I'm a relatively new Dunlavy owner. After owning a pair of B&W 802 S3 for the past 18 years I decided I wanted to try something else. I live in Cedar Rapids, IA and drove to Barrington, IL late this past summer to look at what was advertised as a pair of SC-IV/A in excellent condition. Turned out they were low serial number IVs with plenty of nicks and dings and one had a bad case of sun fading so I passed on them. I was so disappointed that they weren't /As and at wasting 8 hours driving and $75 in fuel for nothing.
I got back home late that afternoon a pair of SC-IIIs had popped up on FB Marketplace 100 miles West of me in Bondurant, IA . It took several weeks before our schedules aligned but I finally made the trip to check them out. I wasn't too impressed with them in his living room but the more I listened and moved around to different positions I knew it had to be his room, not the speakers. I just knew that so many people couldn't be wrong about how good they sound so I took a chance and paid $1200 for them. It took 2 or 3 weeks before I finally had time to set them up but was immediately impressed. They definitely need to be used with subs and I have a pair of B&W ASW600s that do a good job with them.
A couple months later I found a nice pair of SC-IVs on Audiogon in Fenton, MO. Another guy was interested in them too so I took another chance and paid $1650 for them with PayPal before I even saw them so the other guy didn't beat me to them. I drove down the next day to check them out and they were in beautiful shape with high serial numbers (842-A/B) so I loaded them up and took them home. I moved the SC-IIIs and put the IVs in the same spots and have been in love with them ever since. I also use my B&W ASW600 subs with them. I can't ever see myself replacing them unless I found the right deal on a pair of SC-IV/As or Vs.
My only regret is not owning a pair of Dunlavy's years earlier! I'm constantly impressed by how great they sound and how well they do everything right.
- Hello-I am looking at 2 pair of Dunlavy speakers- One is a IVA in mint condition from a local seller- the other is a V up at goodwins in boston- but looking at the pics on agon the body looks beat up-
should I be concerned about the use if the frame is beat up seems more than the usual delamination of the dunlavy's- Is the V that much better for around the same price or is the 4a good enough- thanks
I'd love to see some pictures and descriptions of your upgrades.I had a SC-V for three years (1995-1998), and then purchased a SC-VI (1998) which I still use (with lots of mods). I heard a SC-IVa at a dealer. IMHO, If you have a decent size room, the SC-V is much better than the SC-IVa. What matters in terms of sound is that the drivers be in good condition.
VPN- Hi- so I just got the V's home- In person they actually looked great outside of the veneer having some ripples but all the drivers are perfect- Do you still feel the upgrade to the Seas tweeter is worth the $$$ and how difficult is it to install as I am not a carpenter--any other EASY upgrades you would rec. without taking apart the speakers- thks
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