Speaker Advice?

I need to replace my beloved Audio Physic Tempo 25s with speakers that will be more room friendly in my new place. Due to WAF, I need to be able to tuck the speakers close to the rear wall, and one of them will be in a corner. The room is quite large; 20x40, with 11' ceilings.

So what I loved about the APs was their crisp, clear top end and their airy midrange. What doesn't work is the rear port and the side-firing woofers.

I've given a good listen to the Focal 1038be, and the Sonus Olympica 3. Both are outstanding, albeit a little over my budget. Still, I'd spring for either if they're the best option.

I'm wondering if there are recommendations for other speakers out there that I've overlooked. They've gotta be front-ported, be able to move some air, and can tolerate a corner placement without booming me out of the room. Suggestions? TIA!
Corner horns like Klipsch! I can't thing of any other type of speaker to sound right under those conditions, irrespective of port position.

Audio Note E series has a back port but is designed to be placed in the corner
You are tossing a great speaker, but I understand. Don't know your budget, but the Harbeth HL5 with front port may be considered. Or, Merlin monitors with no port. The Merlin floor standers are also front ported.
The problem isn't port location, as demonstrated by the Audio Notes that Philjolet referred to. Rather, the problem is that most speakers are not tuned (or capable of being tuned) for placement in a corner.

But it sounds like only one of your speakers will be in the corner, presumably the other will be on one of the same walls but rather far from the other corner. So the ideal might even be different tunings for each speaker!

I have a customer who has one speaker in a corner, and the other is next to an entryway that opens into a spacious foyer. His speakers have user-adjustable port tuning, and he has them each tuned for their respective locations. It's an unorthodox but effective solution to an unorthodox situation. Remember, south of 100 Hz or so, you cannot perceptually separate the woofer from the room because the room's effects are indelibly stamped in the woofer's output by the time you hear it. So in the bass region, consider speaker + room to be an inseparable system, wherein the goal is synergy. Again, the Audio Note approach is a beautiful example.

Your room size in and of itself presents other challenges, which imo call for particular attention to the radiation pattern because the reverberant field (made up primarily of off-axis energy) will dominate the perceived tonal balance at most listening locations within the room (nearfield being the only exception).

You might look at PiSpeakers, they are not well known but are extremely well engineered, and will work well in large rooms and with unorthodox speaker placement constraints. Ask designer Wayne Parham which model he'd recommend for your situation. Wayne was one of my teachers and his work is superb. He takes boundary reinforcement into account, and he takes the reverberant field into account. You can think of PiSpeakers as a high-end alternative to Klipsch, without having an uber high-end price tag.

Best of luck in your quest.

So are you saying you will have to "tuck" them in this position when not in use, or they will have to remain suchly?

When the heck are audiophiles - predominantly me - gonna start exerting some HAF? I'd tell her this is my 2nd greatest love, after her, and "I'm keeping the speakers I have and their positioning - deal with it..."

Ummm, typo in above message, I meant to write "predominantly men" - DOH!

Freudian slip? ;)

Your reply is unselfish and honest. For that, I respect you.
I have tried so many speakers since the original Allisons, designed to be placed against the rear wall and the ones that work best are North Creek Kitty Kat Revelators. They are designed specially for rear wall placemat and they will fill your room, even tho they are monitors. Call Rob at northcreekmusic.com and talk to him. They make a floor stander, too. I don't know about the corner, tho, which is why you should ask the designer.
They sound great and probably don't need a sub.
I gave no connection with this company, btw.
I had the same waf issue and solved it in one room with the RevelTors and the other, bigger room, about 5000 cu ft, with von Schweikert VR 35 floor standers. These work exceptionally well against the rear wall and one is in a corner. Give Albert a call.
Try the Focal SM9.
Sonus Faber Elipsa. There are a pair for $9000 on here.
Buy them.
Chlim, I have never seen Duke in any guise other than unselfish and honest.
Try ATC. I believe these are sealed box. And they should be cheaper than the Focals.

NHT also work superbly in your situation. I have 4s against the wall, one close to a corner.
Yes, I know, I have a few systems:)
All have to be against the wall.......same reason as yours