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Klipsch is a well respected brand and used allot for home theater. If the speakers sound good to him..then get them. In general, people recommend sticking to the Reference line of Klipsch or above.
What you saw at Fry's was probably the Icon line...(the line below the Reference Series) If he loves the sound...then go for it, however, Klipsch is such a popular brand he should be able pickup some of the reference line of Klipsch used for a great price.
Klipsch is one of those speakers that people either tend to love or hate. They are loved and hated for the exact same reason...some people think they are "harsh" and that they are too "forward" or some say fatiguing...you can't listen to them for a long time. For the same thing people also call them dynamic, exciting and energizing.
The number one rule here is there is no "right" it is all what you enjoy when you hear the speakers.
Wood isn't inherently better than MDF...just more expensive and wood has it's own positives and negatives. Speakers sometimes blur the line between furniture and appliances or for some speakers are another musical instrument. That is why at least having real wood veneres vs. plastic wrap is sometimes desired. Some call it WAF (Wife Exceptence Factor)
As long as the MDF is thick enough and well enough braced it is fine. I don't think in this price range you would find a full wood speaker. There is something called the rap test... If you knock on a speaker and get a thud all is well..if you get a hollow sound...not so good.