Metalex manufactures high-quality expanded metal for use in speaker grille components, which protect the sensitive components of loudspeakers, personal listening devices, telephones, and other sound equipment from contamination by external threats without preventing sound from passing through them. For this reason, it’s important for speaker grille meshes to be constructed from top-performing material that can withstand excessive vibrations, adverse environmental conditions, and other types of wear.
Metalex creates hard and soft meshes for use in a wide range of speaker grille types. Learn more about our quality speaker grille options and capabilities below.
Types of Speaker Grilles.
Speaker grilles are either perforated or expanded metal that form a protective cover over the speaker itself, allowing sound to pass through it without distortion.
At Metalex, our team can provide speaker grilles for any type of application and meet a wide range of design requirements. These include:
Commercial Devices — These are speaker grilles found in headphones and other consumer devices, such as home audio systems. Commercial device speaker grilles must focus on cosmetics. Quality is critical, and each perforation needs to be perfect. Grilles for these applications are usually painted.
Automotive Speakers — Like commercial devices, these grilles are heavily cosmetic. The grilles must be designed to both protect the speaker and be aesthetically pleasing.
Industrial Applications — Speakers for industrial applications are often heavy-duty and do not always require particular aesthetic considerations. These speakers are often mounted in the ceiling of office complexes or sit on top of an amplifier on stage during a concert.
Creating speaker grille components that are right for your application takes some planning. Hole sizes, patterns, and specific grille diameters to accommodate the speakers all need consideration.
Materials are also a factor. Although the majority of speaker grilles are formed from aluminum or mild steel, some grilles have specific material requirements that may be harder to punch. Speaker grilles can be galvanized or bare, depending on the needs of the application.
As a manufacturer, Metalex is involved early in the design process of your grilles. Regardless of hole size, pattern, or grille diameter, we will assist you in fabricating the grille that best suits your needs.
Metalex knows your quality requirements are high, and we have the know-how to get it done right. With over 1,000 holes in some custom grilles, consistency and repeatability are key.
Adaptability — Not Just Perforated Metal
Additionally, we can manufacture speaker grilles using expanded metal, rather than perforated. Metalex is one of the few manufacturers in the industry with both perforated and expanded metal capabilities under the same roof. We do not, however, manufacture the speaker grilles themselves, only the expanded and perforated metal used in their production.
Some of the reasons you may need expanded grilles are:
- Aesthetic design considerations might require our expanded metal
- Expanded metal contains more open space than perforated metals, which could be a necessary requirement.
Learn more about factors to consider for speaker grille manufacturing in our guide, Early Supplier Involvement in Speaker Grilles.
If you require a speaker grille, contact Metalex today. Our expert design team can assist you from design through production, and guarantee a consistent, high-quality product that will satisfy your application needs.