Real wood, cherry, bordeaux stain, semi-gloss finish.
I have not had time to calibrate it. I simply moved the M22's out of the way and plugged it in. I checked speaker SPL level, and it was right where the M22's were, so I did not change it. It seams to play with the VP150 OK, but time will tell. Too soon to speak much to the speaker's performance. We watched a movie last night, and I feel as if dialog is improved, but again, too soon to say much.
The stand is surprisingly stable. It's all aluminum construction. Nicely coated and easy enough to put together a caveman can do it (obviously, as I was successful).