After enjoying my EgglestonWorks and Sonus Faber Extrema for many years, I felt that life was too short to not try something else. I wanted to get a modestly-sized tower speaker, and after much research I decided to go with Salk Sound. Even then it wasn't an easy choice, but I really liked the design of the Veracity HT1-TL so I ultimately went that route (with black walnut, veneered bases, Cardas bi-wire posts, and front ports). They haven't arrived yet, but Jim let me know that they just have shipped, and he sent me the attached pic. They will arrive Monday, and I am really looking forward to hearing how they sound. As has recently been discussed here, ordering sight-unseen (and "unheard") does require some kind of a leap of faith, but when you consider the quality of the parts, cabinets, and design that go into a Salk speaker, I felt the leap wasn't a big one. So, for what it's worth, if you are in the position I was in several months ago, my experience as a first-time Salk purchaser has been extremely positive.
Too bad that Monday is still 5 days away. Those FedEx Ground trucks don't drive quickly enough.