I actually think mine sound better with them off. There's more energy and clarity on the high end. Not a huge amount, but noticable. But, that said, it's very rare that I actually bother to remove them. They're magnetized, and very literally could not be easier to remove and/or replace. Let this be a testament to my lazyness.
no difference for me, although mfr says they are designed to play with them on. at best, I think with grills on, you keep dust and other particulates from settling on the components and damaging sunlight out too. (I am a little ocd about keeping things nice and clean.)
my Samoyed loves to sleep smack in front of the speakers with my music playing
I have never owned a speaker that I could hear a difference one way or the other. I had Harbeth's and the manufacturer recommended they be left on so I did. The wood on my current speakers (Daedalus) is so darn pretty I sometimes take off the grills just to admire the view but more often than not I leave on the grills and they sound just as wonderful. I think this is another one of those things that audiophiles can get twitchy about for no good reason.
My paradigm studio's (v.5) all sounded more cohesive with better imaging with the grills on. I think they were designed so that the grills helped with dispersion and less diffraction.
Can't really tell with my kef's. They may sound more crisp, slightly better details with the grills off but it could just be in my head too.
Both my kef and my paradigms looked equally good with grills on or off but because my paradigms sounded better with them on, I left them on. My kef's grills come off and then go back on every couple days just cause I'm weird like that.'
The decision needs to be made by your ears, your heart, and your soul. There is no right or wrong. For me and my Revels, grills off. For you, it may be different. The best part ? ... it's a zero expense experiment ! Listen to your speakers both ways, and have fun deciding which way sounds best.
Grill's on or off? It boils down to how the designer miked the speaker in a anechoic chamber to achieve a perfectly flat response. Some designer's will mike and adjust the crossover with the grills on and some with the grills off. Call the speaker company you plan on buying from and ask the engineer's if their speakers are adjusted in a chamber with the grills off or on. This is why some speakers sound better with the grills off and others with the grills on.
I like designers who make speakers that look good with grills off (covers over the driver screws maybe, hidden grill holding magnets, etc.), and I particularly like tweeters designed to have little mesh screens on them to ward off poking, accidental or curiosity driven. I was talking to a guy at a local Extreme HiFi shop about that…specifically the exposed tweeters on a Magico…he said hey, it happens…damn…Shirley’s been drinking again and wondered about that tweeter...
i saw a report in the net years ago. it's an independent test using a microphone placed at a normal listening position, using scientific software and recording equipment to access the difference with speakers grills on and off. The results clearly reflects there are roll off in certain parts of the frequencies spectrum, not just in the treble or bass. So it does depends on the listener preference whether he like grills on or off. -phil
philipwu 173 posts 10-20-2016 6:00am i saw a report in the net years ago. it’s an independent test using a microphone placed at a normal listening position, using scientific software and recording equipment to access the difference with speakers grills on and off. The results clearly reflects there are roll off in certain parts of the frequencies spectrum, not just in the treble or bass. So it does depends on the listener preference whether he like grills on or off.
Sounds good. Do you have a link for the report you refer to? It sounds as if the report would be quite convincing but without seeing the report itself color me skeptical.
For example this report I’m linking to below appears to indicate that while there might be some measured differences they’re too small to explain the phenomenon. So perhaps the phenomenon is caused by something else other than aberrations the grills might produce.
philipwu 174 posts 10-21-2016 7:50am geoff, i could not remember that magazine that was put up in the net. it wasn’t in english though. i used 3rd party app for translation, but the graphs are easy to understand.
Hi, Philip, one imagines test results can vary even for well intentioned careful testers. The test I linked to was also careful with easy to understand graphs and showed only very small differences that can easily be interpreted as inaudible. Please note I’m NOT suggesting there aren’t audible differences between grills on and grills off. It's simply a case of measuring the WRONG thing.
Easy answer: whichever sounds best to you. In my experience, most sound a little more transparent and open with the grills off, especially if the grill is perforated sheet metal. But some speakers a resonically engineered for the grills to be in place, in which case removing the grills *might* make the speakers sound a little bright.
In the case of my Maggies with permanently attached grills plus that I'm deliriously happy with the sound makes it a very convenient non-issue with me.