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What finish would you choose?
Black painted 6%  6%  [ 9 ]
White painted 9%  9%  [ 15 ]
Walnut veneer 24%  24%  [ 38 ]
Oak veneer 5%  5%  [ 8 ]
Cherry veneer 23%  23%  [ 37 ]
Rosewood veneer 29%  29%  [ 46 ]
Black Ash veneer 4%  4%  [ 7 ]
Total votes : 160
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:17 pm 
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If you were going to buy a pair of new loudspeakers this year and your chosen make and model was available in all the above finishes, what would be your first choice?

Feel free to post your second and third (or more choices, in decending order) below.


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I really like Grey Birch and Olive Ash Burl

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Rosewood
Mahogany
Black Ash
White ( small speakers only )
Piano Black

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:52 pm 
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Birds eye maple


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Cherry, Rosewood.

NOT Piano Black.


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I'm really intrigued by the recent Harbeth's Silver Eucalyptus ... it looks beautiful and special on pics while I've never seen a real one yet myself.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:02 pm 
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A quick story:

A long while ago, Electrolux, planning new products, held a focus group of consumers asking which colour they preferred for a new line of vacuum cleaners.

The Electrolux people were pleased as they took everyone's response: Red! Pink! Yellow! Etc.

In appreciation of their contribution, the participants were offered a vacuum cleaner in the colour of their choice from the new upcoming line.

They all chose beige/brown...It is a matter of context.

I think that in speakers, the more expensive it gets, the more conservative things stay, with the odd Ferrari red for the excentrics! Not unlike classic black and silver for electronics. With exceptions of course, love that Leben green and that old Sonic Frontier anodized yellow/gold !

PS: About the poll, is the Black painted option indicative of matte/satin bkack or high-gloss piano finish. They are so different that they could count as two separate finishes IMHO .


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I've gone through many, many pairs of speakers, and the ones I liked the look of the most were Harbeth SHL-5's in Tiger Ebony wood. I replaced them with Harbeth SHL-5 Plus speakers in Cherry, and while they sounded slightly better, I missed the awesome look of the Tiger Ebony finish.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:18 pm 
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electrafixion wrote:
I've gone through many, many pairs of speakers, and the ones I liked the look of the most were Harbeth SHL-5's in Tiger Ebony wood. I replaced them with Harbeth SHL-5 Plus speakers in Cherry, and while they sounded slightly better, I missed the awesome look of the Tiger Ebony finish.


I am myself trying to exchange my piano black high-gloss Verity Audio speakers for the exact same model in a different finish. I love piano mirror-like high-gloss black, classy and goes with anything. But the fact is we already have too much black in our living room. Been looking for months, no luck so far.

Still, there are merits to a piano finish: Most speakers look a bit smaller and less imposing and the mirror effect makes them blend-in with any decor. But alongside a 48" piano and glossy black TV, it could be a bit much ;)


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Loved the palisander finish on the Audio Note AN-J/Lx Hemp speakers I had least year (Pic grabbed from the Cammer that bought them from me)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:35 pm 
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Black painted - Yuck
White painted - Yuck
Walnut veneer - Can be ok
Oak veneer - Yuuuuck
Cherry veneer - Blech
Rosewood veneer - Can be beautiful...or meh
Black Ash veneer - kill it with fire. Should be banned by the united nations.


I really love speakers, and I really care about aesthetics, which makes me really picky. There's few objects I like more than a beautiful speaker.

I find the common cherry-wood (though not nearly as ubiquitous as it once was) to be a very boring wood. Boring color, boring grain. Oak remind me of 70's basements.
Walnut can be nice, but usually the finish used by speaker manufacturers is dull for walnut.
Rosewood is sort of all over the place, from truly beautiful when there is a dramatic natural grain and glowing natural color, to cheesy when it's artificial looking.

My favorite woods tend to be the more exotic and expensive, e.g. the Ebonies - Tiger Ebony, Macassar Ebony, etc.

I had the Harbeth SuperHL5 Plus speakers in Rosewood not long ago. The finish was really beautiful, gorgeous grain, nice cabinet work, a bit on the red/orange side but still, real lookers. But they totally clashed with my room which is done in a combination of creams, black and ebony browns.

A while back I lucked into a pair of Thiel 2.7 speakers in their premium ebony. Aside from the fact those aren't even made anymore, the fact I got them in the finish I always coveted is extremely gratifying. They are among the nicest looking speakers I've ever seen and fit my room perfectly.

Other contenders for most beautiful speaker finishes, to my eye, are some of the current Audio Physic speakers - Avanti and Codex. The combination of the interesting woods and colors combined with the glass coating creates a jewel-like flawless quality that make me think "must have!"


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:41 pm 
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Tiger ebony.

But chicken is nice, chicken is nice with palm butter and rice.


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Speakers that disappear! Light wood with nice grain.

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I have Redgum Manna speakers that are finished in, you guessed it, redgum eucalyptus veneer. I think they look great in a room full of mid-century modern teak and mahogany.


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Rosewood.....


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