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Apologies for a lay man question
Should we just take the grills off speaker or use with them?
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Should we just take the grills off speaker or use with them?

They're for looks, and also to protect the speakers against little peanut-butter covered fingers and pencils. You could go either way. I've got kids, so they're a necessity.
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I used to leave them on, but now I run without grilles and much prefer both the sound and the look.
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most prefer to leave them off unless you need extra protection from kids and pets or WAF. I use grills for above reasons but if its just me at home then they come off
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Only a few companies voice them with the grills on -- so with that exception, a lot of us listen with the grills off

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Apologies for a lay man question
Should we just take the grills off speaker or use with them?
Off if you prefer the look or sound.

On if you don't, or if you have pets/kids to worry about.

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Only a few companies voice them with the grills on -- so with that exception, a lot of us listen with the grills off

Very interesting. I never gave it any thought and always assumed they typically voiced them to compensate for the grills (since "grills on" is probably the more common case, at least among the mainstream customer base). I've never done any critical listening with grills removed -- going to need to try that.
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Should we just take the grills off speaker or use with them?
As I have cats I never take the chance to leave them off.

Plus I prefer the look with them on and don't notice much change if any with them on or off.

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I primarily use my HT for movies. I take the speaker grills off during use and put them back right after.

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Off unless I won’t use that set-up for day or 2. Have 3 main set-ups and grilles off on all 3; prefer the look also but also we have no pets or little kids

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See post 92 in this thread of a member who measured the RSL CG5 and CG25 with grills on and off.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-sp...l#post58861966

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Apologies for a lay man question
Should we just take the grills off speaker or use with them?
Either or is fine. I have them on only because I have a cat that can potentially put his claws through the woofer, otherwise I would probably leave them off.

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Very interesting. I never gave it any thought and always assumed they typically voiced them to compensate for the grills (since "grills on" is probably the more common case, at least among the mainstream customer base). I've never done any critical listening with grills removed -- going to need to try that.
You can not narrow it down to one set of speakers, and/or one set of speaker measurements for one speaker .... if one can not really hear much difference with their speakers, then go by preference. Sometimes it is more about the frames and not the cover material. In the end it is more about what the personal ear can pick-up, and what may or may not irritate them .... I know what I tend to hear with certain sets of speakers ... in the end cats tend to have the last word.
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