I was going to suggest the Gallos but you beat me to it. Good luck, Dave
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I was going to say Dynaudio but just reread your comments. Those silk dome tweeters in the Dunlavy's were very beautiful...
Maybe the newest Wilson line up. Sasha, Sophia 2, or used Watt Puppy 7 or 8's etc...
I think the Wilsons will give you the accuracy, liveliness and can absolutely disappear.
Placement on any speaker is critcal....hope this helps
I had a pair of Dunlavy SC-IV's, then bought a pair of B&W Silver Signature's. The B&W Silver Signature's to me, were much more natural, especially in the vocal range. I moved to a 10' x 12' room and the Silver Signature's completely disappeared, just this soundstage before me.
I moved the SC-IV's to the home theater and used the Silver Signature's for my stereo. I then looked for years for a replacement and finally found the Star Sound Caravelle's.
There's a pair for sale on Audiogon right now: http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrmoni&1249959936&/Star-Sound-Caravelles-With-Mat
I still have mine, and I'm not looking to replace them.
The only other monitors that I've heard and really liked was the Dynaudio C1 and Wilson Duette. I've read really good things about the new Eben. I also like the Magnapan 1.6's.
my reco would be Green Mountain Audio. I believe that, besides the silk dome tweeter, the Dunlavy's were 1st-order x-over which is what the Green Mountain Audio speakers are. I believe, from my personal experience, you should find a similar sound in Green Mountain Audio speakers as you did in the Dunlavy's.
I had the same issue with the Ohms in terms of "laid back" dynamics (OTOH, I find them nearly dead neutral, tonally). With time, (either) the speakers (or your ears) will break-in and the effect will diminish. You can add a sub (I use 2 Rythmiks) to relieve the Ohms of deep bass which also helps. The Gallos bark up a similar tree to the Ohms (I suspect most will find them a touch more dynamic), but - like the Ohms - they're nearly omni directional throu much of the range. Don't know if that's good or bad given your comments.
I have the MicroWalsh Talls. I am going to give them some more time and compare them head to head with my other choice/s before I form a complete opinion
My budget is about 2K. The Thiels are interesting. I don't know much about them, but I do suspect that the Dunlavy being Phase aligned had a lot to do with what I liked about them. I've heard Thiels can be analytical. I would also guess anything larger than the 1.6 would overwhelm my room and listening position. Anyone have experience with the 1.6.
What about a set of small Martin Logans, the Source or the Purity?
Since you loved your Dunlavys and I'm pretty sure they had 1st-order crossovers, that may be something to look for in your next speaker. The crossover design/build quality probably has as much to do with the sound of a speaker within your room's boundaries than the enclosure type/driver array etc..
If you are curious abount the Thiels mentioned above I think you can buy them from Crutchfield.com and try them for 30-days risk-free in your own listening room. Can't go wrong with that!
the dunlavy sc2 would be a near repica of the sound but no stands are needed .don't spend a dollar however until you've let the micro walsh break in and you've had time to adjust. in all honesty, let the money stay in your pocket for awhile....you may be off the merry-go-round, and just need time to know you're off....consult with mapman as well....an ohm enthusiast, but not closed minded to the charms of other loudspeakers.
i also had some dunlavy i (av model), which i stupidly and impulsively sold. my hangup at the time was the absence of any low end, although i recognized that the dunlavys image and detail like nothing else on earth. i've tried various well-regarded monitors (dynaudio, von schweikert) as replacements, tho nothing really reproduces the high end like the dunlavy. closest i've gotten is jm focal, which ahs that lovely, transparent tweeter and midrange. mark and daniel is also impressive, with a much more robust low end.
I owned Dunlavy SM-1s for a number of years and recommend that you listen to Lipinski L-505s or L-707s which many feel were based on the SM-1s. To my ear the Lipinski monitors, I've owned the 505s and currently own the 707s, share many characteristics with the Dunlavys and have improved on the Dunlavy design. There is a good review in Stereophile and a search of "Dunlavy Lipinski" will bring up a number of comparisons - some prefer one, some the other, but most feel they are similar.
There are many great speakers (out there) and I have had some of the best in their day; but only the Dunlavys continue to endure. I presently have five different models in a variety of audio/video systems and I marvel at the ability to continue upgrading the systems without touching the speakers. I'm still not sure of the totality of what they are capable of, so I continue to experiment being rewarded by whatever good choices I may make.
My recommendation is to go with Dunlavys, wherever they may be found. I've found it to be the best audio investment of my 40+ years in this hobby.
Brauser is spon on!
I have owned a set of IVs and 2 sets of Vs. If you have a room that will allow them to be properly placed, they are very difficult to beat.
Find a set of Dunlavys and buy them. Hire a moving company to move them to your listening room. You will never find a better value and probably never find a more satisfying speaker.
There always seem to be some SC-IVs and Vs for pickup only on the site because of the difficulty of shipping. I see some SC-IIs now, as well.
I loved my SC-IIIs, but my new condo has a floorplan that simply makes it impossible to place them in a way that takes advantage of their capabilities. So I'm moving to Vandersteen Quatros.
Does anyone know what the minimum listening distance is for the SC-II? It's 8 feet for the SC-III, according to the manual. It should be under the specs for on-axis accuracy.
I have had my Dunlavy SCIV's for a dozen years and have heard many high end speakers during that time span. None has ever tempted me into replacing the Dunlavy's from my reference system. The Dunlavy's have always sounded the closest to live music to me with the right amount of harmonic texture, timbre, naturalness, dynamics etc. Placed in the correct room and with the right electronics I don't think you can find a better balanced speaker.
I've got SC-IIIs, as well as a center channel (which I'm not using). McIntosh system and generic $.50/foot speaker wire. It's unbelievable. Sure, I rent a room in a warehouse practically just to use for listening to these, but it's worth it. Especially because they were free :)
I need grilles, though. and bases. Currently using those mooshy rubbery donut-like feet. Any leads on grilles would really be appreciated.