Just to back up what Richard said, all of the speakers I build for personal use are TLs, some with mass-loaded and some with tapered lines, and due to my room limitations, all of them sit close to the wall, with the distance between their backs and the wall varying from ~4" to 9". I've never heard a problem from their rear-located ports or termini due to that close proximity to the wall.
Thanks Paul and Richard. That's a good point about the plinth dimensions. I measured last night and found I can get around 12 inches out from the wall, I just dont want to come to far out as folks may walk into them in my room layout.
Have you considered the Song3-A speakers? They are cheaper in price and they use the amazing accuton midrange driver. I have a pair of Salk Sound HT3's and they sound very good. They use a SEAS mid bass driver.
Thanks Rod. I had not considered Song 3's but will take a look. My musical taste is quite broad. From Sting, Jools Holland, and a lot of female vocals like Katie Melua, Sarah McLachlan to Rush and Marillion at the other end of the spectrum and of course movies as well. I have auditioned the following speakers so far:
1) Revel F206. This was in a dealer not my home but I did not like it at all, I found it thin and lacking in bass, could have been the dealer set up though.
2) Revel Studio 2. Again this was at a dealer. Sounded great but the price is well beyond my means.
3) Aperion Grand Verus Towers Mk2. These are actually pretty good but not very refined, just as you think you like them they play a note which made me say these are not for me. Also they have a very narrow window of operation volume wise. At lower levels they are a little flat and at higher levels the get a little loutish for want of a better expression.
So all this leads me here because I think my hard earned cash is better spent on anything Jim has to offer and he has been really helpful with my journey thus far plus you end up with two beautifully finished pieces of furniture as well. However buying blind is also unnerving, that's why I'm so appreciative of hearing other owners experiences.