We have all kind of faceplate option if the person is willing to pay for the cosmetic. The plain black looking faceplate is the basic faceplate. Thick slab of Plexiglas cost mun lay mon. We can put stainless steel or even real wood faceplate.
You know bjh, it seems you prefer Plexiglas, I can tell you I know of at least 3 customers hated Plexiglas with a passion. They would much rather have no faceplate than a piece of Plexiglas. Two of them did just that. One other customer asked me if I take the Plexiglas faceplate of his BC509 would that cost less and replace the marking with sticker. Of course it would. So we take it off for him.
I bet you can't find another audio manufacture which is willing to go that far for custom option.
Well truth be told I prefer wood (the wood face unit shown in the review is a real looker!), but what I was suggesting was use of Plexiglas as the stock or standard look, at least since the iconic stainless steel isn't the standard it appears once to have been.
I'm not going to argue the point ... doesn't work anyway, learned that long ago! ... but in my opinion asking someone to pay a little extra for an already $4500 integrated amplifier so that it looks better than a DIY box is taking "looks are secondary" to a near Puritan extreme.
Joined: 27 Oct 2003 Posts: 361 Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 3:15 pm Post subject: No?
"the iconic stainless steel isn't the standard it appears once to have been."
Black plexi give us a fairly typical Japanese or for that matter British look. I love the classic stainless with wood knobs. Identifiable at a hundred yards. The fancy wood faceplates, one of which I have (ebony and curly maple), is a great upgrade. But black plex? Nah. This may be a youth thing, though, I'll concede. My son in law wants stainless knobs on his stainless FtTH faceplate.
Stainless knobs with the wood faceplates is the wow.
Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 5:40 pm Post subject: Re: Stainless Rocks!!!
I am all stainless - all of my external supplies (BC21L2 custom and BC23L2-705) are all stainless (fronts and covers). BC21 stainless with wood knobs - what is not to love?
All stainless,knobs included...but why do some S/S faceplates have BC insignia and others don't? I see the DAR advertised without the insignia but have seen a DAR with the insignia (at no perceived additional cost))...I think it's a nice feature.....
The review compared the Katlas ($4500) to pieces that cost $10K and $15K and said it was close to performance of the $10K unit with the the midrange even more engaging than the $10K unit! I think it's a huge plus that BC has so many cosmetic options...it is clear that many on this thread have different opinions on looks. One person loves the wood/ stainless combination and another might think it's a horrible look. I appreciate BC not having me pay for someone else's preferences.
I strongly believe BC is constantly thinking how best to deliver the best value they know of to its entire product line.
Joined: 23 Dec 2008 Posts: 68 Location: Central New York
Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 11:25 am Post subject:
I couldn't agree more!! Where else can you get the level of customization, the performance and any look you want. If the aesthetic of BC gear isn't your cup of tea, then go somewhere else. But, calling BC gear "DIY", well if you can do better, start a company. There is plenty of pretty eye candy out there that sounds like crap.
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