I can say the improvement to the sound when a couple of these are fitted is nothing less than dramatic. Especially when viewing films or spoken presentations etc. The dialogue is very much more distinct, and the Stereo effect much improved and the higher frequencies are much more audible. Clearly Apple were limited by design constraints but having speakers facing out sideways, and not towards the viewer is a technical nonsense. Higher audio frequencies are very directional. The HF register is all but lost with side pointing speaker outlets.
After fitting, you may need to reduce the treble equalisation as it can sometimes be over powering, but I like that. I prefer a bright clear sound.
Two of these are needed for the iPad Pro 10.5 as speakers are at both ends. It is designed to fit either end without any alterations.
No name eBay stuff PLA 1.75mm
Red in pics but black looks better
I printed in RED PLA for the purpose of this photography as black is hard to capture. However, to my eyes, It does look better in black I have to say. I shall be printing another pair for my own use, in black.
Print it oriented as given. No supports needed though I used a brim to ensure good adhesion to bed.it may be possible to print without the brim, but I didn’t risk it. Failed bed adhesion near the end of a print run drives me insane.
The Touch ID cutout will have a rough edge due to bridge overhang but nothing a bit of cleaning afterwards won’t resolve.
Best set extruder on the hotter end of your usual range for improved inter layer adhesion. Print it too cold and it can delaminate and split (don’t ask how I know this!)
This sound deflector is specifically intended to grip onto either end of the iPad Pro 10.5 (G2?) version. Furthermore, it fits OVER the flex TPU style rear case cover that I prefer and always use. These covers are readily and cheaply available on eBay and elsewhere.
To fit without the iPad cover, or with some other cover style would require some modification. Simple rescaling of the appropriate axis to change the clip aperture should be all that is required. As supplied here, the thickness of the slot that grips the iPad and its cover is 7.4mm. To fit on a naked iPad Pro 10.5 this would need reducing to around 6.25mm. I stress I have not tried this and don’t recommend it as it may well scratch the iPad surface when sliding it onto the iPad ends.
If fitting to a naked iPad, maybe the deflector could be printed using flex TPU? I have not tried this. If anyone does this I’d love to hear about it. Again, it would have to be modified to fit the naked iPad.
I came looking for speaker directors to redirect the sound forwards from the four speakers on my new iPad Pro 10.5. I didn’t see one that seemed right so made my own. It is using the basic shape of the original single iPad2 deflector horn shape but substantially reworked to fit the quad speakers on this iPad. Thanks to the original thing designer! It still allows normal access for charging & headphone connectors and both cameras, mics, Touch ID and power buttons are unimpeded.