Do you listen your speakers with grill on/off?[not a poll]

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  1. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    Recently I removed the grill from my LSI-9s on the front,just for kicks,and surprisingly I found it,that it sounds "cleaner and more transparent".I say surprised because I figured that it was designed for grill on.
    I know that this is my subjective opinion,and that the "next guy" could very much prefer these speakers with the grill on,which is why I started this thread.

    Have you guys tried this yourselves, what's your opinion on the outcome?Would you share?
    Thanks.




    PS: please no theoretical discussion as why it does/don't/should/shouldn't impact the sound,as this is a sharing experiences thread,feel free to start a technical discussion thread if one needed. Thanks!
     
  2. RobWil

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    I have tried this and have liked it....I think my grills may add some deflection of some sort but, yeah...it seems to definitely 'change' the sound a little, but it scares the hell out of me having those drivers fully exposed like that! It's like...TRIP!! Doh!....as my arm goes through the woofer! [​IMG]

    Kinda like playing catcher without a cup on! (which I've done many times unfortunately!)
     
  3. Scott Oliver

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    I have some pretty expensive speakers and my grilles have seen my speakers twice since the day they were shipped to me a year ago. They only went on the two times because I was hosting some poker nights and people were sitting and moving very close to the speakers, so put them on just to ease my mind those nights, especially since alchohol was involved.[​IMG]

    For my speakers they look a whole lot better with them off and they sound better to boot. Actually, I have never done testing to see if they sound better without, but reviews and my dealer told me so, and throw in the looks and it is a no brainer.
     
  4. Carlo Medina

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    Of course now that I think of it I can't find the pictures on the net that I remember seeing, but...

    Don't most of the pics of speakers being tested in anechoic chambers show the speakers with the grills off?
     
  5. SkiingNinja

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    Some high frequencies are attenuated by the grille fabric so I never ever use the grilles...I think they are still in the box somewhere [​IMG]

    Sean
     
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    What a coincidence that you post on this topic. I accepted delivery on my new speakers today and, after an hour or so, I decided to see how they sounded with the grills off. The difference was not slight or imagined. They sound significantly better sans the grills. With other speak brands, this wasn't so much a factor, but, with these new babies, it is.
     
  7. Lewis Besze

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    A pair of ACI Sapphires and an ACI Essence center channel. I love them and they love me: A match made in heaven. :b
     
  9. Lewis Besze

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    thanks,nice looking speakers.[​IMG]
     
  10. Lee-M

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    They sound better off, but I keep them on because of the cats...
     
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    Yeah -
    I remember the "no speaker grill" fad from the 70's.
    I even participated for years.
    Of course the speakers back then were a far cry from what they are now and needed every bit of help they could get and removing the poorly designed grill cloth helped a lot.

    I think that todays speakers and grill cloths have come a long - long way!

    I will admit that I have auditioned my speakers at home with the grill off - just to see, but never with any intent to leave the grill off.

    I prefer the asthetics of a well built, good looking speaker with the grill affixed.

    But that's just my 2¢.
     
  13. Brian Bunge

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    Grills? Never use them. Unless my niece comes over again. Then I'll put them on.
     
  14. JohnBrianW.

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    I have Totem speakers and Vince the owner doesn't believe in grills (but does include them). The problem is the have nothing to clip onto to and you must use velcro and the keep falling off.

    I only use my grill on the sub, too close to the ground for my little guy to put his foot through it!
     
  15. Joe Tilley

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    Speakers are kinda like a nice looking lady, some like to look at them clothed, some like them partly clothed just enough to be a tease, & myself I like them naked.
     
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    i like them off.when im listening to music half way on my amp i love the way they look when they are moving[​IMG]
     
  17. Lewis Besze

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