Originally Posted by naethoven
Are the Mackies considered rear ported speakers? They do not have an actual port, rather a passive radiator that moves sympathetically to the real speaker. Don't know much about speaker design, but I assume this acts as the port.
I had considered flush mount, and would love to do it. But that would take a lot more research time and I would not be able to use my current monitors. (I asked Mackie and they said nope.) However, my monitors do have an "acoustic switch" for being placed at 1/2 space and 1/4 space close to walls. Doesn't seem like the most technical solution to me, but would it work in this situation?
Here is a more detailed dimension of the studio. The outer edges represent the total amount of empty space I have right now, the space is square.
Yes, the Mackies are sending a lot of low frequency information out from the rear of the cabinet, which is why I don't like them for bass. On the other hand, what I do like about them is the multi-position roll-off switches, which is to say I like them for their lack of bass. In other words, they can be decent (though not my favorite) for nearfields, but that's really about it, which is reasonable given their price point and intended market. But then again, what small speakers can you trust for bass, when it comes right down to it? But I do realise that in a budget studio you have to make compromises, and I can understand your not wanting to do soffits.
Anyhow, the main principle I wanted to point out is that when you're not doing soffits, I think it's wise to use front-ported rather than rear-ported speakers.
By the way, there's no reason that you can't have fiberglass bass traps right up next to your speakers.