Just hook them up and listen to them, will you? We'll replace them with your preferred finish--Boston Cherry--if the replacement pair you received pleases you.

Try and put the history out of your mind so you don't do the listening feeling angry. Mood does affect your perception of audio quality.

Also keep in mind that lots of pop/rock CDs are mixed with a "presence peak" in the midrange, which will exaggerate sibilance on any reasonably linear speaker.

Alan Lofft,
Axiom Resident Expert