Hi daveyjayThanks again for the extra replies. The MAs are Blu Tacked on to Atacama Nexus stands. They are about a foot away fro rear wall. Bass port bungs are in - without them, the bass is boomy. The sound is not 'forward' enough and the mid range is 'muddled'. That's the best way I can describe it.
I see that the ports are bunged as per your above post. I had tried bunging my Qacoustics concept speakers to enable a close wall placement. But it completely killed the sound and made it all sound flat. Much like you desrcibe it now. Can you please remove those port bunges and try moving the speakers a little further out into the room, till the bass boom stopped.
Iam not as experienced as the other folks here , and haven't heard much either. But from my reading alone, Iam given to understand that a lot of hobbyists like the arcam + monitor audio silver combination. So I guess you have the right chain with a promise of synergy..and you just need to apply some lower back grease to find that ideal speaker placement in your room without the bungs
All the best