I couldn't agree more. Chrome is so 90's, so played out. It's always looked disgustingly gaudy to me on everything and I've never understood the attraction. Even car manufacturers have woken up and stopped making all the wheels on their performance models chrome. It clashes so poorly with the zebrawood that it makes me scratch my head over the design decision.
Speaking of zebrawood, another poor choice on Audeze's part IMO. For a new flagship product I feel they should have chosen a much classier and more exotic option, think W5000 but even better. I imagine it was simply a case of them finding a nice supply at a very inexpensive cost. Makes sense from a profit standpoint but a much nicer wood would have helped buyers overlook the increase in cost just a bit more.
I'm interested in hearing them at some point but not in any rush. My Rev.1 has still yet to disappoint and from my experience this will definitely be a case of diminishing returns.
I look forward to the impressions this weekend. I hope all of you attending RMAF have a fantastic experience.