Originally Posted by Alimentall
No reason why not, that's essentially how it's designed. We're just getting "tweaky" at this point. It's better for the upper midrange and the imaging to be away from room boundaries in general, but the bass balance of the 2C/3C was tuned based on the idea that it was a) on something big (big screen), b) in something big (cabinet) or c) against something big (wall). It's an imperfect approximate anyway. But at least they care enough to consider the likely placement rather than ignore it as many companies do. The Three would perform better away from the wall as it has much more extended bass.
Last week, I visited a store (Digital Ear) to check out the anthony gallo speakers to replace my superzeros b/c my wife wanted a more minimalist look to our small HT room once we move in next week. While talking to the sales rep I noticed a shiny black and nicely crafted satellite speaker which I pointed out to him. He said that thing of beauty, called the Tannoy Arenas, are way much better in sound quality than those Gallos. Never had the chance to listen although he allowed me to bring home a pair of Gallos diva to compare my superzeros with.
As expected, it was a no contest win for the SuperZeros. The Gallos sounded a little harsh and overly bright. I just thought to myself how difficult it is to depart from NHT after being spoiled with for 11 years (I still remember Corey Greenberg's articles from Home Theater mags).
Anyhow, I'm seriously considering the Tannoy arenas or the amazing Niro speaker which I had recently demoed. The Niro delivers high quality sound but is a totally different animal - all 5 drivers enclosed in one small box; you'll be totally surprised by the sound of this puppy. But this thread is making me want to go back with NHT and check out the new Classics...