Available in a pack of 8 washers with Silencer logo sticker.

Silencer Sanwa/Seimitsu 30mm Foam Washers (8-Pak)

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  • Product Description

    Note Regarding Hori Low Profile Matte Buttons

    The Silencer pads compatible with the recent Hori Hayabusa low-profile matte version, but will require cutting off the side tabs.  This is similar to Seimitsu PS-15 low profile pushbuttons.

    In November 2012, one of the highest voted ideas in our product suggestion forum was creating silent foam washers.  This would provide an alternative to Sanwa's ground-breaking, but limited silent button lineup of OBSFS pushbuttons.  Imagine having the ability to silence Sanwa OBSN screwbuttons, or the more recent translucent OBSC pushbuttons.  

    Now imagine the same for Seimitsu.  

    Available now is Silencer - a 1mm foam washer shaped to fit in both Sanwa and Seimitsu 30mm pushbuttons.  Suggested by you, and tested over several months for performance and durability.

    Unique Shape and material

    Silencer is a 1mm foam washer that conforms to the internal housing of Sanwa and Seimitsu's 30mm pushbutton lineup.  It also utilizes small "tabs" at each end of the washer, which additionally absorb the sharp sound created as the pushbutton plunger's tab meets the rim.  Sanwa and Seimitsu - for copyright purposes - deliberately orient their plunger tabs differently from one another.  Silencer's tabs can be oriented horizontally or vertically for Sanwa or Seimitsu's unique housing.  For Sanwa OBSF, OBSN, OBSC and Seimitsu PS-15 pushbuttons, Silencer's tabs can be snipped off without affecting its ability to reduce noise.   

    Silencer's foam material was chosen for the closest match to Sanwa's original foam washers.  For increased durability, an incredibly thin and flexible plastic film was placed on one side.


    installing the Silencer foam pads into a Sanwa or Seimitsu pushbutton is straightforward.  Place the washer - plastic film side down - into the button housing.  Align the small tabs so that they stick out of the holes on each side of the housing.  For Seimitsu PS-15 low profile pushbuttons, snip the tabs off with scissors and place into the housing.

    Months of Play-testing, Sound and Endurance Tests

    The objective of Silencer is to provide an alternative washer for Sanwa and Seimitsu pushbuttons that effectively reduces noise, but also matches the actuation ability and natural feel in Sanwa's OBSFS offering.  To do this, we sent prototypes of the washer - originally in clear silicone and later foam - to a group of dedicated testers.  Over several months, we learned that foam was more effective in matching Sanwa's original washer and absorbing shock while matching the actuation of Sanwa's own product.  We also learned that "springiness" and "mushiness" was an undesired factor in other washers - first with our silicone prototypes, and later with competing solutions. 

    Further, we performed blind tests with individuals and groups, who assumed that Sanwa's OBSFS pushbuttons were installed. The washers were taken to tournaments in Philadelphia and utilized in joysticks swapped amongst players during the events.  Those using Silencers indirectly reported no differences in feel to our testers; they didn't feel "springy" or"mushy", and were able to tap away normals, links and combos as they always did. 

    Finally, we performed tests in Seimitsu's PS-14 K and KN series of pushbuttons.  The KN was most compatible due to its internal housing; Silencers proved effective for both in muffling sound while not restricting their unique feel.  Though we couldn't perform blind tests, players that did use them were quite pleased that pads were designed for Seimitsu.

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    1. Definitely make a difference

      As a guy that's woke his wife up during some serious combos I can say these make a difference. I've installed them in siemitsu and Hori Hayabusa buttons, and on both metal and wood control panels. They reduce the noise, but it's still there. I'd recommend them for a little more peace and quiet, and if you don't mash as hard as I do, i'd imagine they're transcendent! on Jul 29th 2017

    2. Easy to Install/Substantially Quieter

      It takes very little time to install these, and they compare about 95% to Sanwa OBSFS buttons. They aren't dead silent, but I no longer have to worry about waking sleeping babies. These are also the only solution I've seen for Seimitsu buttons. Highly recommended either way. on Jul 22nd 2017

    3. They do work, but with exceptions

      I tried these out on the rough draft controller I made out of thin 3/16" wood. Without them it is loud in my opinion, and the "silencers" do not silence the noise as I already expected, but they do cut the sound like in half in my opinion. The only thing I don't like about them is that it shortens the button stroke, and makes it feel a little bit spongy. I will be able to get used to them though with time. I may or may not use them on my full size cabinet. Though they may cut the sound substantially as it's not to terribly loud anyway. on Jun 24th 2017

    4. Silence!!

      Wow I was recommended to get these from a fellow stick user and I am very happy to say that not only where they easy to install but it does its job quite well.. I am very pleased. Thank you on May 30th 2017

    5. Not fully silent, but certainly quieter

      "Silencer" is a bit of a misnomer; I don't know that you're ever going to make pushbuttons fully silent. But the sound is definitely much less peaky; there is less of a high-pitched click, and more of a thud. Texture of the buttons changes slightly, but not in such a way as to be displeasing. Simple to install, too. on May 17th 2017

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    Silencer Foam Washer Install Guide on Sanwa 30mm Pushbuttons

    Cheap and quick way to silence your button presses! This install was done on my Mad Catz TE2 FightStick on Sanwa 30mm push buttons. http://www.focusattack.com/silencer-sanwa-seimitsu-30mm-foam-washers-8-pak/ Drop a like, comment and subscribe! Stay connected! https://www.youtube.com/Hasteo http://www.twitch.tv/Hasteo https://twitter.com/Hasteo
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