In my opinion it does sound better, no "wall of sound" crap that the 70s made popular.
I knew of taking the inner fender well off, just more work to do, so I didn't.
Oh and I have one that is complete, so in 50 years when everyone is looking for them to complete a restore, more $ for whomever gets it.
I noticed this also when I pulled the tube on my '13. The first time I drove at highway speed, the speed compensated volume control cranked up the volume to an uncomfortable level. But that's apparently what was needed to overcome the pumped in noise when the tube was still connected. Had to cut back the speed compensator down a few notches.Okay so I got around to removing mine, and wow it makes a large difference. For one thing, the exhaust is a lot quieter with the windows up, especially in certain RPM ranges. Secondly, with those certain engine frequencies gone, my music volume magically increased by possibly double? Seriously, I can hear my music at a way lower volume, even cruising on the highway with the windows cracked. Maybe it's just the type of music I tend to listen to, but that intake noise was cutting all sorts of it down without me ever realizing it. The car in general is much quieter in highway driving, and feels much better insulated overall if you have the windows up.