speaker covers

dan76n

Standard Member
hi all,
Is it safe to leave the covers off your speakers or can they be damaged by dust (ect). I have wharfdale evo 3, evo 8 and evo center
 

Astaroth

Well-known Member
I cannot see how they will be damaged by dust - after all alot of speakers have an uncovered port into the cabinate itself.

The main concern of leaving the grills off is that little figures (or possibly big fingers after a little to much to drink) may decide to touch the cones or worse still the tweeter dome.

If there arent little imps and no drunken debautary then there shouldnt be any issues with leaving them off - many people believe that their speakers do actually sound better without them - unfortuantly I have both the problems above plus the front baffle on my speakers is butt ugly and so the grills on mine stay firmly on
 

dan76n

Standard Member
what happens if the speaker cone or tweater is touched? will it shorten life like headlight bulb due to oil in fingers or is it more to do with how hard they are touched
 

Astaroth

Well-known Member
The tweeter domes tend to be very soft and easily dented/mis-shapened which will effect its sonics

Speaker cones can be made of many different materials but I would be surprised if grease from someones fingers could cause significant deteriation of the material. With these the major problems are splits/holes through the material and 'damage' to the magnetic setup in the driver unit if they are atempting to drive forward but someones fingers are preventing it form doing so.

Prehaps someone else can jump in if they have more relevant experience?
 

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