I haven't heard the Silverline or Talon, but my Merlin VSM-M's work well near the back wall (though I usually try to keep them about 5 feet out). There is a slight increase in bass energy and the soundstage depth suffers some(as expected), but they still sound good and relatively balanced...many speakers don't when placed 1-2 feet from the rear wall. He designed them to take their enviroment out of the sound equation and he really did do a good job (as good as anyone, anyway). Bobby at Merlin often recommends Rogue gear (for tube) and Belles (for SS) with his speakers, so that makes me think you might have a nice match with the Merlins. There are usually a few pairs listing her at A-gon used too.
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