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3 feet from the front wall is plenty of room. Play around with positioning, even 1/2" can make a huge difference.I am partial to the black fabric. My 1.6's are black with the cherry wood trim. White would be fine if you have a white themed room.
I would go for the off-white (personal preference) if you like wood frames, provided you have the discipline to wear some gloves (latex?) when you re-position them, to avoid marking them up with dirty hands. Not sure what kind of sub you have or whether it will be suitable for Maggies. If not, you could consider other frame materials like oak, etc. If you are tight for room, the 1.7s may not be something to aspire to.
To me yes fabric color could be a determining factor in buying used or new. IMHO you can't go wrong with cherry trim and black fabric. The other fabrics are may have greater appeal but to a smaller group of potential buyers.
I own Magnepan 20.7s, new last year. Before that 3.6 Maggies.Mine are natural oak with the off white fabric. Both the 3.6 and 20.7My dealer told me (when I asked him to sell my 3.6 on consignment, that the most popular and easiest to sell is the white fabric, any trim)The most dramatic look is the Cherry trim with the dark grey fabric. Stunning.But the dark color makes them look heavier, and more imposing. I chose white because I want them to look light. And plus then they look way way less like the monoliths in 2001 Space Odyssey. To me the black just sticks out screaming look at me look at me.. And since there is nothing to actually look at.. they just fail to be attractive.. in black.
3 feet from the front wall is plenty of room.
Plenty? Having owned Maggies I'd say this is the absolute bare minimum. Try moving them 6' off the front wall, you'll be amazed at the difference this makes. The more room you give them to breath, the more they open up and blossom. I had mine 10' off the front wall, and after a while I tried moving them back 4', no sale! They went back to 10' and stayed there until I sold them. Any speaker will sound better pulled further away from the walls, but with Maggies it is absolutely essential, assuming you want to hear what the speakers are truly capable of. I also suggest treating the front wall so as to diffuse the back wave.
...Like the Magnepan Police will come into your home like some SWAT TEAM and take away your speakers? ...
I am sorry the gazillion mile distance required rule is nonsense. I had 3.6 Maggies from 2010 to 2018, I found a great location, so good I kept notes of exact distances. (I added bass edge 'wings' that oddly made my 3.6 same width as the 20.7) When I got my 20.7s in 2018, I started at that location, and moved them a little here a little there.. The change was very slight. (mainly based on locking in the image with female vocals)My back wall is 11' 8" wide. The 20.7 are angled in a lot. closest measurement to side wall 18" Tweeter 'in' The outer edge is 58.5" from rear wall(but only 18" from side) The inner edge is 42" from rear.(this places the tweeter slightly further away as recommended.Great sound. perfect location.I have to say I am just whining due to the 'gospel like' guru-ish claims about the distance required. Like the Magnepan Police will come into your home like some SWAT TEAM and take away your speakers? On the other hand if you have a gigantic room.. well yeah that distance might work out....
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