Grills: Round or S, quare??

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

  1. jimo


    Jan 21, 2013
    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?
  2. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    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. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Looks wise I strongly prefer a grill that covers the entire cab front.
  4. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    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


    Jun 7, 2006
    I like old school cloth full grill.
  6. jimo


    Jan 21, 2013
    With the round, you still use the isolation standoffs, right?
  7. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    No standoffs required.
    Most (all?) drivers have a gasket on the front. Most (all?) round grills have a vinyl "cushion".
  8. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    Full grill.
  9. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    I like the full grill on my cabs.

  10. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
  11. jimo


    Jan 21, 2013
    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. 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. 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.
  14. will33


    May 22, 2006

    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


    May 22, 2006
    He may've meant diffraction, but even still, the grill isn't going to have any effect you could hear.
  16. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    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
  17. will33


    May 22, 2006
    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