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    Drilling for Sound Quality

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    I came across a post that mentioned drilling little holes in your battery cover to receive better sound quality. What size bit would you use for the drilling?... I am interested in doing this but dont really wanna mess my cover up by cracking it. Is it really worth it, and now that im thinking I also have the silicone skin on. I guess I would have to cut out a hole on that also huh.

    Ive saw the back covers with the speaker hole already, but would I still have to cut my silicone skin to accommodate that? So I am asking all BBP users for their honest opinion on the matter of buying the cover or just modifying my old one?..

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    i'd say buy the back cover with holes already in it.
    then cut your skin...
    or try to drill in the one your have
    and buy back cover with holes already in it after
    you crack your original cover.
    i don't know what size holes they did, i know it was small
    and is doable with a dremmel or exacto blade

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    I would buy one. It would be to easy to mess up the cover you have then you have to buy one anyway. As for the skin I would wait and see what kind of sound you get after drilling/buying the back cover the skin might not have as much effect on sound quality as the cover.

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    I have no skin on my cover and drilled it with no problem using my big, cordless Dewalt drill. I think I used either a 1/8th or 3/16th bit and it went smoothly. I drilled 15 little holes . I did 5 rows of 3 holes each and it sounds way better. I have a decent amount of experience using a drill and was confident I would not crack the cover.

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    There you go the cover will take a good drilling sounds like the way to go.

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    I think I may try the drilling... Thanks

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    1/16" drill bit
    Make sure to tape both sides of the cover so it won't split
    If you can find a piece of scrap wood to rest it on to drill into then do that

    It's not tough, it just scares a lot of people.
    If you screw it up you can always buy the Seidco one with holes already in it.


    *Don't drill it with your skin on it. After drilling the holes heat up the same size drill bit and just burn holes through the cover*

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    I drilled holes in mine, my dad helped so I have no idea what he did but the holes are very small. The really help the sound, if i cover the holes with my hand it sounds very muffled.

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    I was working the Javitz and happened to pass this booth that had a bunch of drills and I asked the guys to put two vertical holes in my back speaker. no crack, no drama, was very simple and effective.

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    Quote Originally Posted by blackninja
    I was working the Javitz and happened to pass this booth that had a bunch of drills and I asked the guys to put two vertical holes in my back speaker. no crack, no drama, was very simple and effective.
    whats the javitz? and who is this booth of drills you speak of?
    what kind of counter-espionage are you involved w/ blackninja?

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. http://www.javitscenter.com/

    it's where all the shows that pass through NYC are held: the car show, boat show, beauty show, etc. I'm the black guy speeding by on the Segway to the different boothes.

    (I'm sure one person on here is going 'omg, I think I've seen him!')

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    oh right on...i did load in/ load outs at the convention center in columbus back in my freelance days (audio/video set-up)

    hows the segway? those things look fun....
    don't they only go like 12mph?
    i heard you can mod them to go faster i think.
    SEGWAY OFF-ROADING...that'd be sweet

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    Re: Drilling for Sound Quality

    I'd go with the replacement pre-drilled cover!

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