I wonder if there isn't something going on elsewhere in your signal chain or/and room interface. While I've never directly compared the M40.1 with the Silverbacks I did audition both when I was in the market for speakers. I heard the Silverbacks at In Living Stereo with Shindo electronics and did not perceive them as lacking fullness. Nor did I find them fatiguing or unforgiving. That being said, the Harbeth's are certainly full sounding and never grate. However, you may have trouble getting the most out of them given the size of your room and the placement limitations you describe. I certainly prefered the 40.1's to the Silverbacks during my search FWIW. One speaker you may want to consider is the Daedalus Athena. It is far more efficient than either of the above, will mate nicely with your electronics, is better proportioned for your room than either the DeVore's or the Harbeth's, will allow placement closer to the rear wall and need less room to breath in general and are less expensive then both. Yes, I'm a Daedalus fan but have no commercial affiliation--I just think the Athena's are something you may want to explore given your post, gear and space limitations.
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