Greg, i saw your post over at AA. Sorry i can't help you with the Stereophile situation. For these specific speakers, i would NOT mess with them. Arnie was one of the very first people that i know of to "voice" speakers using specific wires / wire combo's. As such, you would alter the speakers in a way that would probably be a step backwards.
You might want to check and see if the wire is still in good shape or not. You can simply peel back a small section of the jacket near a connection point and see if the wire is discolored. If it is discolored, it might be time to change it. Wire does oxidize or corrode with age. In some cases, it can even become microphonic.
If you were to do something like this, i would METICULOUSLY document EVERYTHING. For example, i would number each wire, draw a schematic, note which end went where, etc... At least you could back-peddle and do it accurately if it was necessary.
As far back as the late 70's Arnie was using different gauge wires, some solid, some stranded, etc.. for various drivers and sections of the speakers. I know of NO other manufacturer at that time that did such. As such, i'm sure that he's only gone forward in design and research in his hope to make a better product. Sean