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Do you leave your speakers grills on or take them off before listening to music?

MrReaper182

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Might be a bit of a stupid question but I was wondering do you leave your speakers grills on or take them off before listening to music? I leave mine on.
 
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Gray

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Might be a bit of a stupid question but I was wondering do you leave your speakers grills on or take them off before listening to music? I leave mine on.
Not a stupid question.
Just today, I had a session with mine off, I like to look at the drivers (that's a bit stupid).
But unlike some others, I haven't noticed a difference in sound either way.
 
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millennia_one

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I leave the Hersey 3s grills on. For no rhyme nor reason other than I’m to lazy to take them off. Plus It keeps the dust out of the compression drivers as I’d be to lazy to put the back on. Lol
 

Gray

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I think there was a thread on this last year.
Yes, I'm sure there was a more recent one, but here's one:
 
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manicm

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Can’t remember, a recent speaker WHF reviewed stated the grill was meant to stay on for best sound quality, but I know my B&Ws and Monitor Audios just sounded a bit more open to me grills off, and of course look much better that way too.
 

AJM1981

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Always on. With a child around it doesn't appear that inviting. Also the open parts don't collect as much, or any dust.
 
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AJM1981

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After 47 years of grills on, Epicons grills off. Sound even more open and don’t look too bad naked.
Given almost all modern speakers they really did some optical design or took a good standard format. That's why many brands nowadays look good without grills. Going back in time to the 70s and 80s they mainly cared about the appearance with a grill. There was a function first approach.
 

camcroft

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Much easier to achieve a grilles-off look these days with magnetic attachment. Back with older speakers it was often either / or as it was all to easy to break the plastic pins that held the grilles on.
Thats true, I just offer my grills to the speakers and they snatch them out of my hands.
 
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plastic penguin

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Sure I read somewhere years ago -- may have been on here, can't recall. However, someone said having the grilles (grills) on is like holding the palm of your hand an inch from your lips. If you speak and then remove your hand, there's slight veil to your speech compared to the hand removed.

Speakers pretty much work on the same basis.

I also remember the RS6s have their own separate grille/mesh for the tweeter. Using a piece of blu-tak and remove and the detail is slightly more prominent.
 

MrReaper182

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There is something alluring about a naked speaker, with drivers on show, but I can assure that it only has an affect on the male of our species.
For all you know Kashifa Kabir, Becky Roberts and Verity Burns (all females who worked on testing hifi for What hi fi sound and vision) could love looking at a naked speaker.
 

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