It's my understanding that the Harbeths are best in free space, which is true of a lot of sealed-box speakers. Not sure about the Aerials.
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Didn't know that -- or anything, really -- about the Ariels. I passed along the info about the Harbeths b/c I considered them for a near-wall setup and was advised against it. And, of course, there are speakers that are designed for near-wall or even corner positioning (Audio Note, for one). Happy hunting!