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#145088 - 08/09/06 02:25 PM Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cinema!
dllewel Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1189
Loc: Utah, USA
Hello all,

I have been considering an upgrade of my Axioms in Boston Cherry to one of the VaSSallo Series wood veneers. I'm down to two choices, and thought I'd ask your opinion.

One option is to go with Cherry Natural that is similar to the finish work in the room, so that the speakers blend in with the room more; or the other option is to totally contrast the room and go with Rosewood.

Here's the room and the current speakers (M80s, VP150, EP500s, and QS8s):








Here are samples of the two finish options - Cherry Natural (Left) Rosewood (Right):



I would appreciate the opinions of such a well respected forum.

Thank you,

Dave.
Which finish do you prefer for the room?
Only one choice allowed (70 total votes)
Cherry Natural Finish - 35 (50%)
Rosewood Finish - 35 (50%)
Voting on this poll ends: 08/17/06 02:00 PM
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M80s VP150 QS8s EP500s
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#145089 - 08/09/06 03:06 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cinema! [Re: dllewel]
Spoiler Offline
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Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 680
Loc: South Florida
Hmm, I think the Cherry Naturals would be a better match for your room. My $0.02!

By the way, watcha plan to do with the Boston Cherries??


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#145090 - 08/09/06 03:15 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: Spoiler]
Haoleb Offline
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Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 1488
Loc: Maine
I think the rosewood would look awesome. Especially in high gloss.. Talk about classy!
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#145091 - 08/09/06 03:30 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: Spoiler]
dllewel Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1189
Loc: Utah, USA
Quote:

By the way, watcha plan to do with the Boston Cherries?



I have already worked out a deal with a friend on the current speakers. It was a prerequisite to the upgrade to have found the current Axioms a new home.

Thanks for your vote and 2 cents, I didn't know I'd be making money too- it will help offset some of the costs
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M80s VP150 QS8s EP500s
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#145092 - 08/09/06 03:36 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: Haoleb]
dllewel Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1189
Loc: Utah, USA
Quote:

I think the rosewood would look awesome. Especially in high gloss.. Talk about classy!



Thanks Haoleb. I think your high gloss speakers look very cool. I was showing your pics to a friend last night. Very very nice. I doubt I'll do the high gloss, only because of the additional 15% (on top of the 15% already for rosewood). But as you said, it would look awesome.
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#145093 - 08/09/06 04:52 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: dllewel]
medic8r Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 6390
Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
What type of wood is in your room now? I was looking closely at the molding and trying to guess. Maple? Pine? Elderberry?

To my uneducated eye, option 2, rosewood, seems a more natural color match. But I see that it's losing in the early returns. Maybe I can bias those who haven't voted. There's no law about avoiding posts within 100 feet of the polling place, right?!
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#145094 - 08/09/06 05:12 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: dllewel]
richeydog Offline
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Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Fresno, CA
My biased vote goes to rosewood because I own speakers in that finish. Change the wall color if you have to...
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#145095 - 08/09/06 05:29 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: richeydog]
dllewel Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1189
Loc: Utah, USA
Thanks for the vote Richeydog. Actually, I think the wall color would look nice with the rosewood.

Medic8r: The wood used in the room is alder. Cherry seems to have the closest grain pattern. I have a sample of the Cherry Natural and I think the match is a little closer than you can tell from the sample picture. Although, it is not a perfect match, and so I wondered if it was best to come close or not to try and go with something different (rosewood). Obviously the room doesn't look bad now and the boston cherry is nothing like the woodwork- so I think either way could work, hence why I need help deciding.

As a side note: Does anyone know how I can check the results of my poll without first voting myself? I don't want to skew the results
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M80s VP150 QS8s EP500s
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#145096 - 08/09/06 05:37 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: dllewel]
Ajax Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 6250
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Going by memory (a shaky prospect at best, in my case) It seems to me there used to be "view poll results" button, but I certainly don't see one on your poll. I can tell you that at this time, it's an 8 to 8 split vote.
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#145097 - 08/09/06 05:40 PM Re: Help choose speaker finish for Raven Manor Cin [Re: dllewel]
richeydog Offline
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Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Fresno, CA
Quote:

As a side note: Does anyone know how I can check the results of my poll without first voting myself? I don't want to skew the results





I can tell you the vote count if you want to know?

EDIT: Jack's right. He beat me to the punch! 8 vs. 8 right now.
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AV123 Refugee - X-LS Encore, X-Voce, X-Omnis, Elt-Dpa's
Denon AVR-591
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