I do wish they had a different finish available. Some nice veneers would certainly make them more appealing.
Jones said that he sacrificed a fancy finish for sound quality to do everything he could at the $500 price point. But if you want a nice shiny lacquer (?) finish in a bit better cabinet they’re available... but they’re $750. I would have bought these but they were out later. My cabinet is white, would be a good look.
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The Monitor 7s I had did have a nasty vinyl wrap on them. They looked worse than the Elacs. The Elacs don't look bad, they just aren't fancy.