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True @roberjerman, but do you think the 8b will work in an 11 x 14 room? I guess they could be placed on the short wall, firing down the length. The speaker is 13" wide, and being a dipole (above 180Hz) can be placed fairly close to the side walls. The 14' room length will allow the speakers to be the required 3' minimum from the wall behind them (5' is better), so maybe they will. $2499/pr., plus the cost of the stands Sound Anchor makes for them, about $200 I believe.
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I had a love hate relationship with Maggie 3.5Rs. Previously, I owned Accoustat 2 + 2s and am a huge open baffle fan. My room is quite large and I tried various subs with various main speakers. I tried various amps here as well, even biamping the 3.5s tweeter and bass panels, plus the 2 SVS powered 12" subs, but could not get them to blend seamlessly. I also tried active XOs, but the cheap ones kept blowing up and a Marchand XLR was uber expensive.
After considerable research I bought Emerald Physics KCIIs which are open baffle (and considerably smaller ~ 43" tall: 93dB efficient, but can handle big power. I find them similarly open and fast, a touch warmer sounding than the 3.5s.
I gave up trying to use the subs, still, they sound terrific, especially with my EVS 1200 class D amp (600wpc!). They can be a bit overwhelmed with large scale music in MY ROOM, which is 2+xs bigger than yours. EP was running a special at the time, including a BOM (bass management device), but the BOM did not solve the subwoofer integration problem either.
Right now EP is running a factory direct sale with carbon fiber woofers, which should be killer. Price, delivery included, is $1999. That is an amazing bargain
Derek, if you're not in a rush, consider waiting for the concept speaker Magnepan is working on, the "Dual Dipole". It consists of a 1' W x 6' H midrange/tweeter panel coupled with a 1' x 3' H triangular OB/Dipole sub. Each sub contains 8-6.5" dynamic woofers, the woofers self-powered and DSP-treated.
The catch is, the Dual Dipole is currently only a prototype design being considered, and may never actually make it into production. Wendell Diller is on tour with the speaker right now, demoing the speaker at Magnepan dealers across the U.S. and Canada.