Devore Gibbon 88 v. PMC Twenty-23

I'm looking to upgrade speakers for a system in a second home and looking for some advice. I have a very small listening area - speakers only 6' apart and 8' from listening chair, can only get them at most 18" from back wall. Have been using inexpensive standmounts but interested in floorstanders with a small footprint (might as well put money into the actual speakers rather than the stands, for the same size footprint). I've auditioned the Gibbon 88s and really like them. Would like to also audition the PMCs but the nearest dealer is over three hours away so not sure if it's worth the trip. I guess I prefer speakers that are fast and detailed, with a decent bottom end, but I'm not really a bass-hog. Listen mostly to acoustic/electric guitar, blues, classic rock, jazz and vocals, in that order. System - Prima Luna Dialogue Premium integrated (KT-120 tubes), Music Hall 9.1 with Ortofon 2M black and Croft RIAA MM phono pre-amp, Audience 24e interconnects, Nordost Purple Flare speaker cables. Also using a Marantz SA8003 SACD player with AQ Sydney cables, although system is mostly for listening to vinyl. Appreciate your thoughts.

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How about Vapor Audio Stiff Breeze stand mounts .
You have stands. Close to 4 grand saved for you.
Factory direct, so no way to listen unless you go to a show.
Hi 82,
I own a very nice pair of custom Breeze in burl wood, matching stands and many upgrades.(Amourphous Core Raal, Deauland Resistors,etc.) You may want to poke your head in at AudioCircle to learn more about the models.
His speakers use the Raal tweeter, which many say are the best sounding tweeter in the world.(ribbon) I will say the highs are glorious!! Ryan builds outstading speakers! Bomber cabinets that he inulates with some type of secret stuff makes the cabs very heavy and non resonant. Bass is very fast and tight, liquid lush mids, tonality to die for. Great wide soundstage, and speakers easily dissapear.
I have not even heard the new Breeze model that is time aligned, or the Stiff Breeze. The Vapor Audio website will have you drooling. I think he makes the most beautiful looking speakers ever, and the sound matches. The Breeze speaker line should be pretty fast builds, as they use pre-made cabinets that they heavily modify, builds for the Cirrus and above may take a few months as they are all hand made to order. I would think the Breeze or Stiff breeze would be plenty to put a huge smile on your face while on vacation. Todd
See the Nola thread, a few folks were disappointed , thought them go be lifeless and boring .