Take the plunge
It has been a while since I posted anything on the forum. About a year ago I fell in love with a pair of 3.7i, but was about $4,000 shy of a purchase. I don't go into debt.
Recently I had a few dimes roll my way and as today (Monday) is a holiday, tomorrow I'll get the ball rolling. Last time I called my local Magnepan dealer and left a message he never returned my call. Maybe he thinks I'm not serious or ready to buy? I'll give him one more try, next closest dealer is 200 miles away, across a state line, and PA sales tax on $6,000 would be an additional ~$420.
I'm very willing to buy local, pay the sales tax have them deliver and set up my speakers, I'm just not willing to be treated like schyte by anyone for a $6,500 speaker purchase.
I have white walls, a long back wall with 120" wide of floor length white curtains. In theory white speakers would be invisible in front of the curtains. The walls are actually "eggshell" in color, the HT 90% black out curtains are "linen" in color, adding a third "off-white" that does not match either of the other two could clash. So I am ordering black speaker fabric. Better to contrast than near miss. Listening room is 14' x 22' with 8' ceilings. I'll start off with speakers 10' apart, 3.5'-4' away from the back wall. Toed in facing me.
Off-white, black and dark grey.
(Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry.
(Aluminum) Silver, black, or gloss red.
I like almost all the trim options except the silver anodized aluminum, the red looks sharp if not "loud", I suspect I'll end up with dark cherry wood trim. The black trim on black fabric is also interesting to me.
I'll commit to a pair of 3.7i, but I also have some interest in a pair of DWM bass panels ($800 each), but I would not want to commit to them without listening to them in my house first. Hence my strong interest in my local dealer. I don't know that I'd be $1,600 happier with an added pair of DMW? The 3.7i are often presented/auditioned with a pair of DMWs. My amp is set up for 2 pair speakers.
Lord willing I will have the speakers paid for and ordered this week, then it will take how long the get the speakers here?
Power amp will be my recently refreshed Yamaha M2 Power amp (350W/ch at 4 ohms). I'll use my Oppo 105D as my DAC and pre amp. I have a Yamaha C4 pre amp, recently refreshed and tuned up but so far I've been OK using the Oppo DAC as both source and pre-amp (and it has a remote for volume and picking songs).
I have my CD collection in flac format, about 64,000 "tracks/songs" on a 1TB UBS drive which plugs into the back of the Oppo. I do have a TV and in theory I have a home theater but I am far less interested in HT than I am in my music. That could change, who knows?
Speaker wire is short, 5' of 12 gage monoprice "lamp cord" per side.
I know that we have other list members in Pittsburgh, when I get things hooked up I'll be inviting folks over for a look-see-listen.
I mentioned before that when I auditioned the 1.7i the temptation was to keep turning them up; in contrast with the 3.7i I found my self repeatedly turning the volume down. I could get all the presence and authority and nuance I was looking for at very reasonable listening levels. I'm guessing for now my 350w/ch will have to suffice.
Any last minute advise?
Last edited by Timothy Wright; Today at 05:53 AM.