Originally Posted by DonH50
What are the dimensions of the room? How far is your listening position from the front wall?
To set up floor-standing Magnepans you need about 3' behind them -- or need to heavily treat the wall(s) behind. It does not look like you have enough room (as BDP24 said, and I tend to agree). You could go with a pair of wall-mounted MMGW's, MC1's, or MC2's (or mount them on stands against the wall).
Frankly, the more I look and think on it, the more I think BDP24 has it right, alas.
Thank you for the additional info. The room dimensions are 12.5 feet wide (measured from half-wall to fireplace) and 16 feet long. Given what you and BDP24 have said below, I am leaning towards selling the CC3. The only way I can see it working is moving the couch back, but then the walking space is vastly compromised given that the front door to the place is on the near side of that chair you see against the back wall (right side of photo).
Originally Posted by BDP24
By ergonomically I meant living with them in the room. They would take up a lot of the available space (about half the room, it looks to me), and be hard to get around (cleaning, getting to the DVD/CD player, retrieving dog toys, etc.). A pair of nice stand-mounted monitors or small floor-standers could take up only about a square foot, and be spaced further apart for soundstaging and imaging. I consider the minimum room dimension needed for a pair of single-panel (12-18") planar speakers to be about 12' X 14'. With the speakers firing down the length of the room, that gives one 3' behind the speakers, 3' behind the listening location, and 8' from the speakers to the listener(s). The 12' width is just enough, as panels can actually be placed closer to side walls than can be box speakers (because of their dipole/line source radiation pattern). Now, if you were to tear out that short wall on the left of the speaker (is that a kitchen on the other side? What's more important to you---music & movies, or food?!), you'd have a planar-suitable room!
Haha, yes I live in a very humble condo, so that short wall separates the kitchen from the living room. Eating is pretty important, but I have thought about getting rid of the kitchen in favor of a bigger listening room
It seems like a good idea when I am not hungry.
In all seriousness, a lot of the enjoyment of this hobby/obsession is looking forward to upgrades/changes to gear. So, if Maggies won't work in this space, that just gives me something to look forward to getting later in life. An ideal listening room with acoustic treatments along with some Maggies and high-power amps sounds like a nice goal to have.