Yeah, I like the color in the other one, but for a modernist environment it feels a bit overcrowded. The speakers beside the tv have a beautiful finish and great lights, but they feel too big to me. With them there the room feels crowded, and then I started noticing other things like the increased number of speakers above the tv on the ceiling and the head with the microphones, etc. They make some *great* speakers already that are super skinny and tall. I feel like something along those lines might fit in better. You could still keep the wood grain, and maybe throw in some lighting as rings around the speakers on their bodies...
I must agree though, I feel torn between the two because once I see speakers I feel like their should be something more... maybe just not so much more.
I love your work, fantastic!