POLL - SDA fans - Grills On or Off?

audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
edited October 2010 in Vintage Speakers
Ok, I know this question has been asked before, but I thought I'd pose it again (to get to know people and more insight... or perhaps you have a different answer this time around).

On your SDAs, do you keep your grills on or off? Why?

In most pictures I notice people have the grills off. I'd assume that's probably for obvious reasons -- people want to see/show off the condition of the drivers, cross-over plate (if your model has it), tweeters, etc. However, is there a benefit one way or the other?

So far, I've been keeping my grills ON (2.3's) in my home theater, because I really can't see them when the movie is playing anyway. But OFF (SDA-SRS) in my upstairs rig, because they look incredible!

Does light/sound/dust play a role in your choice?

Thanks for the opinions/answers!
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  • kawizx9rkawizx9r Posts: 5,179
    edited September 2010
    I kept them off on my SDA-1C's because I felt the grill muffled some of the minor detail the SL2000's were playing.

    That and they look damn good without the grills on, IMO. :D
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,722
    edited September 2010
    If you are watching the drivers move while listening to the music, you are not actually listening.

    Another fact to consider, speakers that come with grills are designed with that in mind, therefore removing the grills will change the intended sonic signature.
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  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited September 2010
    F1nut wrote: »
    If you are watching the drivers move while listening to the music, you are not actually listening.

    Another fact to consider, speakers that come with grills are designed with that in mind, therefore removing the grills will change the intended sonic signature.

    Good point about watching the drivers. When really "listening" to music, closing your eyes is the best...

    I was expecting someone to mention the "intended sonic signature". But to play devil's advocate, aren't all of the cross-over, dynamat, mortite, rings, tweeter upgrades, etc, messing with the intended sonic signature to a much greater extent than having a grill on or off?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,722
    edited September 2010
    I was expecting someone to mention the "intended sonic signature". But to play devil's advocate, aren't all of the cross-over, dynamat, mortite, rings, tweeter upgrades, etc, messing with the intended sonic signature to a much greater extent than having a grill on or off?

    Yeah, I figured someone would go there. The mods definitely affect the intended sonic signature, but for the better. Removing the grills just makes the sound brighter, which in my book, is not a good thing.
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  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited September 2010
    F1nut wrote: »
    Yeah, I figured someone would go there. The mods definitely affect the intended sonic signature, but for the better. Removing the grills just makes the sound brighter, which in my book, is not a good thing.

    Fair enough, just thought I'd point that out. :) Some people actually prefer it to be brighter as well (like a friend of mine that stopped over a couple days ago... he loved the highs of my non-modded SDA-SRS's).

    Other On/Off opinions/observations/biases/reasons?
  • ValentineValentine Posts: 46
    edited September 2010
    Before 6 beers I keep them on to just let them sing to me, after 6 beers off so I can make sure I don't kill them. Cause you know who (me) can't hear worth a crap after some liquid influence.
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited September 2010
    Valentine wrote: »
    .... after 6 beers off so I can make sure I don't kill them. Cause you know who (me) can't hear worth a crap after some liquid influence.


    So, if I understand correctly, you're saying you use a visual reference to make sure you aren't pushing them too hard? :D
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited September 2010
    Lasareath wrote: »
    Mine are off 95% of the time. they are off right now. Today I put them on for 2 minutes to show a relative and then I took them back off.

    That almost sounds backwards from what a lot of people might do! I imagine the typical encounter to be... "Hey, check out my speakers... <take off grill>.... ok, that's enough... <put grill back on>".

    Instead, you're like "Hey, check out what my speakers look like with the grills on... <puts grills on>.... ok, that's enough, I need to see the drivers again... <removes grills>".

    Classic! Thanks for responding.

    (BTW, I've seen your "blog" about how you restored your 1.2tl's... INCREDIBLE! Beautiful speakers. I'd show them off too!)
  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,977
    edited September 2010
    Grills on
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,131
    edited September 2010
    At first I kept them off just cause of the awe factor, now I keep them on...
  • KnuckleheadKnucklehead Posts: 3,614
    edited September 2010
    Well, if RT8T's are considered part of the SDA family, then they stay on.
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  • KnuckleheadKnucklehead Posts: 3,614
    edited September 2010
    Lasareath wrote: »
    Thanks!

    Below is a pic I snapped while showing off my system to my uncle who just came from Italy a few days ago. He never seen my house yet. We were playing some Andrea Bocelli.

    My Uncle is the one closest to the 1.2tl and the other guy is my Dad.

