How about the EPOS ELS3? Great little speaker at $296 per pair.
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Have you thought about the MMGW speakers from Magnepan. $300 a pair factory direct. They wall mount and swivel. less then an inch thick, sound very nice but you might have to pick up an inexpensive sub as they only go down to 100Hz.
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Might be right up your alley.
How about some speakers designed to be wall mounted.
B&W M-1's - $400/pr
B&W LM1's - $350/pr
Tannoy arena's - $900/pr
Mission elegante E80 satelites - $1000/pr
look under the specs for the E80 systems to see the E80 sats.
All these need to be paired with a sub to get full range sound.
I personally own both the B&W LM1's and M-1's. The m-1's have a bit more treble detail than the LM1's. And, the LM1's have bit more midrange. I use the M-1's in my office system, pair with a sealed DIY 8" sub and monarchy audio se-100 monoblocks, were I do about 90 percent of my listening.
A friend of mine uses LS3/5 in exactly this application, and it is one of the few applications in which I think ls3/5s sound very good. In general I find them overpriced, but for wall mounting their small size and sealed cabinet produces a very clear non-boomy sound.
Perhaps you could elaborate on why they are unsuitable.
A friend of mine tried Aperions (522's I think) based on research I did for her - seeking very small, cheap, yet attractive and listenable speakers, and is very happy with them. I haven't heard them yet.
Michael Fremer (with all obvious caveats about the HiFi press) wrote, "Whether because of the DiAural crossover or some other aspect of design, the system's biggest plus was its ability to produce a remarkably large, coherent sonic picture. Even in 2-channel mode, this small system's soundstaging abilities were remarkable. When I closed my eyes, I would never have guessed that I was listening to such small boxes....The high-quality Vifa drivers easily handled high power without strain, and the system could play surprisingly loud, filling my large listening room with finely focused music or movie sound. Friends were routinely astonished by the sheer amount of brute force these speakers produced..."
One thing that's great - which sold my friend on them - is that Aperion offers a 100% Money Back (including shipping in BOTH directions) guarantee if you don't like them for any reason.
I'm very happy with a pair of Soliloquy SAT 5's hanging from the ceiling in my kitchen. They're close to the walls so get a bit of extra low end from their position. No rear ports to consider. Well built, small, nice finish, sound fantastic if you don't mind the lack of bass, which, I'd feel safe to say will be a shortcoming with any small speaker recommended here. Still, midrange clarity and great dynamics make these speakers a hoot. On the used market a pair can be had for around the $275 range. You'll need some heavier mounts than others recommended here as they weigh about 18 lbs per box.
I just helped my mother in-law buy a pair of Epos ELS3's for high mounting in her house. I reserve an opinion at this point since I've yet to hear them. I did warn her of the rear port and implications of putting them up high and, or on a shelf as she wants to. I'll be happy to chime in once again once I've heard them. By all accounts I've read they'd be a good candidate as well, but do take that rear port into consideration.