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Dipoles

Mike, any dipole speaker, which includes MLs and Maggies, requires placement well out into the room for optimum performance. Based on the speed of sound that means at least 5' from the front wall. With lesser dimensions then some sort of diffraction will be needed on the wall behind the speakers. Either example is necessary to separate direct sound from reflected sound to take advantage of the clarity possible with such speakers, otherwise, some sonic smearing may be expected when arrival times at your head are too close to one another.

So your concerns for "physically imposing" may rule out any speaker that requires placement well into the room to realize full performance. Particularly when most dipole models tend to be taller than say 4'.
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