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Grills: Round or S, quare??

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by jimo, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. jimo

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    Which is considered best? I always liked the full square grill but now I'm kinda liking the round ones that cover the speaker only. Is one better, from a performance or buzzing standpoint?
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    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd say round grills ("bug eyes") are typically lighter...some folks like the way they look and some don't. I think they look fine :)

    A full grill can be a little tricker with buzzing and resonance, but not that difficult to correct, really. A full grill also protects the entire baffle as opposed to just the speakers themselves.

    Hope that helps a little!
  3. bassgod0dmw

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    Looks wise I strongly prefer a grill that covers the entire cab front.
  4. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    I've always gone with the round grills. Never had a problem with them buzzing, and easy on/off when switching out drivers. Have had many a buzz and rattle with full grills.
  5. badstonebass

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    I like old school cloth full grill.
  6. jimo

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    With the round, you still use the isolation standoffs, right?
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    No standoffs required.
    Most (all?) drivers have a gasket on the front. Most (all?) round grills have a vinyl "cushion".
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    Full grill.
  9. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for The Patrick Godbey Band Supporting Member

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    I like the full grill on my cabs.

    Cheers,
    Jim
  10. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Truth.
  11. jimo

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    I will be building the TL606 and the speaker covers most of the baffle anyway. Thanks for all the replies, I know I will have more questions before I get through. Thanks for your patience!!! I appreciate the help!!!
  12. Mykk

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    Full cab grills. They appear way more professional to me. Isolated round speaker grills are to 'home/garage made' for my taste.

    Now, as far as full cab grills are concerned I prefer a circular pattern as opposed to a square pattern.
  13. HolmeBass

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    No dispersion penalties or frequency masking with the round "bug eye" grills? I had a fEARful builder bail on my project when I insisted on round grills... he claimed there was no way they couldn't interfere with dispersion.
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    :confused:

    That's weird. They won't interfere any more or less than a full front. Which to use is pretty much just based on looks. In order to interfere, the grill would have to have such a small percentage of open area it could act as a boundry for the wavelengths being produced. Any wavelengths that short would be coming from the tweeter anyway and are pretty much non-existant in bass guitar sound.
  15. will33

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    He may've meant diffraction, but even still, the grill isn't going to have any effect you could hear.
  16. Mike Arnopol

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    The new Penn Elcom round grills look really nice. On my composite builds I have to use round grills. I never really liked the look of the "waffle" grills. But the new ones look really slick. I think they actually look a bit more "high tech" than the full grills.

    Not trying to sell my cabs---there are pics of the new grills in a recent thread about my composite cabs---take a look. You can get them from

    speakerhardware.com
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    Those to look a lot cleaner, more professional/less "home-made", to me than the waffles.

    Have you ever heard of grills, assuming a good portion of open area, ever causing some problem with radiation patterns? I haven't, and can't hear any difference with mine on or off. I suppose there technically could be some interference but I think it would take a controlled environment/critical listening room to hear, and maybe even then not with a live intsrument. Sounds like cork-sniffer stuff to me.:D

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