The 3A signatures can work in a small room, but you won't be getting all they are capable of. My room is 13' by 14' (though the room is actually a little bigger because of a half wall) and they work well. I have them about 30" from the rear wall and 42" from the side wall so they can breath a little. If they are much closer to the walls they will lose the openess. I did have a problem with lumpy bass, but I solved that with a single 2Wq subwoofer (sounds counterintuitive but it worked!). As much as I like the speakers something smaller may be a better match but there are so many options I'm sticking with this for now. As for the amp I can't offer any advice since I don't know the McIntosh sound. I use an Audio Research amp and preamp to very good result.
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