Best speakers for near rear wall placement?

A friend of mine is almost finished with a major remodel. The contractor says his ESS AMT-3 speakers must go!

He asked my advice on what would be a good choice for some smallish (not too tall or wide) speakers that would sound good very close to the rear wall.

Any ideas?

If your friend doesn't listen at loud levels he might be best served by getting small speakers with a high bass roll off and supplement these with a sub woofer. Not optimum, but it could solve the bass reinforcement most all floor standers will experience when placed near boundries. Is that an option? Does you friend have a budget?
The smaller Totems work okay against a wall - if you can give them even a foot or so they're not bad. Gradient has some that are designed to work well against a wall although I don't think they are small. He could go with some good standmount monitors and a sub.