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Used to have the same problem until I got a room dedicated to audio. But while my stuff was in the living room I found speakers with a sloped appearance satisfied the wife. Thiel 1.5s and Meadowlark Kestrels were her favorites. Not too large and the slope makes them seem smaller than they are.
She's a good wife though because when we were negotiating with builders for a new home, she would always ask about dedicated A/C lines for my listening room.
I have had Maggie MGA IIIa', Spendor SP 9/1's and SP 100's, tall & thin Soliloquy 5.3's and stand mounted Soliloquy SM 2A3's, and everything in between and then I got a pair of vintage Quad ESL 63's (which normally have a dubious, at best WAF) with cherry top and bottoms and the original brown cloth and she absoultely loved them. Soooo "retro looking" she said, "not to mention their amazing sound". So go figure..
It depends what your wife likes. If she likes nice hardwoods, find a good speaker with a really nice cabinet in her wood of choice. Try to minimize black screen cloth. My latest speaker selection, Meadowlark Ospreys, was okay with my wife because of their beautiful cherry cabinets. My wife hated my previous beloved Merlin 4+'s and the Vandersteen 2Ci's prior to that. No big black speakers for wifey!
When it comes to equipment/speakers that look as good as they sound, atleast to the female gender, think Italian or French. My JM Lab Mini Utopias have always been well received by women. If you're willing to consider used, the Minis are smaller than your 104.2s and are frequenly listed on Audiogon.
I convinced my wife I found a speaker that not only looks ascetically great but sounds great=non fatiguing.
She said go for it, and now is in love with the Seas Thor's.
Mind you it is s a kit, takes some time to put together. Other wise go for the Tyler's Systems or another of his design's.
1) How do they fit with the rest of the decor
2) How loud do they play
If they don't "fit" match the rest of the decor, they wont please her and if they play too loud (which is a subject of her moods) they wont please her.
Unless of course she is an audiophile herself, in which case the issue is usually the best sound for what you can afford (by her definition of afford)
Gershman Avant Garde RX-20.
They are 36" tall (not "in your face") pyramid shaped (unique) with a high gloss black finish (classy) accented by golden speakers (who has a wife that doesn't like gold?).
They will fit in with most decor and most waf.
Not that any of this ultimately matters, 'cause they sound like a million bucks!