I was also skeptical to removing the spikes, but I found that this does not alter the distance since you are only removing the tip. I happened to have some round dampening devices which Is audiophile and made for speakers. Damping for speakers is a big theme, but my best hifi-friend who happens to have Tannoy swears by plastic damping rather than Cones in Norwegian homes with wood floor. I have about 20 cm to back wall. The damping is fantastic. Try it out, as it is cheap and never dangerous to try.
Today I received my recapped pots 8 Nac 82, from a modded 102. OMG! What a fantastic amp. I have never heard my system sound this good! The 82 is fantastic real value for money.
Now the first picture do show the handsome side of the Xplorer.
I see that the grill is in place. Do you listen with it on?
I have heard Xplorer at the dealer showroom and prefer it over the focal No.1, diablo, Ovator S400 and the Neat momentum sx5i.
Also what speakers were you using before? Do you feel there it the bass is tight? What do you think about it's timing and pace?
Forgive me for putting up so many questions.