Grills on or off? poll sort of

Maybe I am paranoid but I like the grills on to protect the drivers and I don't much like looking at them either. I know some hear a difference with them off but I am just wondering more about aesthetics. Who likes seeing their drivers and who don't?
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,725
    Yeah lots of threads and polls on this subject, I leave them on all my speakers except my 2.3tl's as they are so sexy :*
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,256
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,256
    I ain't gonna read all of those threads but at a glance they were more about sound than looks. My 707 grills have failed and I hate the look of them off maybe it just gives me the willies
  • I guess you need to use the old pro's and con rule

    Kids=con
    pets=con
    smoker=con
    humid location=con

    Audiophile look=pro x10 factor
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,256
    @recoveryone I have controlled for all of the above, my old dog just snores most of the time.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,723
    I hear a difference with the grills on with my 705 or Bryston mini t. Much better off.
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,823
    In my 2 channel system, Off when I'm listening, I like the look better. On when I'm not listening to keep dust off. The theater is different. Sometimes on sometimes off. I like the polks with or without grills. The 705's are gorgeous if you ask me.
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  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,350
    Off for me.
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  • ^^^^ +1
  • I prefer to leave the grills on. My RTi's look dated with the grills off. That, and I don't notice an audible difference.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,852
    edited November 2015
    Polk grills are off for critical listening.... mostly on any other time
  • adabroadabro Posts: 203
    I have kids - grills are on
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,081
    Always on for me but when someone stops by that have never seen my SDA's, I pull them off and enjoy the comments... B)
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,558
    Mine don't come with grills.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,048
    afterburnt wrote: »

    that cracked me up, if you only knew how many times at work I'd use that line from :)

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    I been taking them off more & more lately. I like to see the drivers I guess.
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  • New24kNew24k Posts: 51
    Mostly on... lol

    Btw: is there any safe way of taking the Polk Audio oval badge off of the LSiMs?
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,256
    New24k wrote: »
    Mostly on... lol

    Btw: is there any safe way of taking the Polk Audio oval badge off of the LSiMs?

    that's like the only thing holding the grills up on my 707s
    Actually I just got replacements from Polk and they seem to hang on better than the orginals. I have did the thump test yet though.
  • New24kNew24k Posts: 51
    afterburnt wrote: »

    that's like the only thing holding the grills up on my 707s
    Actually I just got replacements from Polk and they seem to hang on better than the orginals. I have did the thump test yet though.

    The oval Polk Audio enblem at the bottom of the 707 is what holds the speaker grill up?
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,262
    New24k wrote: »
    afterburnt wrote: »

    that's like the only thing holding the grills up on my 707s
    Actually I just got replacements from Polk and they seem to hang on better than the orginals. I have did the thump test yet though.

    The oval Polk Audio enblem at the bottom of the 707 is what holds the speaker grill up?

    There are magnets embedded in the speaker...are they not working???
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,256
    Kthey wernt thats why ierdered replacements
  • cvccvc Posts: 64
    Real audiophile men take the grills off.. Even my girlfriend takes the grills off..Take the grills off..
  • Like already said here,this has been covered many times and just to add my 2 cents it's never a hard and fast rule for me. I do like gawking at all my sets w/ the exception of my DCM Time Frame 350s which are sock style speakers and have a do not remove sign on them if not literally then figuratively.
    The 2 sets that would would NEVER go grills off because they are hideous looking would be Dahlquist D-10s and AR-3As. Forget that these are probably 2 of the most iconic sets of the early 70s and way earlier for the ARs and never got a negative review sound wise, but grills off they are the ugliest ever made.

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    http://www.vintageaudioonline.com/acoustic-research-ar-3a-speakers/
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,236
    Don't got no grilles.

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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,256
    well I am sick of them falling off so I guess it is grills off on the 707s
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,823
    afterburnt wrote: »
    well I am sick of them falling off so I guess it is grills off on the 707s

    That has to be annoying....
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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,863
    Off, all the time. Most of the time when I buy new speakers they are never even unpacked...
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  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    Is the overall audible/visual experience of a listening session enhanced more with them on or off, there is your decision.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • I prefer on as the Polk 1C's with the grills off distract from the sound. Since they are all black I can turn the lights down and get lost in the music
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