After I'd initially ordered that speaker, I noticed that Harman/Kardon is still selling the Soundsticks 2.1 setup (pictured below). I used to have a set like these when I bought my first Mac back in 2002. So there is some sense of nostalgia.
The Soundsticks happened to be exactly the same price as the Onyx. So I talked them into sending me the Soundsticks to replace the failed Onyx. Yes, it's possible they chose style over substance. But I believe this 2.1 setup will out-perform the Onyx.