I recently purchased a pair of Mini 2s in maple. The finish is done right. The wood has a beautiful grain and looks classy not cheap. I think the light color helps the grain on the wood sides stand out and highlights the curves as well. The only thing I would point out is that the lighter color shows the layers of wood on the sides of the top plate more than the darker colors. My neighbor said it reminded him of the finish on his Magico V3s. I have been very happy with the finish and equally impressed with the sound. Also, I have a pair of Be718s (black) in a second system and love them as well.