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#369644 - 03/14/12 10:37 AM New Speaker: Grilles on or Off?
Amie Offline
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Luc's Facebook Comments on our grille-on pictures of the new speaker led us to wonder . . . after you buy the new omnidirectional wonder, will you leave the grilles on or take them off to see all 11 drivers in their glory?



To Grille or Not To Grille?
Only one choice allowed


Votes accepted starting: 03/14/12 10:36 AM
You must vote before you can view the results of this poll.


Edited by Amie (03/14/12 10:38 AM)
Edit Reason: added an image
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#369645 - 03/14/12 10:39 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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In general, I prefer "grills on" and leaving something to the imagination!
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#369646 - 03/14/12 10:43 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
CatBrat Offline
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Although sometimes I admit I prefer to look at them naked, it's more practical to leave them on. Especially if little "paws with claws" are prancing about.

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#369647 - 03/14/12 10:45 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
dakkon Offline
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For me it would depend... For movie watching ect, i would want the grill on... As it would be distracting to have them off for watching a movie.. For stereo listening... i would be happy with them on or off.... With that being said, right now all of my grills are on. and my HT/Stereo listening is about 40/60... Stereo during the day, TV/movie at night.

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#369650 - 03/14/12 10:47 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
Wid Offline
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I am a grills on kinda guy.
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#369651 - 03/14/12 10:50 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Wid]
Ajax Offline
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Grilles on for me as well.
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#369653 - 03/14/12 10:52 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
LucRaymond Offline
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I would leave the Grilles on but I would wish for a matching vp180 one. When I look at the front of my room I want so see matching speakers.
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#369656 - 03/14/12 11:07 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Ajax]
cb919 Offline
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I prefer them off, but the WAF dictates they stay on. I will happily concede this minor point on grills given there's full support on the HT front including upgrades!
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#369658 - 03/14/12 11:12 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
J. B. Offline
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Loc: Quebec, Canada
most of the time, my M80's grilles are on so it does not distract me; but sometimes i take them off as i like the looks.
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#369661 - 03/14/12 11:19 AM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
Murph Offline
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I personally like seeing the drivers but I voted for grilles on. Catbrat is correct. Pets = grilles on.
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#369674 - 03/14/12 12:29 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Murph]
onn Offline
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All grills off for me. I want to see as much wood as possible.
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#369682 - 03/14/12 12:43 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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#369683 - 03/14/12 12:44 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
INANE Offline
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Normally I leave my grills on but for this speaker I say off... mainly because I'm not a fan of those slanted lines on em. I'm more of a perpendicular kinda guy.

laugh
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#369684 - 03/14/12 12:44 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
avjunkee Offline
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Grills on for movies.

Grills off for music.

Door locked for toddlers.

smile
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#369686 - 03/14/12 12:46 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
CatBrat Offline
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I'm beginning to think we may need a special closet just for the grills.

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#369692 - 03/14/12 12:57 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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I'm just not a fan of the full-length front grill on this speaker and the M80.
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#369695 - 03/14/12 01:06 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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I thought this new speaker had segmented grills? Or does it just appear that way?
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#369697 - 03/14/12 01:09 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
dakkon Offline
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Registered: 02/08/04
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i think the grill is recessed in the mid range section, to give the a more "design" look, that just a flat grill... i would bet Ian and andrew used the injection molding machine to get the backing to get the correct geometry, then stretch/glue the cloth material to the form.

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#369699 - 03/14/12 01:12 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: dakkon]
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It's actually 3 separate grilles.

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#369707 - 03/14/12 02:23 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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That's what I thought. You can now have different grill configurations depending on your mood. Maybe even different colour options for the segments? I don't think I've ever seen a speaker with three different colours on the front.
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#369708 - 03/14/12 02:55 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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Loc: Montana
Speaking of grills -- see, I'm on topic -- is it possible to buy replacement grills only in different colors? I assume it must be...
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#369712 - 03/14/12 03:50 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
Amie Offline
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@whippersnapper - yes, you can order replacement grilles only without having to get a new speaker. Just give Brent a buzz at 1-866-244-8796 and he'll take care of it for you.

@avjunkee - yes, we actually have an image showign the middle grille in charcoal grey. This will be added as an option in Customize Yours, for people who want that tricked-out look.


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#369717 - 03/14/12 04:11 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
ClubNeon Offline
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Loc: Western Maryland, USA
I recommend you get the grills in purple/green/red from top to bottom, so they are most transparent to their respective frequencies.


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#369718 - 03/14/12 04:30 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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I was thinking the colors for your local NFL team...in-season of course.
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#369721 - 03/14/12 05:23 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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Very cool. I wonder who's idea it was to segment the grill?
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#369723 - 03/14/12 05:49 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: avjunkee]
CatBrat Offline
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Originally Posted By: avjunkee
Very cool. I wonder who's idea it was to segment the grill?


I'm thinking strip tease artist, perhaps.

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#369728 - 03/14/12 08:02 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
tomtuttle Offline
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Are the grills the only difference between the left and right versions?
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#369741 - 03/14/12 08:53 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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I like the grilles off. Especially with a nice wood finish like that.

Like Tom said, the full length grille just covers too much, but I know that is predicated on the amount of drivers.


Edited by St_PatGuy (03/14/12 08:54 PM)
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#369742 - 03/14/12 09:00 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: tomtuttle]
SBrown Offline
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Looks like it, otherwise would it be stereo. cool And what if you want a third for center? Or are these just for two channel, or can I conglomerate my M80's and center with Q's for the ultimate glory in listening performance?
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#369743 - 03/14/12 09:01 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Are the grills the only difference between the left and right versions?


That and the angles of the rear baffles.

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#369744 - 03/14/12 09:03 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: St_PatGuy]
Andrew Offline
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Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I like the grilles off. Especially with a nice wood finish like that.

Like Tom said, the full length grille just covers too much, but I know that is predicated on the amount of drivers.


The production grilles will have a reveal at the top and bottom of the baffle, allowing more of it to be visible. smile

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#369745 - 03/14/12 09:06 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Amie]
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Thanks for the info, Andrew. It's a shame to cover up so much of the speaker if one gets a custom finish!
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#369746 - 03/14/12 09:08 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: Andrew]
tomtuttle Offline
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Originally Posted By: Andrew
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Are the grills the only difference between the left and right versions?


That and the angles of the rear baffles.


Ah! Thank you! It was not apparent to me from the pictures that the rear baffles are not parallel to the front.
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#369747 - 03/14/12 09:17 PM Re: New Speaker: Grilles on or Off? [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
Thanks for the info, Andrew. It's a shame to cover up so much of the speaker if one gets a custom finish!


Agreed! smile

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