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I took a glance at the web site and the first thing that caught my eye was "Glossy black finish".

I'm not sure why devices like this and almost all HDTVs have that shiny, glossy black finish. It is really annoying since it reflects light and serves no useful purpose.

I don't think it is a female thing since my GF (who is as far as possible from being a techy/geeky person) brought up the same issue.

Price wise it seems reasonable.


No useful purpose but does give the impression of ‘quality’ when not being used. Same reason some speakers come in oak, walnut, and cherry finishes: when not being used they’re ‘fine furniture’. Problem with the finish, Japan Black, is it shows fingerprints (I sometimes wonder if that’s a feature so some effort is put on keeping them ‘fine furniture’).

Also black imparts seriousness. Most amps are available in black or silver but black far outsells silver. Back in the 60-70s silver was in because it looked ‘technical’. Remember some of those, Rich? More dials and knobs than an F-16. Now most amps are black on black, sub controls are behind a black cover and even the indicator lights can be dimmed to zero. Monoliths awaiting a la 2001: a Space Odyssey.

It’s an absolute all speaker grills are unadorned black. No interesting silk-screening on them but plain black mesh. Not uninteresting but ‘serious’.

Elly once said I’d buy any home theater stuff if it were black.

If wecog does buy the soundbar and is affected by glare from it, there’s the old standby of spraying with photographers’ matte finish. It just then won’t give that vibe of ‘fine furniture’.

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