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I now own a pair of some of the best speakers every made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#1 of 38 OFFLINE   Jesse Sharrow

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Posted March 01 2005 - 04:26 AM

So my wife works for a company called Wybron. She builds lights and color changers for theaters, and broadway stages. They built the lights that are in the fountain at the bellagio casino. But this company has something else to its credit that most people dont know.

There used to be a small, high end speaker manufacturer in colorado springs called dunlavy audio systems. Anyone who is an audiophyle should know this name. Well unfortunatly since their speakers were very expensive they went under. But wybron bought them out. So they aquired everything. Well nothing happened for about 3 years. Then my wife noticed they started bringing some boxes out that said dunlavy on them. Well long story short, they apprently made about 50 speakers to be sold to employees.

When I got home last night I walked by my wifes car in the garage. She had told me earlier that she had something I needed to bring inside. So I saw a very large box in the front seat. It said "Yellow oak". I thought to myself what is that ........ until I saw "SC-II"!!!!!!!!!! Then I remembered the model of the dunlavy speakers! I just walked into the house with my jaw dragging on the floor. It was priceless, my wife just started laughing.

It took me a little while to finally bring them in and unbox them. Wow are they awsome quality. Solid oak cabinet. All hand made. Then I saw this...

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Look at that!!!!!!!!!!! Its almost flat. That is the most amazing thing. After seeing that. I couldnt sit still long enough to bring the other speaker in from the car and sit down and listen. Well I finally did and I hooked them up. I spread them apart as far as I could, then I used my laser line to point them in a triangle at my listening position.

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Well there they are. Unfortunatly my camera is being a ..... today and wont take a good pic of the logo. But I hope you guys dont think im lying anyways.

Well the amazing thing is this....

I have worked with audio for a long time. I have heard alot of different speakers. Bostons, Martin Logans, Infinitys, JBL's, Klipsch, B&W, Swans, etc. These dunlavys are the BEST speakers I have ever heard. AND I OWN THEM!!!!!! This is amazing. Im thinking one day I will need a bigger amp. My little yamaha is doing fine for now though.

Well good day gentlemen. Im sorry I havnt been on alot, but I havnt had alot going on in my home theater. I just got some new furniture though. A new tv stand and av rack as you can see in those pics.

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Those are my new couches. Too bad the dunlavys dont match anything in the room. But I dont care! BTW thats little old me. :-D

P.S. Dunlavy + SVS = Very happy audiophile!

#2 of 38 OFFLINE   Phil Iturralde

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Posted March 01 2005 - 04:34 AM

Congrat's Jesse!

Once you raise them off the floor* on stands, you should finally hear that objectively plotted 'flat' frequency response.

*NOTE: Tom Nousaine @ S&V documented objectively that floor coupling with the speakers (floorstanding) front baffle exhibit's a 10 dB AVG. drop around 300 Hz.

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#3 of 38 OFFLINE   Jesse Sharrow

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Posted March 01 2005 - 04:36 AM

"objectively plotted"....... what does that mean? Was that sarcasm? <------Sarcasm. Posted Image LOL. Then I read the rest of the post.

What type of stands should I get? Becuase they are big and heavy.

#4 of 38 OFFLINE   Phil Iturralde

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Posted March 01 2005 - 04:43 AM

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"objectively plotted".......

No sarcasm! Objective plots are just that, ... Objective! Objective facts vs. Subjective reviews ... which is relative depending on the reviewer's taste, hearing (damage?) and sonic experience!

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What type of stands should I get? Becuase they are big and heavy.

High enough (35" - 36" tweeter height off the floor) to put those tweeter's @ ear level where you're sitting @ your new leather couch and rated to support the weight of your speakers. They can be metal or wood - depending on your budget!

Have fun!!! Posted Image
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#5 of 38 OFFLINE   JimHaskell

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Posted March 01 2005 - 05:10 AM

That's so flippin' cool!! A one of those once in a life time deals. Wow!!Posted Image

#6 of 38 OFFLINE   Jesse Sharrow

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Posted March 01 2005 - 05:12 AM

Tell me about it. My wife has been talking about this since she started working for this company 3 months ago. But she said they wouldnt be selling any. I guess she lied to suprise me! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted March 01 2005 - 05:19 AM

I've seen some very nice Dunlavys before. No wonder then went out of business, those things were taller than me!!

That's very cool man, congrats!

DEFINITELY get stands. They look to be about the same size as my speakers, and I use 26" stands. I'd get a 2ch amp for them if the Yammie has pre-outs.

Note that that chart only shows them flat from ~300Hz to 10Khz, not across the entire band. That looks more like the response of just one of the drivers.

Hey Phil, notice the tweeter surround for edge diffraction? Weren't we talking about that last week?
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Posted March 01 2005 - 05:36 AM

Jesse,

Congrats! Those are some awesome speakers your wife brought home for you. Definitely get yourself a good set of stands, getting them off the floor will make a huge difference.

I see from your pics that you have a little one to worry about. So, I recommend something like these stands. With the four tubes, you have plenty of volume to fill the stands to make them very heavy and stable so nothing gets knocked over and your daughter doesn't get hurt. They're available in several heights, just go with the one that brings the tweeters to ear level.


