If my memory serves me Vandersteens do well( 2ci and 3ci ) in close to wall set ups. I think I remember a post saying 18" from wall was very good for them.
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i agree with dave_b. i have a pair of totem model 1's in my listening room and have a pair of the totem arro's in my den. the arro's are designed to place near a wall (mine are 6" from the back wall and 6" from the side wall). the arro's (along with most of the totems) sound incredible for their size and price.
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And... orchestral works sound incredible as well- suddenly I'm listening to my Mahler and Brahms again.
I can't recommend placing Meadowlark Shearwater Hot Rods, at least, near the wall. Mine started there and have moved way out, and now I have soundstage, depth and bass.
Linn speakers, the Keilidh and Kaber come to mind, are designed to restrict lower frequencies (because they are so expensive to control) and so work well against a wall. I can confirm too that the Totem Arro sounds grand in that position.
Um, you didn't ask, but a source upgrade might give you even more satisfaction than a speaker change.
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Most full range speakers should place away from the corner for soundstage, solid deeper bass...while most satellites should be close to the wall for warm, rich and powerful in mid-high region...a passive crossover system does not cost much,all you need is a subwoofer and another pair of speaker cables.
Active crossover system will do more and cost more...but if you like to trade your speakers then audition is a musk.Don't forget to ask your dealer set the speakers close to the wall.
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