Thanks for the responses about balanced vs single ended. The interconnect I'm using is not very expensive (by 'high end' standards ) and I like it very much, so it may be worth buying one wired for balanced use.
With regard to (the clue) speakers, yes I like them a lot. I've had so many speakers over the years, but most of them were pretty demanding in terms of placement, usually far out into the room. It's great to have such good sound with a speaker actually designed to be against the wall. Lars is a nice guy to deal with as well.