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Question Best passive speaker for Nearfield listening

Hi I should choose one of these speakers but I don't know which one is best for nearfield listening. I like a balanced, dynamic and non-fatiguing sound that sounds good even at low volumes, but that reproduces a deep sound stage, I prefer a bass with a good punch and slightly warm rounded mids, I don't like a too detailed tweeter but I like that sounds natural.
I excluded active solutions from the list because I prefer a configuration with separate components.

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I like a balanced, dynamic and non-fatiguing sound that sounds good even at low volumes, but that reproduces a deep sound stage, I prefer a bass with a good punch and slightly warm rounded mids, I don't like a too detailed tweeter but I like that sounds natural.
Q150.

You should also consider Wharfedale speakers, they are downported, so you can place them closer to a wall if needed, and are also noted for warmth and musicality. The Diamond 225 is on sale for $300/pr from Crutchfield, $10 flat rate returns.

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I have heard many passive and active nearfield speakers, I was a professional recording engineer for over 30 years.

My current favorite brand is Revel, they have passive monitors in several price ranges. I have heard and sold all of them, never had a complaint.

https://www.revelspeakers.com/products/types/bookshelf/
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I have excluded the Revel Concerta2 M16 from my list due to the 6.5 ”woofer, I suspect it may be excessive for nearfield listening, but I think these speakers have a tone that I may like, have a balanced sound and are authoritative in the low frequency end but reproduce a good dose of detail when it is necessary and I like their big soundstage.
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As a PSB XB owner, I'm gonna go with the P5 knowing what their house sound is. Very musical speakers and neutral. The XB is often on sale and can be found for a price close to the Alphas.
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Hi I should choose one of these speakers but I don't know which one is best for nearfield listening. I like a balanced, dynamic and non-fatiguing sound that sounds good even at low volumes, but that reproduces a deep sound stage, I prefer a bass with a good punch and slightly warm rounded mids, I don't like a too detailed tweeter but I like that sounds natural.
I excluded active solutions from the list because I prefer a configuration with separate components.

Thank you and best regards
From your list, I'd go Q150's. Any of them would greatly benefit from a sub to add depth. Even a smaller Yamaha tucked under your desk would do the trick.

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