"1. has anyone else listened to the speakers?"
Yes, I auditioned the traveling pair for approx. a month. I found them to
be open sounding, and neutral to 'ever so slightly' warm ...no listener
fatigue at all during extended listening sessions (ie I spent several
weekends rediscovering my music collection). The Neo - 3 tweeter has
a lot of 'air'. It does have some of the 'immediacy' that open-baffle
speakers are known for. They have an involving sound that'll have you
forgeting about the audio equipment and just listening to the music.
"...they will be in ( 10' x 12" ), will these be too big for this size room?"
No, I believe that might be just about perfect! ...does your room open into
another room? My room is 15'x15'x10' and is completely open to the
connecting kitchen behind it and a foyer on the front left corner. I had
to turn the volume up a few notches to compensate. My GR Research
X-CS Encores (a MTM design) are better suited, output wise, in big space.
"...can i put them fairly close to the wall?"
Yes. My X-CS Encores (sealed box) are spaced 1/3 of the way into the room
from the sides and about 3' from the back wall ...the Studio Monitors sat right
on top of them (on a towel). Sounded right with good imaging.
"...but why ruin this nice design with a class D amp?"
I have been using a B&O IceEdge 1200AS2 amplifier for my 2 channel listening
for almost two years now ...resolving, natural sound with a liquidy midrange. It's
thoroughly enjoyable and powered the Studio Monitors during their visit here.