I haven't heard the Talons, but I used to sell Maggies (pre-3.6). I personally love the Maggie sound, especially for acoustic music and vocals, but would tend to agree in general with your salesman's assessment. However, I don't consider these aspects as flaws - in fact, Maggies can do some things regarding the casting of a sonic image and space better than just about all other speakers, if correctly set up in an appropriate room. It's just that those things aren't going to strike you as being "tight defined imaging" in the way you are used to thinking of it from box speakers. Frankly, I find the way Maggies present the musicians and soundspace really transcends terms like those, since live music does not have "focus" and the "soundstage" is all around you. If I got big SS amps, listened mostly to naturally recorded acoustic music, and had a more commodious listening room, I'd probably own a pair right now instead of the Thiels I use. But dynamic box speakers can have advantages in bass weight, midrange presence, dynamic impact, and ease of placement. I also feel that Maggies have somewhat more of a tendency to lend everything played through them a little bit of a similar signature character overall which is endemic to the design, than do most good dynamic speakers (although this presentational character is pleasant enough and quite appropos of a lot of music, particularly classical, and is not to my mind a 'coloration' as such, for they are tonally quite neutral and transparently revealing). They also are more of a "they are here" speaker than a "you are there" speaker. If you think your gear, room, and tastes run toward what I've alluded to, you appreciate a natural, open sound that emphasizes coherence and near-tactile immediacy without hype or fowardness, and you're still curious, I would take the drive, just for the educational experience of getting to know a benchmark classic if nothing else.