Red Maple Ref 3A
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Ebm, I see you post that response a lot; kinda ironic how your statement sums up your response quite well.
Just wondering what some of your favorite finishes are in part so that some of us may find some new finishes that we like, for instance Cocobolo... I had not seen that one before. I also like piano gloss black or white and bubinga.
Nice! Bocote wasn't one I had seen before either.
I'll add Piano Ebony on Monitor Audio Gold GX to the list also. The Rosewood on my Quad 22L2's were pretty nice also but the clear coat wasn't perfectly smooth like some speakers.
Musicpod, I looked up the grey color on sf speakers; it's actually called graphite and that is another color I have not seen on wood. Really pretty!
Sonus Faber's walnut - loved the original Concertinos and Concertos, and now the Olympica is even nicer. I would buy the Olympicas just to stare at them.
The red birds eye gloss on the B&W 805 Signature.
I wasn't sure I'd like the carbon fiber on the Wilson Benesch designs, but it looks amazing. I'm normally a wood guy, but they're the exception.
The aesthetics of my speakers are important to me - they're not just sound boxes, they're part of the decor, I want to enjoy looking at them as well as listening to them.
"Sonus Faber's walnut - loved the original Concertinos and Concertos, and now the Olympica is even nicer. I would buy the Olympicas just to stare at them."
As an owner of the SF Olympica III,without a doubt, the fit and finish on these speakers are superb and second to none. Not only are they beautiful to look at [love that natural walnut ] but to caress that finish, and smell that leather, could be considered borderline illegal in most states.....8^)
The old Duntech Sovereigns had a Santos Rosewood veneer, I believe, that was beautiful on that speaker. I think the Infinity IRS also used that veneer. In the current finishes, a lot of beauties from Sonus Faber have been mentioned; I also like Nola's high gloss rosewood with the gloss black accents on their Micro References.
Hey Aolmrd1241, the leather on the Olympicas is real leather, not the faux stuff from the earlier lines correct? Something about Italian leather - the scent from Campomaggi leather accessories is the perfect example - it's just fantastic. I was serious - I'll buy a pair of the standmounts one day just to admire them, you're a lucky fellow to have those IIIs.
Bcgator,yes,the leather on these are real. As are the walnut veneers used on the panels. I was once told that all speaker manufacturers aspire to be of Sonus faber quality. After buying the Olympicas,I can now see why.Truly a work of art.Not only in the quality of sound,but also,in the all out craftsmanship used in their construction. Bravo SF...
Brazilian Rosewood (Palisander) is beautiful, but I ended up with black piano finish speakers (similar to Wilson Puppy) that I hated with passion. My wife even mentioned that they resemble small coffins. Now they are growing on me and I think I even like them. One advantage I can think of is ability to fix scratches. Any piano repair place should be able to take care of it.
Why is Brazilian rosewood banned from being shipped to most countries?
I had never seen Brazilian rosewood and it is gorgeous!
Rja, interesting that you prefer a matte over a gloss finish; I would bet that the majority prefers gloss. I prefer gloss finishes but you make a good point that you like anything nicely figured; I agree.
The more character the better, in my opinion.
Also, what is the term when the veneer matches on both speakers? Is that called book matched? This is also a quality I like; when both speakers are tied together whether mirror or a continuation.
I think the Bubinga finish on my Monitor Audio GX50's is really pretty and I appreciate that it is one continuous piece of veneer all the way around each speaker.
I've looked up every speaker mentioned here and there are definitely some beautiful speakers mentioned. What I didn't expect was to see how many were on display in ridiculous homes.
None that I know of now. All my speakers are ProAc's, which I brought directly from the UK. About four years ago I purchased a rosewood pair of 140's from the UK. Can't really tell if it is truly 'Brazilian', but they are beautiful. For the last ten years I have been looking for a pair of vintage Klipsch Belles. All Klipsch rosewood units were built with Brazilian rosewood. The quest continues.
I love a good wood finish on a speaker, especially some of the more exotic ones. Though I"m not a fan of the exotic finishes that seem to traverse into "gaudy" - a personal call of course.
One of my favourite finishes is the ebony wood used on the latest Thiel speakers, and also some of their amber wood finishes.
Least favourite is cherrywood (next to plywood I guess). Although it can occasionally come in some more interesting grains, usually cherry is the definition of "bland" to my eyes.
I also dislike oak. Maybe growing up in the 70's conditioned me to perceive it as cheap and cheesy.