The speakers have been moved to a less "Acoustically Challenged" location downstairs.
I didn't go with any internal upgrades, but did do the hand rubbed finish.
I'll be working on a review that I may post soon. They are, indeed, worth the wait! Though the internet can be visually focused, the audio experience from the HT3's is difficult to adequately describe. I imagine that every owner of these speakers recognizes that these may very well be the last set of speakers they purchase.
I would call my speakers, "Train Wreck Gorgeous". You cannot stop looking at them!