I would tend to doubt that the towers and monitors have the same extension. It's possible but not likely. If they did, power handling would still be a reason to opt for the towers. Plus, a lot of people think towers look cool.
I would be interested to know how much, if any baffle step compensation they use. Since the front ports may facilitate placement near a wall, did they leave it out?
I did not look at any tube preamps for the same reason that Car and Driver is not reporting on buggy whips. - David A. Rich, PhD
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