Nice review! I have to say, I don't think these speakers are bad looking at all. I agree they could maybe use a logo on the grill to break things up, but I actually prefer the matte black to the typical fake wood wrap. They sound like a slightly laid back speaker, which isn't a bad thing to me. I have Energy RC-10s, which are too laid back for some people, but I love the smoothness of them. I hope this review helps put these speakers on more people's radar, as they seem like a great value.