    Wow, those speakers are monsters.
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  • mmadden28mmadden28 Posts: 4,327
    edited September 2010
    I generally keep mine on. I kow its just a mind trick, but they seem to almost disappear when the grills are on. I've found the visuals of the drivers too distracting when listening, even though I can't see them actually move. I'm not sure I can tell if there is an audible difference or not at this point (I haven't yet had somebody putting them on and off while blind listening)

    I'm in the process now of replacing the fabric on my grills with something more see-through, so I'll still have the grills on, but with the slight visibility of the drivers to see the inner workings so to speak, while at the same time keeping dust and what not off the drivers.
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,131
    edited September 2010
    Well when I do critical listening the lights are out and candle light. so the grills don't matter to me then,and all the new grill cloth that is out there is more transperent then the grill cloth polk used back in the day..
  • Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
    edited September 2010
    Grills on, Lights out, Favorite Beverage in hand, Candle burning across the room and Vinyl spinning on Turntable = Paradise.
    WOW!

    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited September 2010
    At first I kept them off just cause of the awe factor, now I keep them on...

    Yeah, I think that's probably how I'll end up eventually. Currently I just look at them (whether playing music or not), in awe. I'm sure that will wear off in a year or two. :D

    As many have pointed out, lights off (or low light) is my favorite way to listen to them as well. If really helps when trying to visualize the soundstage. Oh, and a beverage of choice is always recommended!
  • rayslifecyclerayslifecycle Posts: 509
    edited September 2010
    Grills on - always - unless I feel like watching them dance.
    My favorite to watch is the sub though. If I put on Lord of the Rings the MicroPro 1000 dances across the floor. :)
    Actually - there is a question for another post.
  • BobsamaBobsama Posts: 526
    edited September 2010
    I prefer the sound with the grills off, but I usually keep them on because I distrust people walking by the tweeters.
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  • thejckthejck Posts: 800
    edited September 2010
    Grills on because I like the thought of the hidden potential.
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  • mole'mole' Posts: 3,160
    edited September 2010
    keep mine off
    mole'
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited September 2010
    Interesting, it seems like we're a fairly divided bunch. At least we can all agree on one thing.... SDA's are incredible speakers! :D
  • EarthyEarthy Posts: 485
    edited September 2010
    I keep mine on. They just look ominous that way. I guess I liken it to my younger years driving around with the hood off after an engine swap. So to keep with tradition, after I upgrade my speakers, i'll give them a test drive with the covers off.:)
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,428
    edited September 2010
    I have been experimenting with this a lot lately. I do like the "openness" you get with the grills off. As Jesse said though, the sounds does get brighter with the grills off. It depends on my mood and what's being played whether they are on or off.

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,722
    edited September 2010
    Smallies wrote: »
    I feel like I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to powering my 4 sda-2's. I got a Crest FA-1201 this summer that sounds just fine with one speaker clipped all with wrong tweaters sl-2500 and of course no interconnect cable used until I get a 6-700 watt per side amp. The fabric on these grills is very thick. I'm still thanking the day I first removed them.

    A pro amp, one fubared speaker, the wrong tweeters, no SDA cable and you think it sounds just fine!?! I'm sorry, but your credibility just flew out the window. :eek:
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  • Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
    edited September 2010
    Smallies wrote: »
    I feel like I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to powering my 4 sda-2's. I got a Crest FA-1201 this summer that sounds just fine with one speaker clipped all with wrong tweaters sl-2500 and of course no interconnect cable used until I get a 6-700 watt per side amp. The fabric on these grills is very thick. I'm still thanking the day I first removed them.

    Stop worrying about the amplification and fix those poor speakers.

    You have no idea of how good they can actually be at all!!!!
    WOW!

    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,131
    edited September 2010
    F1nut wrote: »
    A pro amp, one fubared speaker, the wrong tweeters, no SDA cable and you think it sounds just fine!?! I'm sorry, but your credibility just flew out the window. :eek:


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  • gdbgdb Posts: 6,125
    edited September 2010
    I don't drive my car with the hood removed so that I can see the engine, or...........take the grilles off my SDAs to see their "engines" either. Grille cloth is a LOT cheaper/easier to replace than passives or drivers!:D
  • bsturgeon89bsturgeon89 Posts: 128
    edited September 2010
    At first I kept them off just cause of the awe factor, now I keep them on...


    Ditto...its nice to look at from time to time. Usually they just come off now when someone wants to see whats behind the "curtain"
  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,977
    edited September 2010
    Smallies wrote: »
    I feel like I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to powering my 4 sda-2's. I got a Crest FA-1201 this summer that sounds just fine with one speaker clipped all with wrong tweaters sl-2500 and of course no interconnect cable used until I get a 6-700 watt per side amp. The fabric on these grills is very thick. I'm still thanking the day I first removed them.

    Ouch
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  • chandler9achandler9a Posts: 830
    edited September 2010
    Grills on unless I have to prove to others that it really is just one tweeter, two MW's and a passive that sounds so good;)
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