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Old 15th March 2004, 02:46 AM   #1
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Can someone tell me if speaker grills effect the sound coming from speakers ? Thanks
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Old 15th March 2004, 02:49 AM   #2
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It depends really on the cloth that is used but I think that the highs sound always better without the dust grills.
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Old 15th March 2004, 03:12 AM   #3
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My experience is similar to Pro's - a grill close to the tweeter affects sound more than further. I put my latest on 2-1/2" standoffs. Not much effect but sill noticeably duller than clean.

If you have little ones around or a party it is nice to be able to protect your tweeters, but for "serious" listening, go naked.
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Old 15th March 2004, 03:38 AM   #4
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Do not stress over the grills, i have never noticed the difference in sound, thoug for critical listening i remove them, i only put the grills on when i go out to stop others from pushing on the cones etc.
when building a grill though try to use as little materials as possible, try to make it as transperant as possible(im talking about the frame still, not the cloth)
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Old 15th March 2004, 07:52 AM   #5
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Vry often it is not the grill cloth that is a problem, but the grill cloth frame.

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Old 15th March 2004, 09:12 AM   #6
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Default The frame

Like Dave said, The frame is often more of a problem than the grille cloth.

The general rule is that if you are listening seriously and no chances of anyone poking the cone in , remove the grille.
It makes a bigger difference than you might expect. Try it out sometime.

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Old 15th March 2004, 10:23 AM   #7
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If there is some distance from the tweeter to the grille frame then the grille it will affect its dispersion, not too much in the close field but in the far field. Using some type of soft material to control baffle dispersion/reflections around the tweeter is a good idea & will make this difference less noticeable; it also depends on the toe-in of the speakers.

The general consensus is to leave them off if you can, or at least test it by having someone removing the grills while you have a good listening from your 'sweet spot'.
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Old 25th March 2004, 03:19 PM   #8
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WITH GRILL YOU LOOSE DYNAMICS AND DETAILS WICH IS IMPORTANT IN MUSICAL MESSAGE
IT S LIKE TALKING WITH A HAND IN FRONT OF YOUR MOUTH
AND THIS IS REGARLESS WHAT TYPE OF GRILL FABRIC OR MATERIAL

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WITH GRILL YOU...
Please unlock your Caps key... no need to shout.

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Old 26th March 2004, 12:13 AM   #10
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I think he was shouting with a grill cloth in front of his mouth.

Seriously, the difference between grill cloth and no grill is measurable. But it comes down to practicality- when friends/family are over I don't even take my grill cloths off to show my DIY speakers speakers- they're all to tempted to touch the drivers...

But when I'm listening on my own, I take off the grills. The difference (real or perceived) is worth the effort.
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