Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

How do you listen to your speakers?

  • Grilles On

    Votes: 18 40.9%
  • Grilles Off

    Votes: 21 47.7%
  • What are grilles?

    Votes: 5 11.4%

  • Total voters


Seriously, I have no life.
My Canton Vento speakers for sure sounds different (worse and lower to my ears) with the grills on, so I've removed them for the fronts ones but left them on for my surrounds that are close to the wall. I'd rather have the grills on for protection, and did so when our child was small.

Looking at the construction of the grills that are MDF plates with holes for the drivers and some acoustically transparent cloth on top.
Yup! Very, very bad design, guaranteed to produce a bucket load of diffraction issues. I just can't fathom where these speaker designers learned their craft, or actually did not learn.


Audioholic Samurai
Paradigm in their ultimate wisdom charges insane $$ for Persona Speaker Grills...so yes, happy to do without, my two cats...not so much


On on my Paradigm Studios.

Off on my Vienna Acoustics.

Used to be on for my Paradigm Mini Monitors but off now as they interfere with the slanted stands I have now. They definitely seem clearer/brighter with them off in this case.
Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

Audioholic Chief
On on my Arendal 1723 towers. I think these things would stop anything short of a bullet. Good to have on when the kids are dancing around. Too much trouble to put keep taking off and remembering to put back on so they stay on to protect my big babies.


Audioholic Ninja
I've had mine on lately on the JBL monitors. Even immediate near field is hard to hear a difference. If there is one, it's not wrong, either way, and whatever subtle difference there may be, it's lost on me 30 seconds in and the music cancels it out. In other words, it's too subtle to focus on.

When I am listening to them with the grilles on, nothing compels me to remove them. On these JBLs, the grilles are open on all 4 edges as they are suspended off of the baffle.
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Full Audioholic
I always leave my grills on. I have a seemingly endless supply of toddler grandchildren.


Audioholic Samurai
I leave them on, I used to occasionally take them off. But they get less dust on them when they’re on. And they’re safer from the dog or cat being silly :p.. o_O


Audioholic Intern
Primarily with the grills on my Heco Aurora 700s. There IS an audible difference with them off but is so slight as to be negligible. But with them on, they just look so classy, and sexy. Just like a woman. Leaves something to the imagination instead of focusing on the drivers. I prefer to enjoy the speaker as a whole. This is also for HiFi.

For my HT, the perforated metal grills that my MartinLogans use only come off to clean the speakers of dust every couple of years or so.

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