Originally Posted by howzz1854
^^^ wow.. i had no idea those Cherry ones are this good looking. nice!.
I may get a little blowback from those who need a dead tree to be satisfied, but I think some of these fake finishes look exceptional and have several advantages over real wood. For one thing, they're easier to maintain. For another, the cabinets are superior performance-wise to any solid wood enclosure, and the addition of wood veneer does nothing to improve them sonically.
Real veneer has a 50-50 change of looking good, depending on the stock it comes from, how it's cut and matched, and how well it's stained and finished. I've seen some tragic looking real wood veneers. Plus it's a hassle to take care of it properly, it splits, it separates, it peels, it stains, it fades, it dents, it scratches, blah, blah blah.
Of course some of these things can happen to laminates, too, but they're far less likely. Laminates just hold up better. Now that they're starting to look so good, it's IMO a better option than real veneer in mass production units.
Even my K2 S9900s are not real wood. I've seen the K2s in real wood veneer and in the laminate finish, and the laminate is hands down the better choice.
Now for custom builds or super high priced gear where the time is taken to use select, matched veneers and expert finishes, then wood veneer makes sense to me. But in today's manufacturing environment with the ability to make a finish as nice as on those L820s, save the end user some money and save a tree.