Disclaimer: I am not a Maggie guy
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding the website, which is not an especially attractive or helpful one. Because they make no distinction between who is a "showroom only" dealer and who is a conventional dealer, the site gives the impression that they're all showroom dealers now. And they apparently are offering in-home trials through the company, etc. But perhaps this is a way to get Maggies into *more* stores, even if they're not selling them. In that case it's a confusing website.
It looks to me that the Dealer page on the Magnepan website clearly states which dealers are showroom only...I guess I'm assuming the other dealers are sales dealers, I know my local one is...I think only the LRS is available only from Magnepan, and has a long waiting list...I got one last summer and it is terrific...
Johnny Rutan has the LRS at Audioconnection, or at least did when I last visited. He said they were selling like hotcakes. At $650, there isn’t much money a dealer will reap, but, hey, it’s business.
If you do go, check out the Vandy VLR's. Though a bit more money, they can really rock with a Belles Aria integrated.
(((The Showroom Only Dealer is not permitted to sell Magneplanars. And you are not under any obligation. The dealer is simply providing you with the opportunity to hear Magneplanars in the dealer's facility.))) this isn't directed to folks with local Mag dealers
Freedom of choice.
Wendle is just trying to reach more fringe area dealers for the convenient listening experience and then able to ship to you. Of course, If you want to hear them, purchase them at a full-service shop like Audio Connection NJ you can. In our area many folks can easily reach us listen to Magnepan LRS, point 7, 1.7,3.7, etc make the right decision then, easily buy them from us, drop-ship available, or we can deliver and set up, or you can too, which is all offered with our intense support, top-level valued equipment and expertise you deserve. Best, JohnnyR
The policy referenced by the OP is being rolled out only in some areas:
I'm sorry, guys. My eyes missed where they list the showroom dealers, which is down the page mixed in with all the others. As @crustycoot points out, there are only four of them. I apologize for spreading my confusion out here.
And thanks for the other posts! I bought my past Maggies from Take-5 in New Haven, now gone/moved, but I do know Natural Sound pretty well, having lived outside Boston for a decade. I LOVE the Maggie sound but, yeah, well, they are big and I have a few things to consider with this next purchase. (If I go that route, it'll probably be the 3.7i.) But I need to hear Vandersteen, so I'll find a way to get down to Audioconnection ... and hear both.
Anything that gives people a chance to audition live is welcome. I can’t imagine buying speakers without hearing them first. Audio Concepts in Dallas had .7s and even the Rogue Sphinx amp I was interested in. Once we got a source I liked tapped in over the course of two separate listening sessions I ordered both amp and speakers from them and picked them up a couple of weeks later. Fine for something I expect to own for years.