Does speaker finish/looks matter?

Just as the title says…..

Does it matter what the speaker finish looks like to you?
Does the actual look of the speaker matter to you?

If yes why.
If no why.




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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 16,376
    Yes. Because you have to look at it. It's always a sense of pride to have nice looking stuff. That's akin to this - would you rather drive a beat up old, rusted out Pinto station wagon or a newer, shiny Honda Civic (for example), when they both will get you down the road?

    No. Because the looks of a wrap/finish have nothing to do with the sound.

    Tom
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  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 789
    Yes, speakers affect the feel of a living space the same as anything else in a room does.

    Aesthetics should accompany good sound, IMO. I’m paying for both, not either/or.
  • stangman67
    stangman67 Posts: 1,802
    Yes absolutely matters to me. Aesthetics are very important when it comes to my room and I love the vibe the equipment has created. If I am going to look at it everyday, I want to like what I’m looking at
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  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,510
    Yes, Absolutely!! I will echo the statements above..
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 26,677
    My answer is.... It depends.

    I would settle on superior preformance over looks but I'm not into damaged goods. But scratches, dings, etc are a huge no for me.
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  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,893
    Aesthetics cost money that could otherwise be put into performance in a competitive industry. Companies have to find the right balance. I don't recall ever buying a speaker solely based on how it looked but when there was a choice of finishes on a speaker I knew I wanted based on its price/performance I'd always go with the finish that I thought looked the best. Black has usually been the safe choice.
  • Braddles63
    Braddles63 Posts: 172
    edited November 2022
    I suppose it depends on your priorities. (and budget)
    I love nothing better that a speaker that's a beautiful piece of furniture.
    But the looks will fade pretty quickly if the sound is not what you want.
    Personally i prioritise SQ over looks. Within reason.
    For instance I had some Tekton Lore speakers for a few years.
    Just a very plain big old matte black box, but man did they sound great. For the money.

    As always having a very understanding wife can have a large bearing on what's allowed. :D
  • daddyjt
    daddyjt Posts: 1,881
    I would take ugly speakers with fabulous sound over gorgeous speakers that sounded “pretty good” any day.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 16,376
    My buddy Jerry still has that old, beat up, ugly sub I have talked about. Why? He could care less about the looks.....it's the sound he's after! He loves that Direct Servo bass.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,853
    It's sound over cosmetics here as well. For several years I had a mint pair of khorns from 1989 that stayed here mostly because of their beautiful walnut cabinets. Earlier this year those beautiful K's went to a new home and lost their spot to a pair of IMF super compact II's. The IMF are a long ways from being mint and they do show their age with some dings and scratches. But every time I turn that rig on there's no doubt in my mind the right choice was made.
  • I was and am fortunate to have beautiful (to Me) speakers in 2 rooms of my home that both sound very good! Yes looks matter because that reflects on our environment in which we dwell!
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  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,510
    There is no reason you can't make those imperfect looking speakers look better though right?
  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,893
    I must admit I've kept a pair of Spendor speakers that I haven't used for several years mainly because they have a beautiful matched maple veneer on them and I like light wood veneers on speakers. I have other speakers that surpass them overall in performance but they get midrange vocals so right.
  • edinm
    edinm Posts: 6
    For me top priority is sound. If sound is at proper level then look has to be decent, nothing fancy.

    I am not willing to pay extra big money just for look if there is no justification in sound.



  • There are some speakers that I just can't get past the looks no matter how well done the finish is.

    B&W Nautilus, great sounding speaker with a fit & finish to die for but, that damn snail in the woofer section... I can't for the life of me get past!
    It's one speaker I wouldn't pay $1,000 for if it had to sit in my listening room.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,622
    Hard to tell if the OP means choosing between a brand-new set of speakers, where one set is beautiful on the website/catalog page (and in your room), but the sound is marginal, vs a brand-new 'homely' model that sounds much better.

    Or, are we talking about choosing between a used speaker that has been around the block a few times, yet sounds fantastic (like a 'sleeper'), vs brand-new that looks beautiful, but just sounds pretty good?

    Also, we know that folks have stereo systems in garages and workshops as well, and I doubt anyone cares about looks in those environments. Actually, sound quality may not be very important in those situations, either.
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  • gyosa
    gyosa Posts: 606
    Yes , my Salk’s look as great as they sound. Top-notch !
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  • PSOVLSK
    PSOVLSK Posts: 4,751
    I think there is a line everyone draws regarding looks/performance, but we all draw that line in a different place. For me, there are some speakers that I wouldn't own simply based on aesthetics, no matter how great they sound. At the same time, I would never have an average sounding speaker just because I thought it looked great.

