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I have never owned a Dunleavy speaker. I have , however, had extensive experience with these. One of my best friends, an audiophile, had the Duntech Black Knight and then the Sovereign for many years. The Dunleavy-branded speakers were the betterment of what John started with Duntech.
They were very neutral and exceptionally low in distortion, all of them , a previous poster pointed the fact that they sound alike, indeed they do more than most other brands... the differences were mostly in bass extension and clarity, the higher you went in the lineup the more powerful and clearer the bass... It could be said that there were speakers that would be their superior in some areas. I, for one found their treble lacking in "extension", far from the clarity of say, a Magnepan Ribbon, a Dynaudio Esotar or an Acapella ionic tweeter...
yet when it came to "play" music.. thes speakers were amongs the best I have heard and to these days, their midbass continue to set the standrds to my ears.. Once one has heard the authority the music is presented through a Dunleavy speaker, the impression will stay.. Very few speakers approach this sense of weight , presence and "authority" in the midbass, none I have heard, surpasses these... The closes could be the Von Shweikert and sometimes in the proper room , the Magnepan.
The issues you would have with the Dunleavy are not specific to them. Any speaker with real baass power can cause problems in inadequate rooms. They were also big, very big and plain looking ( that did not win them any favor with image-conscious audiophiles)... They were not as fussy as the Duntech in term of amplification but did require a good amount of control...
I do not know what they go for on the used market but considering how good they are... It is difficult not to be happy with these....