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Thanks for all the feedback.
I started out wanting 3.7i's but haven't found a pair locally. The 3.6r's sold on Monday, figure they weren't meant to be.
For now I am just gonna keep my ears open. Will most likely plan an overnight trip to Seattle or Portland to audition whatever I can find at the time. Perhaps the Dunlevy will still be an option, but we'll see
Part of me has been thinking what I'm experiencing will become the norm moving forward as more things are only available online. Since audio is so subjective and personal how can we find the right fit when all the shops have closed? Can only tell so much from a review and hearing a speaker on Utube over my computer just leaves me dazed. Not expecting an answer, just reflecting
Can’t go wrong with either and you’ve got the space. I almost bought the IVs at one point so understand why you like them. Personally, moving the Dunlavy’s around would be a chore, and it doesn’t sound like your wife will volunteer to help!
Another pair of 3.6s will appear. I’m biased. I’ve owned Maggies for about 40 years. I love my current 3.6s. I’ve modified and amped them beyond anything most people would think possible, but you don’t have to go that way to really enjoy them.
Years ago I heard the Dunlavy SC IV. It was so wonderful that it brought tears to my eyes. I love the full range and dynamics they deliver. I LOVED them. at that time I owned TDL Reference speakers which were also transmission line cabinets. I lusted after the SC IVs, but was never in a position to buy them.
I say keep watching for the speakers you want, rather than jump on something (because it is close by) you will not want or regret a year from now. (just to mention, you should ask how old the Magnepan 3.6 for sale are. As that model was made for 12 years... I bought mine a few months before Magnepan announced the 3.7 and mine are now almost 8 years old. So some Magnepan 3.6 are 20 years old.)
I have found several great things which are relatively rare by being patient and watching the ads on the goN’ .
The big plus for two of them was they weighed a ton, and they were close enough to go pick up (100miles)
doit, I hope you appreciate how much space may be required for either speaker to perform at its best. I owned Duntech Princesses, older sibling to the DAL SC-IV, and a couple Maggies, although not the 3.6.
The SC-IV can sound great with a 10-12' separation, probably 8' would be minimum for the speaker's soundstage potential. But they should also have at least 3' to the sidewalls. And smoothest bass will be realized at least 3' out from the front wall (but not the same distance as from sidewalls). I talked with John Dunlavy a few times at shows and he always demoed his speakers with wide separation and good distances from adjacent walls.
The 3.6, being a dipole design, requires at least 5' distance from the front wall to achieve the recommended 10 mili-second delay between direct and reflected sound for optimum clarity. It may be possible to place them closer but either diffraction or absorption will be required behind them on the front wall to simulate that distance. Fortunately sidewall distance is not critical.
Otherwise, the SC-IV can sound spacious when set up correctly, but not like the Maggies. And while I've heard reasonable bass from the 3.6 it won't compare to the SC-IV.
Individual choice is always personal so I hope this all can help your decision.