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[Fix] Raphael speaker volume hard mod (+pics&vids)

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Rottis

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Dec 20, 2007
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Hi, i've seen a lot of request for a raphael speaker hardmod and also tried to find one myself, well.. As you thought, no luck.

So I decided to make one of my own, and yes, it works!

So here's what i've done (every piece makes it a bit better, so, choose the ones you wish to do, or do all of them like i did!):

1. Cut the back cover to look similiar to the original desing from htc (Picture 1)
Just throw the first metal grill (the one on the back cover) to garbage, that's what i did :) As the speaker has a cloth on it, you don't need those grills.

2. Make some room for sound to echo inside the back cover (Picture 2)

I did 1. and 2. with normal household scissors.

3. Prevent the sound from the front of the speaker going to the back of the speaker and thus undoing some sound. Try to insulate the back a bit (Picture 3) I did it with 2-sided 1mm thick tape and left the protecting layer on the tape (green) so it doesn't stick to the back cover.

4. Open up the phone (Help to disassembly here), lift the speaker and the.. uh.. thing on top of the speaker off from the back housing carefully (2-sided tape keeping it in place) so you wont break it. Time to throw away the second metallic speaker grill! Use scissors to carve the speaker hole bigger (see speaker in picture 3), use the tape that kept the speaker in it's place as a guide to how big to carve the hole, but don't cut any tape off, the hole becomes too big if you do that! :)

Video 1 : Results of the mod, you should hear the difference clearly! Too bad i didn't have a video of an original Raphael, but i think you do have one there as you're reading this.

Video 2 : Comparing the results with and without the back cover. This shows how big difference does the "sound echoing space" inside the back cover (Whatever) do!

And last side note before you begin, i will not take responsibility of ANY damage etc you manage to do to your precious phone. I've broken one already, did the mistake to grab the speaker wires and the speaker stopped working as the wires cut off.
Also, be VERY careful with this mod, you're working with the interior of the phone! Please don't do this if you don't have any experience disassembling/reassembling mobile phones.

Hope this helps you as much as it did me! :) It actually sound better live than on the vid, too bad my camcorder saves the vid to some ****ty format when recording to SD.

(Did i rickroll you btw? :D)
 
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elivne

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Dec 21, 2006
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Hi, i've seen a lot of request for a raphael speaker hardmod and also tried to find one myself, well.. As you thought, no luck.

......format when recording to SD.

(Did i rickroll you btw? :D)

GR8 work!
it's nice to see you can fix the very low system volume.
I was especially amazed from the echo box effect on the rear housing.

thanks!
 

incisivekeith

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Jan 27, 2009
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Is the speaker volume really to quiet to justify a hardCORE mod that could ruin your phone?

Initially, I was not going to reply to this, but it seems to me that you may be in the process of buying a Fuze and this may be very important for you to know.

No, the system volume is not that low, and frankly speaking, it is an issue which exists in some phones, not all. And, if it's possible for you to take a look at the phone at an AT&T store, do so, and decide for yourself (take a look at more than one Fuze).

@Rottis: Would you disagree that the low volume problem does not exist on all phones?
 
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ndda

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Aug 10, 2007
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Initially, I was not going to reply to this, but it seems to me that you may be in the process of buying a Fuze and this may be very important for you to know.

No, the system volume is not that low, and frankly speaking, it is an issue which exists in some phones, not all. And, if it's possible for you to take a look at the phone at an AT&T store, do so, and decide for yourself (take a look at more than one Fuze).

@Rottis: Would you disagree that the low volume problem does not exist on all phones?

I didn't know that the volume problem exists on some phones. I own a HTC Touch Pro by Vodafone with no issues related to the volume (other annoying issues though).

I thought that the phones should be technically similar only with different brandings.
Do they use different hardware?
 

Rottis

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Dec 20, 2007
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Initially, I was not going to reply to this, but it seems to me that you may be in the process of buying a Fuze and this may be very important for you to know.

No, the system volume is not that low, and frankly speaking, it is an issue which exists in some phones, not all. And, if it's possible for you to take a look at the phone at an AT&T store, do so, and decide for yourself (take a look at more than one Fuze).

@Rottis: Would you disagree that the low volume problem does not exist on all phones?

No, not all phones have the problem. I had an Sony Ericsson P1i before this raphael, and its speaker was truely amazing! And you could make it even better with a softmod.
That's the main reason i did this mod, as I have gotten used to a good quality speaker.

@Giannis86: try to install FFDSHOW (google for it) and it should work. Do not use Windows Media Player though. Sorry, i don't know the codec it uses for sound, but it should be some popular one, i didn't have to install any codecs for it (Using ubuntu btw).

@ndda: Yes it is, have you ever heard it? Or if you have, have you ever compared it to, for example the P1i?

If you ask me, the mod was worth it!
 
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Rottis

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Dec 20, 2007
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@ndda: Sorry, i missed a part in your message, yeah, i think they DO use the same hardware, it wouldn't make any sense if they didn't.
Well, the sprint version is different, but that does make sense.
 

Agent Blair

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Jan 6, 2009
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I've done something similar to this with my old Dell Axim x5 to fix a touch-screen issue, but I did this knowing my Axim was worth only $50. I think it would have been more helpful if you showed a picture of the speaker wire and the connector, because I had to deal with that with my Dell and it wasn't as delicate as you describe the one on the Raphael.
 

Rottis

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Dec 20, 2007
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Here's some pics of the speaker, it's wire and connector as requested.
The pics I took from the Raphael service manual, sorry for low quality.

Pic 1 (MB Connector)
Pic 2 (Speaker connected)
Pic 3 (Speaker + wire)