For what it's worth, I have a pair of Dreamcatchers in my home office, sitting on an open-backed, open-sided bookcase and about 8 inches from the wall. I've been very happy with them in this setup.
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I have a pair of Usher S-520's that I'm very happy with for a small monitor at a reasonable price. They are front-ported so the would likely work well against a wall. The resolution is wonderful and the bass is remarkable for such a small speaker. Here's the Stereophile review.