Originally Posted by Allen Fleener
I did a lot of homework and found that the Vandersteen line was the equal or better of Dunlavy and much less $$$$/ pair and far more room friendly. IMO Vandersteens are much more refined and detailed with one exception. They are not as efficient as Dunlavy's.
In a big room I would prefer the Dunlavy but that would be near ballroom size. Not something you run into too often.
Vandersteen cabinets are much better constructed than any Dunlavy ever was. Vandersteens also use some of the best speaker driver design in the world. Soon the patents will expire and you will see his technology in a lot of speakers.
IMO these are the only two speaker brands I would own. Time and phase perfect designs are second to none and others who try are far too bright for my taste.Thiel comes to mind.
I too, was a Dunlavy dealer for 5 years and I disagree about two things: I have yet to hear a pair of Vandersteens (have not heard the new $40,000 speakers) that was the equal of the larger Dunlavys. Good speaker but (IMHO) not the equal and certainly not better.
As to the space needs of the Dunlavy's, yes larger rooms are better but that holds for most large speakers, including the Vanersteens. Your suggestion that they needed a ballroom sized space is simply inaccurate. None of my customers had HUGE rooms and we had some fantastic results. One, whose room is about 18 feet wide and 23 feet long (not exactly ballroom size) is the best sounding audio system I have ever heard. He has my old pair of SC-VI's and they are flat to 15Hz with NO EQ of any kind.
I also had discussions with John and Joan about purchasing the company. The primary issue (for me) was that Dunlavy Audio without John Dunlavy's engineering expertise, was just another also-ran speaker company, so I passed.