SDS100 Case, Leather and, Sound

bberns22

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In an attempt to identify a suitable holster for my SDS100 I discovered something interesting. With the sound output of the radio somewhat lacking I was concerned that any obstruction would further diminish audio output. But after some experimentation I was pleasantly surprised to find that this particular case did not reduce sound output but in fact increased it while also improving intelligibility. It appears that the the heavy leather is directing all the sound forward, smoothing out the frequency response and, making audio significantly louder with more midrange tonality. I am wondering if others have have noticed any improvements in audio when using a case?


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In an attempt to identify a suitable holster for my SDS100 I discovered something interesting. With the sound output of the radio somewhat lacking I was concerned that any obstruction would further diminish audio output. But after some experimentation I was pleasantly surprised to find that this particular case did not reduce sound output but in fact increased it while also improving intelligibility. It appears that the the heavy leather is directing all the sound forward, smoothing out the frequency response and, making audio significantly louder with more midrange tonality. I am wondering if others have have noticed any improvements in audio when using a case?


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I’m using the thick leather holster that Uniden either makes or markets for the SDS100 and although it does provide reasonable protection from various impacts that aren’t super intense, it does change the acoustics, somewhat. That doesn’t come as any great surprise to me but I’m beginning to wonder if cutting out the supposedly protective plastic cover for the keyboard might change things a bit. I wonder if anyone’s actually done it and then regrets having done so because it didn’t end up making any difference. I realize cutting out the plastic sounds a bit ghetto, especially if nothing is actually gained by doing so but I just thought I’d throw this out to see if anyone’s done it followed up by a giant piece of humble pie! TIA.
 

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In an attempt to identify a suitable holster for my SDS100 I discovered something interesting. With the sound output of the radio somewhat lacking I was concerned that any obstruction would further diminish audio output. But after some experimentation I was pleasantly surprised to find that this particular case did not reduce sound output but in fact increased it while also improving intelligibility. It appears that the the heavy leather is directing all the sound forward, smoothing out the frequency response and, making audio significantly louder with more midrange tonality. I am wondering if others have have noticed any improvements in audio when using a case?

Hello, bberns22.

What kind of a case is that, and where did you find it?

Thanks!

-Johnnie
 

hexagon_keyhole

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In an attempt to identify a suitable holster for my SDS100 I discovered something interesting. With the sound output of the radio somewhat lacking I was concerned that any obstruction would further diminish audio output. But after some experimentation I was pleasantly surprised to find that this particular case did not reduce sound output but in fact increased it while also improving intelligibility. It appears that the the heavy leather is directing all the sound forward, smoothing out the frequency response and, making audio significantly louder with more midrange tonality. I am wondering if others have have noticed any improvements in audio when using a case?


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What holster is this? Looks like a Motorola?
 

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Do you have a link to the holster? Or at least tell is where you got it and what radio it was designed for.
 

trentbob

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I’m using the thick leather holster that Uniden either makes or markets for the SDS100 and although it does provide reasonable protection from various impacts that aren’t super intense, it does change the acoustics, somewhat. That doesn’t come as any great surprise to me but I’m beginning to wonder if cutting out the supposedly protective plastic cover for the keyboard might change things a bit. I wonder if anyone’s actually done it and then regrets having done so because it didn’t end up making any difference. I realize cutting out the plastic sounds a bit ghetto, especially if nothing is actually gained by doing so but I just thought I’d throw this out to see if anyone’s done it followed up by a giant piece of humble pie! TIA.
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I always cut the window out of any case on every radio I have and never regretted it. It gets rid of all of the reflection especially from a lumpy window like the Scanner Master nylon case here. Sound works fine.
 
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