Calling all Wharfedale Evo 30 & 40 owners

Is the finish on the evo plain stain, or does it have a mild gloss or satin finish?

Do you feel that this speaker can hang with the competition in it's class, mainly it's sister speaker, the Quad 22L? I had started looking at the Swan 6.1 because of it's attractive price, but I came across a good deal on Evos. I know I like the Wharfedale sound because I've heard the Diamonds and thought they were great for the money, just a bad vinyl wrap.
the evo will hold its own....only the piano finish is gloss..others are satin. an overlooked true value