The InRoom Silver LCR is $850, and as of February 15th the InRoom Gold LCR is $1,850, so there's a thousand bucks difference per unit. Triad's margins on the two products are almost the same, which indicates how much more goes into a Gold LCR. The enclosure alone costs us about the same as the entire Silver LCR. The drivers are much more expensive, the shipping carton costs more, freight is more than twice as much, and the crossovers are pricey. Within each price category, I'll put them up against any other LCRs for sound and build quality, but they are not the same animals. In fact, in my own A/B comparison between the Gold LCR and the $3,400 Gold Monitor, the Gold LCR lost, but it was closer than one would think. (Still, I am using Gold Monitors in my theater.)
This is not to imply that the Silver LCR is cheap. The cast-basket Peerless woofer/mid drivers, for example, are stunningly good. In fact, we use them in other products, and we're trying to design some upscale versions of those products with better drivers, and it appears we'll have to spend three times as much to achieve a significant improvement.
In an A/B using the Gold LCR and the Silver LCR, I heard a very similar family sound. When speaker products are designed with absolute accuracy as the reference, there are strong sonic similarities. The Gold LCR sounded a bit more focused with a tad more definition and analytical tightness with almost 3 dB more output capability.
Again, the other speaker brands mentioned throughout this thread are excellent, and you'll have to make the choice.
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