Re: What gear do you like to LOOK at?
I have always loved the way McIntosh looks. A whole rack of mono amps from them, glowing warmly. Just great design that obviously goes back to those '70s blue dials.
Also, a brand that I heard once and loved but is pretty pricey is Accuphase. Again, I guess I must be into retro stuff as they also look like "throwback" units.
Others that look good to me - Meridian, Krell, Pass Labs, old Proceed, Dynaudio Confidence, Naim, Thiel.