I was wondering how much a speaker's finish affects the price.
Basically I'm shopping for speakers and I realize that the aesthetics ultimately have no bearing on the sound quality. Sure I'd like my speakers to have an exotic real-wood veneer or 21 layers of lacquer or an automotive-quality painted surface but I'd rather the cost of the speakers comes from components that actually improve sound quality. Things such as cabinet shape, materials and bracing, drivers and as such.
Which brings me to the question: does any body know of speakers, floorstanders or standmounts, suitable for both music and home cinema that really eschew the superficial and have a price (let say 1000 - 2500 USD a pair) that solely reflects the quality of the components used and therefore can be compared against speakers much more expensive?