Guys, sorry I am a bit late to your response, I do forget about this quite often and fail to look at it! Apologies please!
Gary, the Larsen is a Swedish speaker designed by John Larsen, whom used to work alongside Stig Carlsson of Sonab/Carlsson fame. While the Larsen speakers have moved on and up in sound quality over the Sonab, they probably closely more resemble the Carlsson model 58 if you check out the Carlsson Planet website. I become more and more impressed by this little speaker, a true gem indeed!
Map, yes these are designed to go hard up against the wall, which kind of seemingly defeats the real omni-type idea here, but it doesn't. It just uses the wall for bass enhancement, and just gets out of the way, no more speakers out in the living space. This speaker is one of the rare wall boundary types that does not sound like a small 2-D cutout of the performers, it has a very large and open soundstage. Pricing is very good considering it is a product that is brought in from Sweden, which usually entails a rather hefty pricetag. Enjoy guys. Tim