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LOL. I understand.
Although, I personally LOVE the look of a good speaker. I have some German audio physic speakers in dark massacar ebony that just look gorgeous, and I'm very hard to please too.
Personally even when it comes to strict music listening I prefer not to see the speaker drivers if possible. When I see the drivers I find it hard to ignore them and I can't help but perceive the drivers "making the sound"...even when a speaker images well otherwise. But my mind just sort of says "yep, that's where the sound is coming from, right there...tweeter...mid...."
Once I have grill clothes on that distraction is taken away and I truly find the imaging easier to believe and I find just the "music" is left in the air, without thought as to how it is being mechanically reproduced. I also like as little visual distraction around my display as possible too and to that end speaker grills help, and make the speaker disappear with the lights down.
Your speakers, being black, I'd think would disappear somewhat with the lights down.
Also, showing we are coming from a similar understanding but different criteria: I actually do sound design/effects for film and tv, so much of the time I live and breath pro audio sound. So I know how feeble many HT systems are in comparison.
Yet despite that, or rather because of it, when it comes to relaxing at the end of the day I turn to more "audiophile" speakers that give a sense of organic ease to the sound. (And I like my Conrad Johnson tube amps!) Some of my current speakers are actually more laid back dynamically (although very full sounding) which allows my ears some "aaahhhh" factor when I put on a movie after a long day of doing action scenes in my work.
Anyway, nice chatting. Back to your thread: This is an excellent thread for following your progress!