Speakers that sound great when you're just 24" from the front baffle?

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JLM

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zoom25, good choices!

KEF LS50 should work well in theory as the drivers are not only coaxial, but coincidental (voice coils aligned in all three dimensions.  But based on short listens I've never been impressed by the sound.  However the LS50 wireless (which is active) is reportedly far superior.  If phase between woofer and tweeter is accounted for should be nearly ideal (a cone and dome can not be expected to sound the same at the crossover frequency). 

Omega should be nearly ideal too, but haven't been able to hear one with the current drivers.

Both of these are largish for a 2 foot distance. 

Have been racking my old brain for the name of a very small high quality single driver speaker (with built-in amp and subwoofer output) intended for desktop use, around $500/pair.  They came in a couple of different cabinet shapes made of bamboo and leather and as I recall were from Canada.  Maybe someone else can think of the name.  Don't know if they're still in business as it was a few years back.

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Have been racking my old brain for the name of a very small high quality single driver speaker (with built-in amp and subwoofer output) intended for desktop use, around $500/pair.  They came in a couple of different cabinet shapes made of bamboo and leather and as I recall were from Canada.  Maybe someone else can think of the name.  Don't know if they're still in business as it was a few years back.

A friend in Toronto has bamboo desktops made in Canada, Serene Audio Talisman, single driver, very nice cohesive sound that didn’t blow me out of his work desk chair. Odd wavy shape though, sort of like a shreaded wheat buiscuit married to a dish sponge. But very nice sounding. He’s quite pleased with them.

Golly I would never use the KEF LS50s for desktop purposes.

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A friend in Toronto has bamboo desktops made in Canada, Serene Audio Talisman, single driver, very nice cohesive sound that didn’t blow me out of his work desk chair. Odd wavy shape though, sort of like a shreaded wheat buiscuit married to a dish sponge. But very nice sounding. He’s quite pleased with them.

Golly I would never use the KEF LS50s for desktop purposes.

Thank You!!

That's the one.  A high quality, intelligent design for desktop use.  Originally they offered 3 cabinet shapes.  They've turned to a future kickstarter campaign to sell the speakers (apparently cheaper than the original $500/pair).

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Golly I would never use the KEF LS50s for desktop purposes.

Have never tried a desktop LS50 setup myself, but I have read at least 10 rave reviews of people using them this way.   One was from this guy, who posted a picture of his setup.