Okay, here's what I know about the CR1 so far. It won't be out this year, and beyond that, I know nothing about an introduction date. Pricing is still up in the air, but it appears that in basic black with the stand it will be around $13,500 each. I would expect the veneer to add at least $1,000-$1,500, and the optional veneer to the horn is another $1,000. The speaker is extremely labor-intensive to build, and requires almost a full day on the CNC router. The HF driver is, in fact, based upon the air-motion transformer, which, technically, is still a ribbon. It's a superb driver. The horn enhances midrange output and power handling, and is functional, as it is on the Platinum LCR. The speaker uses two pro 8" drivers for midrange, and a pro 15" driver for mid and upper bass. Pro drivers trade extension for sensitivity, so, despite the 15" driver's size, it's probably 3 dB down at 70 Hz. This is an LCR, though, so the discussion is moot. I don't have any test data, and at this early stage, it would change, anyway. I am told sensitivity is 98 dB, so this is a FLAMETHROWER. Finally, there is a speaker around the corner that will cause me to consider selling my 9-year-old Gold Monitors. Please don't pummel me with questions, because I just told you everything I know, and waterboarding me will just make me lie to make you stop.
Darryl B. Morticome.