#9 of 38 OFFLINE   Phil Iturralde

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Posted March 01 2005 - 06:02 AM

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Hey Phil, notice the tweeter surround for edge diffraction? Weren't we talking about that last week?

Yep!!!

Here's a pic from the John E. Johnson, Jr. Product Review - Dunlavy SC-1/AV Home Theater Speakers - September, 1999 ...

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As you probably know, when sound (the waveform) comes out of one driver on the front of the enclosure, it will interact with the sound (another waveform) coming from other drivers nearby on the front of the enclosure, causing diffraction. By placing the felt pads around the tweeter, diffraction (interaction between the tweeter waveform emerging, and the mid/bass waveforms emerging) is reduced.

Like you said John, your tweeter has a small waveguide, and so if you plan to try it, place the felt outside the waveguide pattern!

Back to Jesse post ... John E. Johnson, Jr. concludes his review with ...

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In summary, the Dunlavy SC-1/AVs are really quite incredible. I don't see a big profit margin here. What I do see is a company that likes their customers to have as good a sound as the Dunlavy staff do in their own homes. There are no compromises with these speakers. Great sound. Great looks. Great price. Zero reservations.

Ya' got a great deal!!! Enjoy!

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Posted March 01 2005 - 06:27 AM

*NOTE: Tom Nousaine @ S&V documented objectively that floor coupling with the speakers (floorstanding) front baffle exhibit's a 10 dB AVG. drop around 300 Hz.


Phil, does that go for large floorstanders as well? So I need to get some spikes or something under my Adire 281's?

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Posted March 01 2005 - 06:36 AM

Lucky guy.

Are your sure they're the SCIIs? They look like the SM1s to me.

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#12 of 38 OFFLINE   Phil Iturralde

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Posted March 01 2005 - 06:49 AM

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Phil, does that go for large floorstanders as well? So I need to get some spikes or something under my Adire 281's?

Yes it does!

Actually, when Tom Nousaine started keeping and gathering record data of his speaker objective tests, ... he was the first to note what he calls the 300 Hz dip with floorstanding speakers and determined it was the interaction between the floor and speaker front baffle intersection.

Go to my S&V** speaker objective graphs website and check out the following floorstanding speaker ...

specifically ...
- Paradigm Legend
- JBL HLS 620
- Definitive Technology PROTOWER 400
- PSB Image IMAGE 4T
- Definitive Technology BP 2002TL
- Acoustic Research Hi-RES AR1

... response around the 300 Hz area. See some similarities???

Spikes should help!

**Sound & Vision Speaker Graphs scans and images reproduced on my linked webpage above with permission from SOUND & VISION - a trademark of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.

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#13 of 38 OFFLINE   AlbertD

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Posted March 01 2005 - 07:22 AM

Those look like SC-1AV's to me. I used to have three across my front soundstage in my HT system. Greatest speakers I ever had. I still have one left if you want a center channel to match...pm me.

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Posted March 01 2005 - 08:18 AM

Phil.. all I can say is your one lucky dude bud! That has to be one of the best feelings in the world especially when its such a surprise... I am feeling jealous. Contrats! They should live long and prosper... If you ever want to get rid of them let me know.. Everything in my HT/Family room is oak. I am currently using Oak Rocket 750's and the rest of their HT gear which is great but I would love to have a listen to yours especially with some good wattage behind them... Have fun you lucky stiff...
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#15 of 38 OFFLINE   Jesse Sharrow

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Posted March 01 2005 - 03:59 PM

Hey mike. Im jesse. Not phil. LOL.

They are definitly SCII's. The spec sheet says so and the boxes say so, and the speakers themselves say so. LOL. Need anymore proof?

Few things. I know I need speaker stands. Hopefully I can get them asap. I also need some nice biwire speaker cables for them. Plus one day I would like to get a bigger amp. I can tell they want more power. But my yamaha reciever is 110X7. So it works fine for now. My wife said "Hell no!" When I said they needed more power. Posted Image

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Posted March 01 2005 - 06:37 PM

I was a Dunlavy dealer for 5 years. Those are NOT SC-II's. They are either SC-I's, SC-IAV's or SM-1's. SC-II's are about 5 feet tall.

Great speaker non the less....

#17 of 38 OFFLINE   Ryan Tsang

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Posted March 01 2005 - 07:31 PM

ChuckRG is probably right.

http://www.avguide.c....y/SCII/501.jsp

#18 of 38 OFFLINE   Eric Ha

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Posted March 02 2005 - 12:24 AM

o.k. Thanks Phil. I'll give it a try.

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Posted March 02 2005 - 02:23 AM

That was real nice of your wife Jesse. Although it's a moot point now, here's a nice little tour of the Dunlavy factory and some pics. Dunlavy is a very bright and multi talented man. I believe he was the inventor of the log periodic antenna and what he knows about that, he applied to the design of the first order crossovers that his speakers were noted for.

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Posted March 02 2005 - 02:28 AM

To see a great review of your speakers you can go here and read just how great they are!

http://www.hometheat....-speakers.html


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