The color might be a little more accurate in this shot:
More important than the fact that they looked great (and they did) is that they sounded amazing. Rick and I teamed up on the show having never had the pleasure of hearing each other's gear. We unpacked on Thursday, set the room up, then fought with the hotel WiFi network -- for just long enough that Rick had almost lost all faith in me. Eventually, we abandoned WiFi and opted to pick up a second 50' cat-6 cable from Amazon Prime. We wanted the option of streaming from Tidal / Qobuz. We went to eat while we waited for the delivery.
When we got back we completed our setup and fired up the gear... ahh, such beautiful sounding speakers. Made it all worth it.
I have a delightfully neutral pair of Quad ESLs at home. With the exception of the lack of low bass, they are the loves of my audio life.
The realism, punch, clarity, and uncolored response of the Cali 4s have made me seriously consider a change.
Anyhow, I was just going to post this shot of the monkey pod veneer, but I got lost in reminiscence.