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99% of speakers are designed to function best away from walls, so move the speakers out at least 3 feet from walls
I'm sorry if I misstated the Zu models...most are over your stated budget new, but check out them out on hifishark. There's not much of a selection used for sale at this moment, but if you look at the sold/expired listings you'll see several models have been listed or sold under $2,000. Two things I like about Zu, to me they're very good looking and I really like the owners attitude. He just seems to have fun and doesn't mind bucking tradition. I can't speak to their sound as I haven't heard them.
If you can find these.http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/stratamini/stratamini.htmlAnd these.http://hometheaterhifi.com/volume_11_4/onix-reference-3-speakers-11-2004.html
A very large majority of speakers need room to breathe, and sound best when well away from wall surfaces.Only a very few are designed specifically to function optimally when pushed as close as you want. Wilson Duettes come to mind; Neat Iota Alpha might work too. Some others are designed to be placed close to corners, but if you have seven walls, you don't have conventional corners with intersecting walls. A lot of people are listening to speakers in suboptimal positions because of non-audio related reasons, often "domestic" in nature...
How do you guys get the women in your lives to 1) get rid of their favorite furniture and 2) permit speakers to be situated out in the middle of the room? Sure you can do this in your 'man caves' but don't you want decent sound in your other rooms too? Not at all--Zu do offer a 'Dirty Weekend' model well within my price range. Very interesting stuff and I agree about the owner's attitude. http://www.zuaudio.com/loudspeakers/omen-dirty-weekend-2Sounds like it's something I should audition before buying.
#1, get rid of the wife, makes speaker placement so much easier.
#1, get rid of the wife, makes speaker placement so much easier. I don't listen to music in the living room so anything that works for movies is fine and placement is relatively unimportant. In my dedicated listening room (the den) speakers are well away from the front wall and measured to within 1/16". In your case compromises must be made so, for myself, I wouldn't invest much in speakers that can't be placed optimally.Sean Casey of Zu is a great guy with an interesting history. I couldn't recommend him more highly, so it's with regret that I never got his speakers. I get it that he's looking for a very dynamic, lifelike sound, but it just never suited my taste. But people that buy his speakers love them and they will play fairly close to a wall, so it could be a solution for you.
You might be an audiophile if....
Now can someone tell me why bookshelf speakers would have rear-facing ports? I guess those aren't supposed to be placed in bookshelves? Just bought some for my bedroom bookcases and yeah, you guessed it.
I'm also ordering HTD L3 Towers just so I have something to listen to
Not sure what your budget is, but Larsen speakers are actually designed to be placed against the wall. They come at three price points and in four finishes:http://www.larsenhifi.com/en/larsen6.htm
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