Rather than continue to intrude upon the Photography thread, I thought I would start a new one. This is not the place for your system photos b/c I don’t want to impose upon that thread either. (However, if you have a knock out picture of a single piece of kit in your system, please post away.)
Instead, please post images of Hi-Fi kit or rooms that strike your fancy. The quality of the photography is secondary to highlighting something that caught your eye. Without further ado, here is my initial contribution:
“Mid-century modern” featured veneered plywood prominently. Take the Eames’ products for example. I agree that in principle, veneer doesn’t spring to mind when using words like “honest” and “authentic,” but in this context it’s appropriate.
I’m guessing a lot of folks (like me) struggle with gloss finishes (dust! Today we have dust from the Sahara being dumped on the UK).
Recently bought a TT, choice of gloss white, gloss black, or “old man 70s finish”, rather like that REL above. I went for the latter, for the matt/satin finish, at least that’s my story
Lot of us have fond memories of that old 70s gear, I think the manufacturers have spotted the trend.
If REL really wants to revive retro with the Classic 98, they’d be using the class A/B plate amp that IMHO put REL on the map for audiophiles with music only systems. It was the discriminator that turned me into a REL believer. The company proved that sheer power isn’t necessary for deep, pitch correct bass reinforcement. The quality of the amp and crossover is what matters.
From a design and construction viewpoint, veneers are desired over solid wood construction. They have a better strength-to-weight ratio and have less tendency to warp. All speaker manufacturers that I am familiar with use veneers. Further, they can be more easily shaped, resulting in the luscious curves you see in modern furniture.
True. Then again, veneers may prove vulnerable at corners and sides. Subs are smaller stand alone boxes easily bumped into. E.g. when doing vacuüm cleaning, etc.
All that said, I’m curious why the picture shows what looks like solid wooden boards on top and bottom with rounded sides that offsets a little from the main body: not the typical choice for an all veneer design, but logical when only the sides have a veneer.
All very true. Veneers are necessary in construction of lots of consumer goods. But that doesn’t shake the commonly held misconception that solid wood is always better. “Authentic” is often a lazy substitute for “traditional,” a descriptor that itself changes as each day passes.
Consider most products, including speakers, etcetera, are made of MDF/veneer. Plywood is usually used when a board with (more) structural features is required. Veneer lends itself to meticulous craftsmanship, required for e.g. our lovely rigs. Plywood not so much.