Undressing

March 6, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

I know, you're waking up to this blog post and getting all excited.

Undressing! (Thank goodness it's not me doing the disrobing).

I am referring to the undressing of the grille cloth from in front of the speaker.

How many times have you wondered about grilles on or off? Did the designer voice and measure the speaker with grills on or off? What's the right thing to do?

If it wasn't meant to be listened through why did they put it there in the first place?

Truth is, speakers are generally designed and measured with the grills off—which is also how you should listen to them. The exceptions would be a Vandersteen or Golden Ear where the grille "sock" is an integral part of the design.

Grilles are generally window dressing that should be immediately disrobed, set naked upon the world.

Naked speakers.

See? I didn't get you all excited for nuthin'.

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