I get this, but to me, the design of the loudspeaker, as well as the size and shape of the music room dictates the set up. I am lucky enough to have a large room, listen in the far field and can get intimacy I want by turning the volume up to 11!
Upon hearing a well set up near-field loudspeaker system or, for that matter, a properly set up far-field rig, it is hard to say one is better than the other.
For example, the near-field setup is more intimate. There is less room but more detail and closeness.
And our “normal” setup where the speakers are equal distance from the listener as they are apart have depth and room the near-fields cannot touch. But at the expense of detail and closeness.
The tradeoffs between the two are inevitable.
It’s not that one is better than the other.
They are simply different.
Which one appeals to you more?