Here's a vote for a huge offline!!
Assembly of the VK was a piece of cake. You definitely want to have a helper as there are maneuvers that require two people.
I had to put my VK 500 in my kitchen at the new place, as it was moved intact and wouldn't fit down the stairs. I didn't want to go through the disassembly/reassembly headaches. I had plenty of room so it wasn't a problem to put it there. It is a bit noisier than the compressor on the food refrigerator in the same room. If it's going to be in a location where keeping ambient noise to a minimum is important, the VK might not be the way to go. You're more than welcome to come check it out. We can crack a nice bottle and listen to compressor noises!
Venting is no problem. The unit needs to be 4" from the wall for venting. I detect no appreciable effect on room temperature at all.
Gun to my head, and spending your
money it's Eurocave all day. It's quiteter, sturdier and prettier. That being said the VK 500 is currently being offered at Rose Hill Wine Cellars for $1,493 plus shipping. The Eurocave Performance 500 at Wine Enthusiast is $5,495 and is $6,490 with glass doors.
The VK comes with glass doors included. $4-5K buys an awful lot of wine.....