I rest my case:):)
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I've never even heard of them. There's been dozens of posts about speakers that work well in close proximity to a rear wall. I'm sure you could dig some of them up. Of course rear ported speakers are out of the question so you can start there. I use Harbeth C7es3's and they're fairly close to the rear wall. I've always preferred front ported monitors.
The NHT Classic 3 are acoustic suspension speakers. This design of speaker operates well in near rear wall placement. Period. I am not sure if absolute flush placement is physically possible. My hunch is that clearance needed for speaker cable, especially if you are using banana plugs, may bring you a few inches from the rear wall. With all that said, I used NHT SB2s in this manner with a Prima Luna PL2 amp and Rega Apollo CD player and really enjoyed the sound.
Like you, when I was looking for special placement speakers,I tried to get information about North Creek (near rear wall) and Salk (on sides) speakers and it was frustrating to say the least. Non intuitive web-sites talking about kits or models costing $2K plus, but no product lists or order forms. Emails were not returned.
I ultimately purchased the Ascend Acoustic Sierra 1 Monitors after conversations with AA that Sierras were designed to operate either in regular standing position or on their sides, which was a need on my part. I have them about 10 inches from the rear wall on top of a bookcase and they are stellar.
The Regas were real surprises. Inside a closed back bookcase, placed on their sides, and they were fantastic. Should not have given them away.
Good luck with the Classic 3s.
At the California Audio Show last week.
I saw a pair of speakers by LRE acoustics.
They were designed to be placed close to the wall.
The speaker designer had them almost attached to the wall and they sounded fantastic with 500$ denon receiver and a no-name (prob $200) cd player. A refreshing change from $500,000 systems with all the big names.
Here is the website: http://lreaudio.com/
They are $2000 a pair tentatively, The designer Jim Suhre was hands down the coolest guy I met at the show. He's been designing speakers as a hobby for 15 years, and this was (I think) his world premier.
Am not affiliated with him at all, just loved his attitude, and he was fun guy to talk to, and I liked him, and his interaction with Stereophile Jason Verinus was a blast to watch.
Check him out, you might be snagging the first pair.
Here is the link to his stereophile writeup and photo: http://www.stereophile.com/content/cas-2013-day-3-au-revoir-trois