The only question of dealer vs direct is setup. If you buy them direct, they probably? so close they might bring them?? (I have totally no idea have to ask them) If delivered, most likely YOU (or two guys) will have to carry them INTO the house.
So the set up is you. (though Magnepan might set them up?? at 33 miles that is a possible thing.
You must have two people to set them up. two healthy strong people. You are picking up off the ground a hundred pound door sized object. (to get the on the base. (which you screw on with the speaker on side edge (while one is putting on the base,
PS make SURE the base is tight BEFORE you lift it upright. (since the base bolts just spin.. and spin. and you cannot reach them. The trick I used was a drill ...cycling it fast off on off on, finally got them to tighten up) the other person is holding the speaker on edge. After up and vertical, then you put in the tweeter (which are shipped separate in a PITA tube to get it out of) plus two, one to hold the tweet in place, other to screw it down.(if you DROP the tweeter, you probably will already be buying a new one.) Remember I watched this all happen TWICE.Also with the speaker frame being MDF, some of the tweeter screws will not seat. they will just turn and turn. You can ignore that, or add some filler into the hole and then later put in the stripped screws. usually a few will be stripped out. (both my 3.6 and 20.7 both pair had ’some’ stripped out tweeter screws. no big deal IMO) (all the other screws are tight... as they were in before arrived. and I bet they fixed any weak holes the same way.Complete break in really took more than six months for me. I listen at low levels. The main difference was lower level sound ’fell off’ the hearable particularly annoying with Classical music.. Where after break in, they are good.
The Magnepan 20.7 are so unbelievable good. amazing....