Speaker clothes are an essential part of your speaker that gives them beauty. They also serve as protection for the speaker against dust and other particles or instruments that can get into the speaker. However, over time, they get damaged through wear and tear which leaves you with the challenge of replacing them.
This article is a careful guide with step-by-step approaches on how to easily replace your speaker clothes. Please note that if you want to replace your speaker grill cloth simply because it is dirty, we have a guide on how to clean speaker grill cloth.
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Changing your speaker material may not always be because of a tear in the material, sometimes could just be to change the look because of fading.
But when changing the speaker cloth special attention should be placed on the material selection for reasons which include:
- Effect of the material on the sound flow from the speaker; and
- The weight of the material on the frame.
This is because if the material is too thick or without enough holes, it might affect the audibility of the sound produced by the speaker. Also, a heavy material speaker cover material may place too much weight on the speaker.
Therefore, to get the best selection for your speaker cover, the following should be checked:
Open weave and mesh material could be the best option you will be selecting for your speaker covering, this is because it allows sound to travel easily through the cloth.
One of the most important functions of the speaker cover is to protect the speaker from dust accumulation. Verify that the material will be effective in protecting the speaker from dust. This is why a lot of people use acoustic cloth as well to limit the dust.
As much as sound delivery is of high importance, you might want to add the beauty of the material to the list of your requirements.
Replacing Speaker Cloth Step By Step Procedure
One thing you should know by now is that speaker clothes are not woven into the frame but instead are simply attached to the outer frame alone. Therefore, removing and adding new clothes should be pretty easy.
However, if the necessary steps are not followed properly, it might damage the frame of the speaker. Here is an outline explaining how to properly install your new clothes on your speaker:
- For most speakers, the frame is connected to the speaker by a set of pins at the four corners. Separate the speaker from the frame by using a screwdriver to gently unhook it from the frame. Separate the speaker from the frame completely by unhooking the frame from the four pins.
2. After removing the frame from the speaker, gently separate the cloth from the frame without damaging the frame. As it is with most speakers, you will notice the clothing is gently bent at the edge along with the frame. Straighten the bent edges to unhook the cloth from the frame. Some clothes are glued to the frame which might require extra effort to separate.
3. Preparing the frame for the new fabric begins with a thorough cleaning of the frame surfaces. Aside from that, lay your new cloth down on a clean, level surface with the right side down.
4. Glue is essential for ensuring the cloth stays perfectly on the frame and to make it neatly spread on the frame. Spread the glue on the back of the frame. Only spread the glue an inch from the outside of the frame.
5. Place the front side of the frame on the speaker cloth with the surface having glue faced up. The corners of the fabric should be drawn on the gum at each of the corners with additional effort using a staple gun. To ensure that the fabric stays perfectly on the frame, stretch it before stapling it to make it tight.
6. Pull each cloth edge onto the corner of the frame and ensure all four sides are tightly placed. After spreading the cloth evenly on the four corners, leave it for some minutes or approximately an hour to dry out properly.
7. Cut out any part that seems to be in excess using scissors or a knife to give it a neat finish. Finish the process by pressing the removed frame into the corner pins from which it was earlier disengaged.
Can You Use Any Cloth For Speakers?
Yes! However, when it comes to sound quality, the straight answer is no! A light material will allow sounds from the speaker to travel faster than a thicker one. The majority of the time, the focus is on how the material choice will impact the speaker’s sound production.
Thick, poorly woven clothing may not be the best choice for your speaker but at the same time, too light material may wear too easily.
Does Removing Speaker Covers Affect Sound?
Answering yes or no in the affirmative might be misleading. This is because the characteristics and maker of the speaker will be the determining factor of the result.
Here is the problem, some speaker manufacturers put the speaker cover into their design plan to determine what happens and what doesn’t when it is removed.
However, most of the time even when there is a difference in sound production, it is almost unnoticeable. Whereas speaker covers only serve the purpose of dust protection for the speaker.
Although in some cases removing the speaker cover makes it sound a little bit with less bass; this is because of a phenomenon known as diffraction.
Diffraction is just a fancy word to explain how sounds behave when they hit a surface. Whether the speaker cover affects your speaker or not will be indicated in the manufacturer’s user guide the speaker.
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Finally, because of damage and wear, it is critical to replace speaker clothes regularly if possible. However, if you don’t know what type of fabric to use or what effect it will have on the speaker’s sound production, choosing the correct cloth for your speaker might be a difficult task.
This post has carefully explained the step-by-step procedure to install your new speaker cloth, as well as the elements to consider while selecting a new one. Following the steps listed above will make it easy to change your speaker clothe.
Norvan Martin is the founder of BoomSpeaker.com. He is a professional Electronics Engineer and is passionate about home theater systems and AV electronics. BoomSpeaker was created as an online hub to share his knowledge and experiences as it relates to home theaters and home audio electronics.