Currently I attempt to mix my music in an untreated living room, going back and forth between a pair of headphones and a sizable desktop speaker system. I'd like to improve the situation with some basic reference monitors, but I'm tight on space so my desk is up against a wall.
This immediately rules out any back-ported speakers, since the bass response will be boomy and unreliable that close to the wall. However, I have heard that front-ported speakers (such as KRK's Rokit speakers) can be placed close to a rear surface without trouble. In fact, it's written right on the Rokit 5 G2's box.
Is this true, or just advertising? For amateur mixing and reference situations, can front-ported monitor speakers be placed close to walls or other surfaces?