I agree with Ikka... I like the "form" of the old SVS better. No question about the veneer though, I'm sure the new ones are much better in that aspect. However, I dont know why but I am really bothered by that FLAT front (and the flattened anterior part of the base). I see that the sides are tapered (rounded off) towards the top. The old ones were rounded-off throughout the entire apex of the sub... I just wish the new subs retained that rounded-off look. It just looks asymmetrical to me.