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    Thread: Soundaktor be Gone !

    1. 08-09-2012 12:38 PM #51
      I had just taken a 3 hour trip and was despondent over how labored the car sounded at 75mph. The 'engine' whine sounded horrible, like it was really straining to cruise at that speed.

      Disabled Soundaktor and now the cabin is super pleasant at all speeds. The true engine noises are great, and you can cruise on the highway for hours without auditory/mental fatigue. Car now feels confident and powerful at speed.

      Yea, that was a real flub on VW's part.

      [I didn't wrap the plug...looks like I should go back in and tape that up...]

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      08-09-2012 01:12 PM #52
      wow. much better. what exactly does the soundaktor do?
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      08-09-2012 01:15 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by aprr View Post
      wow. much better. what exactly does the soundaktor do?
      amplified engine noise through speakers I think

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      08-09-2012 01:26 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by SHO'NUFF View Post
      amplified engine noise through speakers I think


      It actually is a "speaker" with its own input/amplifier.

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      08-09-2012 02:20 PM #55
      great work vw
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      08-09-2012 02:26 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by SHO'NUFF View Post
      amplified engine noise through speakers I think
      The M5 operates through the speakers VW's is the speaker.
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    7. 08-10-2012 04:46 PM #57
      Send me yours.

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      08-10-2012 05:15 PM #58
      Technically, the windshield is the speaker... The Soundaktor (aktor = actuator in German) takes data from the ECU and spins its actuator accordingly, causing vibrations which resonate in the windshield. It's a *slightly* more authentic experience (at least perceptually) than sound pumped directly through a speaker, but it's artificial none the less.

      I have mine disconnected.
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    9. 08-11-2012 11:17 AM #59
      Why couldn't this just be a quick fuse? Not that unplugging takes that long, but if I can avoid unplugged connectors I'd prefer that.

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      08-14-2012 07:48 AM #60
      Just did this last night as my first mod. Made quite a difference, and i'm happy to finally hear the actual engine noises.

      Though now the car is almost too quiet...

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      08-15-2012 11:23 AM #61
      My 12 GTI does not have one. I looked when my tuner took my ECU out do do the initial stage I APR tune. The tuner also stated the 12s he has done do not have it. I only hear the turbo on the wife's Stage I Golf R and what I call the Hillbilly Jug noise just as it hits boost (like blowing over a jug sound).

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      08-15-2012 06:33 PM #62
      I wonder when these became common place in the VWs...

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      08-15-2012 06:40 PM #63
      Removed mine today...and very happy. Agree with others on details. I drive on highway periodically and the combined 3K rpm at 70 MPH with the "drone" of the Soundaktor is now simply...3K at 70 MPH which doesn't bother me.

      Car sounds quiet...you can hear engine and exhaust.

      Definitely better. Mine lasted 2500 miles. Wish I did earlier.

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      08-21-2012 11:43 PM #64
      I unplugged the soundaktor today. The result is just as others have described. I won't be plugging mine back in. I will be taking a trip to the store to get some electrical tape to strap that baby down and waterproof it. Thanks to all who posted in this thread.

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      08-22-2012 04:35 AM #65
      Can't you just disable this through Vag-Com?

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      08-22-2012 06:03 AM #66
      You know the soundaktor does have a good use. No needing to look at RPMs to shift when you blast music. Can hear the soundaktor over any music volume.

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      08-30-2012 03:44 PM #67
      Wow. Disconnected it today. You guys weren't joking. Sounds much better!
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      08-31-2012 08:39 PM #68
      Tried disconnecting the control module today. I didn't notice a difference while parked in the drive way, though. Perhaps I dont really know what I'm looking for...

      Anyway, I didn't feel comfortable just letting the plug dangle there, so I hooked it back up until I can take my time to disassemble the wipers and cowling and disconnect the actuator properly.

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      09-01-2012 01:42 AM #69
      Finally unplugged mine tonight, what a difference! Pretty much what you read here is true, the boominess and drone is gone, I can hear the turbo spooling much clearer. It's now much quieter, perhaps a bit too quiet that I find it slightly difficult to hear the revs when executing heel-n-toe downshifts. I may have to do something about that, perhaps a TBE is in the future...

      I always thought the R's engine sound a bit artifical, this was confirmed when this thread first emerged. In comparison, I like the "noise pipe" in my Mk5 GTi much better, it amplifes the sound only when you get on the throttle, otherwise you don't hear anything while cruising on the highway. I wonder it a noise pipe can be added to the R...

    20. 09-02-2012 05:31 PM #70
      Has anyone mad a POST YOUR SMASHDAKTOR PICS? I am going to go take mine out in a minute. Do you HAVE to take the wipers off to get everything out? I have a HORRIBLE track record with ANY windshield wiper ha ha. I would rather pay someone to do it than touch the windshield wiper
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      09-02-2012 07:19 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatJohnGuy View Post
      Has anyone mad a POST YOUR SMASHDAKTOR PICS? I am going to go take mine out in a minute. Do you HAVE to take the wipers off to get everything out? I have a HORRIBLE track record with ANY windshield wiper ha ha. I would rather pay someone to do it than touch the windshield wiper
      Yes you do. Just to get the noise maker half of it out, its on the driver side..
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      09-05-2012 12:27 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by digital-jellyfish View Post
      Technically, the windshield is the speaker... The Soundaktor (aktor = actuator in German) takes data from the ECU and spins its actuator accordingly, causing vibrations which resonate in the windshield. It's a *slightly* more authentic experience (at least perceptually) than sound pumped directly through a speaker, but it's artificial none the less.

      I have mine disconnected.
      So this isn't it's own dediczted speaker, or using a speaker? Thank God it's not a waisted speaker but, then again, I'm sure I could think of a few things to use an extra speaker for.

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      09-05-2012 08:26 PM #73
      Soundaktor delete complete! & what a difference it makes!!! I couldn't be happier having true engine sound and no unnecessary fake vibrations.

      One thing that I would recommend for anyone looking to do the simple unplug technique as I just did is to actually remove the two 10mm bolts that hold down the unit. This makes it a lot easier to get at the clip on the back side. It also make more room for wrapping the exposed end with a plastic baggie or balloon and cinching it off.

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      09-09-2012 12:35 AM #74
      Yanked!!! Soundaktor!!! OUT!!! WTF was the point of that thing? Night and day difference. My R's cool went down a peg till I found out that a Mustang GT has a Sound tube like the GTI.

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      09-09-2012 03:29 AM #75
      The soundaktor is an electronic controlled unit so we should be able to disable it via VCDS / VAG-COM. Why haven't anyone figured it out yet?!

      I'll pay a finders fee to the one who first get this done!

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