I have been a DCM fan for a while but until this weekend have never heard any version of the Time Windows. I picked up this pair at what seemed to be a fair price (current prices for these on E-bay are all over the place from $100 to $400) at $130. Normally i would say plus travel but this time it worked out that my wife and I were taking our girls to an exhibit right down the road from where I met the seller. So the travel worked out as a plus towards the purchase.
Anyway, on to the details. The cabinets are in good shape with the original foam covers in pretty good shape as well with nothing more than tiny pits in the foam. The wood top and bottom plates leave something to be desired with the stains on them. However, even the wood is not chipped or dented, etc. Only bad to the eye but not to the touch. Consecutive serial #'s, all original drivers in great shape, the drivers all have matching factory markings and show no signs of ever being replaced or tampered with. I believe I can sand and re-stain the wood, clean the cabinets and foam well and turn the foams inside out where they are perfect, and have a beautiful pair of Time Windows. In fact I have stain left over from the SRS restoration/ rebuild.
Next, for the very bad points. These look as if they will be horrible to take apart. Everything looks to be glued together. I see no way to easily remove the wood. The speakers even appear to have a good bit of glue around them and even the screw heads on the mid/ bass drivers. The only thing easy to remove on these is the foam covers.
Now the sound; AMAZING, better than any other speaker I own besides maybe the SDA 2A's (At least from the listening I have done so far). Though not the deep, wide sound-stage of any of the SDA's, much better than most other speakers I have heard. Right up there with the open baffle Infinities and 180 degree Mirage's, they seem to fill the room with sound. The full spectrum detail is much better than any of the SDA's (please note that none of mine currently have the RDO's so I can't compare to speakers using those). Less bass than the SDA's but seemingly just as deep. All this with what i assume to be the original crossover components. I am sure recapping and new resistors will improve the sound dramatically, but I want to get some more listening in first. Since these are so hard to dismantle, I want to be ready to restore them completely when they come apart for anything.