The veneer will most probably be a 'poor man's bubinga'
- meaning, a burgundy dye over curly cherry somewhat like the attached pic. I am so lusting after the bubinga and pelin burl though
As for the entertainment center, it will be changing if we move, which is the reason that the purchase is delayed. Currently, my center is right against the wall, so front-ported would have worked best in current setup (and Jim confirmed the same). I most probably may still go that route - just need to make sure the new space will be able to take an entertainment center that has space for a 24" wide speaker. Sealed is an option too, but only if nothing else fits. Will contact Jim again once I know how everything is in the new place.
I can tell you though - it is not easy to not send the order email to Jim
And btw, forgot to mention I had decided to go with B&W before Salk caught my eye. Was looking at Audiogon for a used Nautilus 803 or 804 or CM7. One speaker I heard that I TOTALLY LOVED was the new B&W 804 Diamond (way out of my budget though, of course). It was my first experience of the speaker disappearing even though it sat right in front of me! Just curious, which Salk line would come close to that?