Originally Posted by BllDo
how do you like your new Bronze?
Sorry I just noticed this one -- I'm loving them! As amblinfan noted above, these speakers have astonishing clarity and detail. They're capable of playing as loud as I want them to go in my room with power and dynamic punch. Unfortunately they also expose my other speakers as being weaker performers
I'm definitely glad I was patient and held out for Bronze LCRs. I almost jumped a couple of times on lesser options (e.g. a trio of Mini LCR's sort of local to me off Craigslist, or something like Bronze or Silver Sats). Ironically, after all my waiting, now there's Bronze LCR's everywhere -- in addition to the three I bought off eBay, there's yours of course, plus another seller on eBay selling a trio, and then another seller on eBay who has three more Bronze LCR's as individual items.
While I'm a beneficiary, it's somewhat shocking to me how poor the resale value is on these older Triads. The other seller I noted has the trio listed at $300+shipping and he got zero bids on his first try and still has zero bids on the relisting. The second one with individuals has them listed at $110-120 each + shipping (or best offer) and has had to relist them too. Now, some of them are a little roughed up cosmetically, but it's just ridiculous that you can get speakers of that quality for $100 a pop! I'm actually tempted to pick up one of the singles to give me a perfectly matched trio up front (one of the Bronze LCR's I got was a slightly older version ~2004 with the cloth grill).... and maybe keep the spare around for parts in case I blow a driver (since Triad has told me it may be hard to find those discontinued Vifa/Peerless units).
The one caveat is that while I'm hugely appreciative of their linearity, clarity and dynamics for HT use, I'm still struggling a bit trying to find good settings for music. My previous speakers were Energy RC's, which were well known for being smooth and "laid back"... they had this really luscious, liquid sound that was phenomenal with acoustic instruments, female vocals etc. The downside to that "laid back" sound was that they could sound a bit recessed/congested with complex material and powerful movie dynamics, and the Bronze LCR's crush them in that respect... but the flip side is that the Triads are so clear and linear that they sound a bit forward/bright to me with music. Some of it is probably just my need to adjust, some of it is finding the right mic positions to make Audyssey happy with them, some of it will come when I add some treatments to soften up the room acoustics.