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    Default Straw Poll, Grills or no grills and why ?

    Ok, who here runs with or without the grills on their speakers and why ? Just curious is all. On Sunday the 29th I brought home my first pair of quality towers and have decided to run grill-less because the look of the driver stacks to me, appears nicer than a plain black monolith. Do share !
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    Run naked or don't run at all. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Reason? Simply sounds better to me. Less diffraction.

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    I have the grills off in the two channel and HT since I like the appearance, and think there is tiny sound improvement. Also, this subject comes up about 4-5 times a year.

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    My RTA12's have diffraction ramps in the top hats and they were designed to be listened with them on. Also I have no desire in trying to remove dust, hair, and random particles of whatever from 30 year old brittle silk domes as well as tacky MW drivers.
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    Grills always on. If you're looking at the drivers, you're missing the point of listening to music. Besides that, grills keep the dust away, fingers from poking and more importantly, most speakers are voiced with the grills on.

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    Depends on my mood. Before I went with the grill cloth from Magnepan, I most always removed them, but the sheerness of the MG-20.7 fabric has made it so there is no difference at all between on or off. I actually like seeing a hint of the drivsrs peeking through the fabric. Looks kind of sexy actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    I actually like seeing a hint of the drivsrs peeking through the fabric. Looks kind of sexy actually.
    Kind of like women at the beach in swimsuits vs naked. Leaves something to the imagination and as if you're looking at something you're not supposed to be.
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    Unless you are sitting in the dark, it is kind of hard to not see the speakers. Even if they aren't in use they look better, to me, with the grills off.

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    On. In our main entertainment area with 7 speakers, I believe it gives more of a sleek appearance which assists with the wife approval having the large speakers.
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    Eyes closed.......always sounds better as your hearing becomes more acute.
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    Tru dat.

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    I'm usually not looking at the speakers. It's either looking for the location of my beer or what song to play next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Grills always on. If you're looking at the drivers, you're missing the point of listening to music. Besides that, grills keep the dust away, fingers from poking and more importantly, most speakers are voiced with the grills on.

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    I'm with Jesse on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Eyes closed.......always sounds better as your hearing becomes more acute.
    Bingo, actually I have been giving the wife a tutorial on listening with eyes closed for that exact reason too. Your brain just works that way. Then also with her eyes closed I walk her around the room, and have her stand or sit too to hear the differences. She was amazed btw how some things so minute can have big differences.

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    I'm in little different situation here. For the Polk SDA 2bs grills off just because they are that impressive to look at. My DCM TF 350s are of a sock style so no joy either way and their pants stay on .With my ADC 303ax the grills stay on because they remind me of the old AR 2a/3a line that besides the Dalquist 10s were the ugliest grill off speakers ever made.Even w/ the Polks it's getting less and less w/ grills off but it is fun to watch the throw on the mids for a second or 2...

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    I rarely take my grills off but if the mood strikes me I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Grills always on. If you're looking at the drivers, you're missing the point of listening to music. Besides that, grills keep the dust away, fingers from poking and more importantly, most speakers are voiced with the grills on.

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    Jesse and I rarely agree on anything, but in this, I'm with him 100%!

    There was a thread about cleaning drivers periodically, well it occurred to me that I hadn't EVER cleaned my drivers since I had purchased them in 1990. Well I took off the grills and started cleaning, half way through I stopped since I wasn't picking up any dirt.

    Lesson learned, ignore all of you that profess to listening to speakers with grills off, usually because you think it looks cool. My speakers are there to be listened to not to look at the innards. My speakers all sound just great and are clean as a whistle to boot!
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    Grills off because I just prefer the look. Sometimes I put them on for a change up. No noticeable difference in sound to me. Also I listen with eyes open because it literally and figuratively allows me to focus on the music. My eyes are drawn to the images within the soundstage and I can focus on their size and shape relative to the room, how they shift and change, etc. To me that's a really cool effect. With eyes closed I lose that sense of focus and tend to drift off, start thinking about random crap, etc.
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    While I like the look of my Paradigm's Grill less, the manual states they should be played Grilled..
    I honestly can't really tell the difference although since acquiring my new gear I will give it another listen..

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    Grills on! Keeps dust out of the EMIT's.
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    Grills yes, but it depends on what's on them: steak, chicken, ribs, fish or shrimp. And also what kind of "rub" you're using and the family recipe for B-cue sauce. Can't grill without a "grill".

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    I like grills and tops off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Grills always on. If you're looking at the drivers, you're missing the point of listening to music. Besides that, grills keep the dust away, fingers from poking and more importantly, most speakers are voiced with the grills on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Eyes closed.......always sounds better as your hearing becomes more acute.
    For those who have not been around that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Eyes closed.......always sounds better as your hearing becomes more acute.
    Lights out and naked too!

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    Grills on, helps keep everything clean and clean looking, helps improve the WAF also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    Lights out and naked too!
    With a bag of cheetoh's and a 6 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon too? lol
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    I take the grills off every once in a while just to have a look (how can these sound so good?) or sometimes on Saturday night for an hour or so just because.
    Funny how a lot of speakers are probably sold on looks and not how they sound, wife appeal or "manly" yes!
    But I will take my sort of plain 2.3TLS any day. Besides when I listen.... really listen... I close my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Grills always on. If you're looking at the drivers, you're missing the point of listening to music. Besides that, grills keep the dust away, fingers from poking and more importantly, most speakers are voiced with the grills on.
    +1 to this and a +1 to PolkieMan in regards to taking the grilles off every now and then, well, just because.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Eyes closed.......always sounds better as your hearing becomes more acute.
    I'd bet that with your eyes closed you can't see which cables are being used, nor can you see if those little cable riser thingies are in use. Hmmmmm...sounds dangerously close to a blinded-evaluator testing endorsement to me. <BIG cheesy grin!>

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    Am I the only one who hears a difference? My ushers look better with grills, but sound better without. Crazy brought his Vienna bookies over and it was the complete opposite.
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