Originally Posted by Laserfan
I do think it's unfortunate that it only comes in the piano gloss black finish. I might've guessed someone at GE would question whether everyone who uses these in an HT environment will be OK with the reflections they (no doubt, from even these pics) will create from bright video display.
Yes, the decision to do the Reference in piano gloss black was very much a purposeful decision as part of the program to make a more upscale speaker. Not that the sock is not upscale, which it is, but the feeling was that this is more so and has been requested by many. The response to it, along with the Reference in general, has been phenomenal. The word that I am hearing from our dealers and the initial buyers is," Gorgeous". When we showed the T Ref at CES, the over the top positive response to the ID was as strong as that to the performance. I smiled and said, just wait, someone will want it with a sock LOL. The fact of the matter is that this is a much, much more expensive finish to execute and deliver. We felt that it was worthwhile, and so far, our dealers and the market seem to agree. As always, you can't satisfy everyone. If you want a matte finish, you can certainly get Triton Ones, which is also an exceptional speaker, although not quite a T Ref. Also, if you set up the speakers as we recommend, pointing directly at the listener so you can not see the inner side, I believe that will really go a long way in terms of helping, both sonically as well as visually.
We are now shipping T Refs, and have almost sold put the first production runs, which were significant and actually doubled from our initial projections.There are many reviews in process, and I think that you will find the one upcoming in the September issue of The Absolute Sound (out the beginning of August) to be very interesting. Onward and Upward, Sandy