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Recommendations for Speakers that can be used close to the rear wall.
Boy that’s tough. OHM’s were my first thought too. The original Wilson Duette MKI’s were designed to be placed near a wall and do it pretty successfully but I’m just not sure you’re going to find them within your budget. I did see a pair on USAM f... 
Have you moved away from full range to standmount speakers + subs?
Excellent points steakster and my comment above just proves your point. In my last sentence I should have referenced imaging, not staging.  
Dynaudio Confidence C1 MKI treble
Tanglewood what amps do you use with your dyn’s? 
Have you moved away from full range to standmount speakers + subs?
I think it really boils down to room size and what it will accommodate. I have a 13’ by 17’ room with sloped ceilings and a bit of an irregular shaped rear wall and full size speakers just flat out over power the room. I sort of did the exact oppo... 
Dynaudio Confidence C1 MKI treble
Mofojo, yes, they do in fact get better with the music louder. I’ve only had them a few days and I’m really starting to think I need to get acclimated over a period of time. I’m listening to them right now and what they do right they knock my sock... 
Have you moved away from full range to standmount speakers + subs?
Millercarbon “One notably absent from the list is patience with obnoxious arrogant types, especially ones not contributing anything but insults to the conversation.“dear kettle, you’re black. Love, pot. 
Dynaudio Confidence C1 MKI treble
My exact sentiment roxy54. 
Dynaudio Confidence C1 MKI treble
Why don’t I love them? Because the highs seem rolled off and closed in.ddzstereo I would typically agree but these are MKI’s from at least 12 years ago. Since I bought them used I’m just assuming break in is complete. 
Supply chain affecting anyone?
I purchased 6 GIK panels over a month ago and I was informed it will be another 3 weeks. We’ll see in 3 weeks. 
What do audiophiles do in their cars?
XM radio on that sweet, sweet Hyundai stereo system. Occasionally I turn that off and listen to the rattle somewhere in the passenger seat frame. 
HiFi vs MidFi
Brands most people have heard of at prices most people can afford sold in places you can walk into and buy.  
How can a system be judged with highly processed, non acoustic music?
Call me crazy. I tend to evaluate the sound of a system as to whether it sounds good with the music I like, from acoustical to electronica. Is there really more to it than that? 
Biggest "bang for the buck" audio gear you have owned(in your history)?
Era/Peachtree D5 bookshelf speakers. Super impressed with these small speakers designed by Michael Kelly. Found a new old stock pair for like $350 bucks. Had Danny Ritchie of GR Research build new crossovers for them. Don’t use them anymore but th... 
What's your dream speaker?
Though not terribly expensive as far as high end audio goes, Atohm GT-2’s are my current “reasonable” dream speakers. Cost no object would be something high up in the Legacy Audio line. 
Owning the speakers you dreamed of 20 years ago
I think where speaker technology has really improved in the last 20 years is the performance available in lower cost examples. I’ve been stunned by the sound quality offered by some inexpensive speakers recently. Now, what about the more expensive...