I'm not a huge fan of the grills either, but I think the speakers look great with them off. I love the black finish. More importantly, I have started to test them out for music and so far I'm extremely happy with them. I'm using an Onkyo 674 to drive them, no issues so far. To me they look good and sound great.
The wife had a bit of a meltdown when she saw them, I think she was expecting something along the lines of little Bose cubes
I think she will be happy with the sound quality, so in the end we will both be happy.