    I think this will tell where I draw the line:
    I sold a mint condition pair of Usher MD2 so that I could buy a pair of "scratch and dent" Rosso Fiorentino Fiesole. The MD2 is a beautiful speaker that sounds great, especially with the Diamond tweeter. I loved those speakers and would have been happy if they were my last speaker, BUT the Rosso is on another level and quite honestly, I couldn't have afforded to buy a pair at new prices. For me, I can accept the fairly minor cosmetic damage to get the upgrade in sound. For others, the damage would be a deal-breaker.
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 24,062
    edited November 2022
    skipshot12 wrote: »
    There are some speakers that I just can't get past the looks no matter how well done the finish is.

    B&W Nautilus, great sounding speaker with a fit & finish to die for but, that damn snail in the woofer section... I can't for the life of me get past!
    It's one speaker I wouldn't pay $1,000 for if it had to sit in my listening room.
    The Nautilus Snail is about as ugly as they get, and sound as good as they look.
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  • Well the new R200AE look the business.
    When mine finally arrive I'm hoping they sound as good as they look.
  • skipshot12 wrote: »
    There are some speakers that I just can't get past the looks no matter how well done the finish is.

    B&W Nautilus, great sounding speaker with a fit & finish to die for but, that damn snail in the woofer section... I can't for the life of me get past!
    It's one speaker I wouldn't pay $1,000 for if it had to sit in my listening room.
    The Nautilus Snail is about as ugly as they get, and sound as good as they look.

    Bahahaaaaaa....
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 918
    skipshot12 wrote: »
    skipshot12 wrote: »
    There are some speakers that I just can't get past the looks no matter how well done the finish is.

    B&W Nautilus, great sounding speaker with a fit & finish to die for but, that damn snail in the woofer section... I can't for the life of me get past!
    It's one speaker I wouldn't pay $1,000 for if it had to sit in my listening room.
    The Nautilus Snail is about as ugly as they get, and sound as good as they look.

    Bahahaaaaaa....

    I seen pictures of those speakers in a guys foyer as a piece of artwork, he must have different taste then me.
  • I bought a pair of used Legacy Audio Focus. They were finished in a white wash oak with white grille cloth, probably why I was able to afford them. Damn that was a lot of white in a white room!
    Ended up changing the grille cloth to black, turned out not that bad as far as looks.
    I'm very lucky I have a wife that likes her music more than how a speaker looks :#
    Heck of a nice sounding speaker but they kept breaking a wire, voice coil to cone, going to the mid drivers.
    Had to keep extra driver's on hand it happened so often.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 22,123
    Were they the yellow kevlar legacy drivers?
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,622
    skipshot12 wrote: »
    There are some speakers that I just can't get past the looks no matter how well done the finish is.

    B&W Nautilus, great sounding speaker with a fit & finish to die for but, that damn snail in the woofer section... I can't for the life of me get past!
    It's one speaker I wouldn't pay $1,000 for if it had to sit in my listening room.
    The Nautilus Snail is about as ugly as they get, and sound as good as they look.
    Well, the Nautilus (the actual animal) is not really a snail...but I do get the inference B)
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  • pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Were they the yellow kevlar legacy drivers?

    Yes.
    Original version Focus.
  • After changing the grill from white to black...
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  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,461
    edited November 2022
    skipshot12 wrote: »
    Heck of a nice sounding speaker but they kept breaking a wire, voice coil to cone, going to the mid drivers.
    Had to keep extra driver's on hand it happened so often.

    Not sure I would have gotten "Approval" for the white ones. I have had a pair of Focus S/E's for a couple of years. They don't have the yellow mid and I have not had any issues with any of the drivers.

    I would say the finish is important but not the most important quality of a speaker.

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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 22,123
    skipshot12 wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Were they the yellow kevlar legacy drivers?

    Yes.
    Original version Focus.

    Talking to Bill when I was at the Springfield office (a long time ago) he had mentioned they quit using those because of problems. The company he bought from did a total new design, so this all makes sense now.
    Bill is one to show you everything he is working on, a very generous guy. He practically wouldn't let a friend and I leave that day LOL. We seen EVERYTHING on site top to bottom. He knew we couldn't afford his gear and that never bothered him in the least.
    Somehow we received invites to attend his "open house" in the mail. It was very impressive to see a 5.1 HT set up with both the Whisper and Brooklyn series speakers. VERY IMPRESSIVE.