Most silent cube (for practicing in public)

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  1. Erik

    Erik Member

    Hi all,
    as some of you might know, I'm not very active in competitive speedcubing anymore. Partly because of lack of time to practice and because I'm old :D
    While I started practicing for the WC I noticed (again) that practicing in public can sometimes be considered annoying by people who are busy with something else. Especially my Valk3 is nice and loud.
    With all the new cubes on the martket, I simply lost the overview of what is out there.

    What do you think is the most silent cube? It should still be a top-notch speedcube of course!
     
  2. obelisk477

    obelisk477 Member

    You could try doing a cotton mod on your Valk. I did it on my Guangying and it helped alot. It's just what it sounds like -- tearing some cotton slightly larger than the interior of the edge/corner piece, and stuffing it in there.
     
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  3. FJT97

    FJT97 Member

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    my gans 357 is very quiet. But the shengshou aurora is even more quiet. gans 357 is a better speedcube tho
     
  4. mark49152

    mark49152 Premium Member

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    Gan Air is comparatively quiet, but the unfortunate reality is that 8-10 TPS is going to annoy other people whatever cube you do it on :).
     
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  5. willi pilz

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    The quietest cube of all time.
    A GANS AIR
    COTTON MOD
    OVER LUBED. :D
     
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  6. FastCubeMaster

    FastCubeMaster Member

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    I think putting heavy lube in the cube, especially in the pieces will make it gummier and quieter. Although could sacrifice speed
     
  7. Erik

    Erik Member

    That is actually quite clever! :D
     
  8. Abare Killer

    Abare Killer Member

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    Actually, magnetizing your cube makes it more quiet seriously. I used to have a Valk and I made it magnetic and stuffed foam in the edge piece turning out really quiet. :)
     
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  9. MalusDB

    MalusDB Member

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    You can't be old, that makes me old too. :(
     
  10. obelisk477

    obelisk477 Member

    pretty sure the foam quieted it, not the magnets
     
  11. Michael919

    Michael919 Member

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    People have reported their Valk being quieter with magnets without foam added. It seems like the magnets deaden some of the clackiness of the pieces.

    Quiet cubes are critical to me because I don't want to drive my wife too crazy. I only buy cubes with a smooth, quiet reputation. Here's the main part of my collection in order of quietest to loudest.

    Air - quietest by far
    356 v2
    Tanglong
    GTS 2
    Valk 3 - too clacky to be considered quiet. It's considerably louder than the others, but still quiet compared to many others.

    I have an Aurora that's really quiet, but it isn't in the same class as the others for turning, etc.
     
  12. I find my 1x1 to be my quitest cube
     
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  13. Dash Lambda

    Dash Lambda Member

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    The Gans Air is ultimately the quietest cube you can get. It's also extremely configurable, so you can tighten down the stalks to eliminate rattle, use heavier springs to reduce snapping, and stuff the screwed-together cubies with cotton or foam, as well as anything else I may be missing.
    It's worth noting that the Air UM is actually rather loud in comparison, the magnets add quite a bit of snappiness. I haven't tried the Air U, but the hollow pieces should actually make it louder and you can't fill them because they're glued together.
     
  14. Dom

    Dom Member

    The KungFu LongYuan is pretty quiet. And it's INSANE fast! Only $4USD and it comes with a free cube stand.
     
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  15. gavinz

    gavinz Member

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    Your best options are to add foam into the pieces, get quieter springs, fix your turning style, add magnets to prevent corner cutting which is loud, and lube it.
     
  16. JustinTimeCuber

    JustinTimeCuber Member

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    *tells Erik Akkersdijk to fix his turning style*
    lmao

    I think stickerless cubes are way quieter and I'm surprised that hasn't been brought up.
     
  17. gavinz

    gavinz Member

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    Lol idk Erik so sorry. He could get a boron treated gans356 air um instead of stickerless cubes
     
  18. JustinTimeCuber

    JustinTimeCuber Member

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    haha Erik's a speedcubing legend, he broke the 3x3 single WR by almost two seconds in 2008 :p
    e: see his signature
     
  19. gavinz

    gavinz Member

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    I don't pay attention to previous WR holders lol
     
  20. Michael919

    Michael919 Member

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    I magnetized my Valk today and it made a huge difference in sound. I'd say it cut the clackiness down by half and it's now a much quieter cube.

    When I get my hands on suitable foam, I'm going to add that too. It just might get as quiet as my Air.
     

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