Originally Posted by jbrown15
Unless you've seen the finish of a PSA sub in person I don't think it's fair to make comments about their finish looking like it belongs in a high school gym. I have two XS30s and they blend in nicely to almost any room. Even in the Audioholics review they had this to say about the finish
"At first judging from the pictures online that I had seen I assumed that the XV15 finish would be a very rough black finish similar to truck bed-liner. Very durable and tough but not very civilized. On that account I was wrong. The finish, which is described by Power Sound as a “sand” texture, is much better looking than I thought it would be. It is a dark, slate gray/black that has a very smooth texture similar to a fine grit sand paper and is almost satin in appearance. It looks much better in person than in the pictures. "
Sure it doesn't look like it belongs sitting beside a baby grand piano in a fancy room, but I would say for 95% of the time it would be totally fine because it doesn't call attention to itself.
I finished my DIY subs using a finish called "Duratex" which is specifically made for speaker cabinets. I am almost positive this is what PSA is using on their subs. I used an ultra smooth roller and sanded between coats, so my finish is not quite as textured, but nonetheless, even the textured finish, IMHO, looks nice. The win with this is that Duratex is extremely durable and with kids, and a front projector, I did not want something that would reflect light or show hand prints easy (piano gloss).
I personally really like the Duratex finish, but I do think PSA will eventually have to offer more finish options as it is not for everyone.