mod, but I would also wait until someone has a replacement cover, just in case.
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guess you're not returning yours!
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Can you please try the phone outdoors with this mod? I'd like to know if it picks up more noise; wind, cars, etc.
Done. It was pretty windy here today as I walked to the mall. No new noise interference to speak of, with and/or without the hands-free set that comes with it.

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I like this idea!!! did you drill away or use a guide? I' think I'll break out my dremel and micro bits this weekend!
I used an Exacto to poke guide holes about where I wanted them, then drilled away with a 1/16" bit.

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guess you're not returning yours!
I had no intention of doing that anyway :D
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I guess that's why people complain about the sound. I am surprise that they did not add vents or holes where the speaker is at.

When I get my 8100, I wait until there's a replacement battery cover for it and than add holes to it.
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Yeah, I messed mine up. LOL

First set of holes went fine, next ones did not. I tried to fix it with an Xacto, but then the back cracked. I now have a square cut out of the back of mine, and some hairline cracks on that side. Sucks, but it won't be visible to the untrained eye, and I'll be less worried about scratching it. :p
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I guess that's why people complain about the sound. I am surprise that they did not add vents or holes where the speaker is at.

When I get my 8100, I wait until there's a replacement battery cover for it and than add holes to it.
They did. Look at the top of the 8100. The open slot is where the sound comes out. Take the cover off and you will see how the sound tunnels kind of like Bose speakers (no I'm not comparing the quality, just the technology).

As soon as I read the first post I played a tune and while it was playing I pulled the cover. I feel that the sound is better, with the cover on than off.
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Take the cover off and you will see how the sound tunnels kind of like Bose speakers (no I'm not comparing the quality, just the technology).
Comparable quality, I would say.

No highs, no lows; must be Bose.
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I may try this. Any ideas for a design that will work and look good, while avoiding the Blackberry text?
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I may try this. Any ideas for a design that will work and look good, while avoiding the Blackberry text?
Mine has seven holes. Just omit the one that goes through the logo.
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