Way back in the day of Divas (remember those? )I decided on a speaker package and was getting excited about it. I showed my wife a picture of my speakers to be (knowing that she would fall in love with them). "I hate them" was all she said. Imagine my dismay when she forbade (is that a word?) me from getting them. My veneer vs laminate argument fell short. My bang for the buck speech also fell on deaf ears. There was no way she was going to have them in her house. Fast forward a couple of months when the even prettier even bigger bang for the buck Rockets came out. She had to cave this time, right? Well, I'm still Rocket-less. Why the heck is she the only one I've ever heard of not to like these??? She's an architect so it's not that she has no sense of style. Basic black, no frills. Nothing to call attention to themselves. That's what she wants. So now I must wait until the basic black Rockets come out--they are coming out, right??? I know the soon to be Stratas are supposed to be available in black, but then there's that whole $ thing. "I don't see any reason to spend more than $1000 on a HT system..." Is anyone else in the same boat I am that can commiserate with me???