I think subwoofers can be one of the easiest items to integrate into a living space. In fact, if you squint, a lot of them look sort of like coffee tables. Many folks like the REL line of subwoofers because they are great for music. The REL Stentor II (excellent, by the way) that I'm using even has a removable glass top, which presumably was made part of the design because folks tend to assume it's just a blocky table or something. Black subwoofers look fine and can blend well in a lot of rooms, but the wood grain subwoofers can look nice too. There's a lot of flexibility in terms of placement of subwoofers, which makes them plenty easier to situate than other equipment. Make sure to remember, and that your wife understands, that music is important to you and that the right audio equipment can make good music happen. If high fidelity music listening is not especially important to you, well then go ahead and have your wife buy you an iPod in her favorite color and add some cheap earbuds.
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