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Vol. 9, No. 1 Spring/Summer, 2006



NEW PRODUCTS

Anthony Gallo

Gallo Reference 3.1 loudspeakerAnyone who's been reading our newsletter and bulletins for the last year or so will be familiar with the extremely high regard which we and many others in the high-end audio industry have for the Gallo Reference 3 loudspeakers. Now those loudspeakers have gotten even better with the release of the Reference 3.1. The new model ($2,999 per pair) has several improvements over its predecessor, including (1) improved midrange drivers that use a neodymium magnet and a better mounting technique for improved efficiency, midrange detail and transient response, (2) all-new metallized polypropylene capacitors that offer improved dynamics and low-level information, and (3) elimination of the tweeter level switch to ensure even greater coherency and high-frequency purity. Considering the accolades that the original model has received in the press, it's hard to believe that the 3.1 could really be that much better, but it is.

gallo Reference SA subwoofer power amplifierA unique feature of the Reference 3 and 3.1 models is the woofer's second voice coil which can be driven by a second “subwoofer” amplifier to extend the loudspeaker's response down to about 24 Hz. Gallo has finally released their long-awaited Reference 3 SA “subwoofer” amplifier for exactly this purpose. In addition to being a fine sounding amplifier at a very reasonable price ($900), it also has a number of specialized features that allow it to be adjusted for optimal results with this or any other passive subwoofer. These adjustments include continuous phase adjustment, crossover frequency, and level controls for each channel. Anyone who owns a pair of Reference 3 or 3.1 loudspeakers really ought to consider adding a Reference 3 SA. It absolutely transforms the sound of this product.

Gallo Reference AV loudspeakerIn this age where many people are mounting flat panel plasmas and LCD displays on their walls, Gallo wanted to offer a sophisticated and high-end audio solution for such home theater systems that would save these users from the mediocre sound quality of almost all other wall-mounted loudspeakers. Thus, enter the new Reference AV lineup. It consists of two models, the Reference AV and the Reference Center, all at $1,200 each. As the names imply, the first is a vertical array that can be mounted to either side of a flat panel monitor and which can also be used as rear or side loudspeakers. The Reference Center is a horizontal array which is designed to be mounted below or above the video display. Both models use the same midrange and tweeter drivers as the Reference 3.1. This means that they offer the same extraordinary sound quality and can be used by themselves in a multi-channel system or can be combined with the Reference 3.1 loudspeakers. So, you might have a system with two Reference 3.1s and a Reference Center in the front and two Reference AVs in the back. Another configuration could be two Reference AVs and a Reference Center in the front and two Reference AVs in the back. Or, for someone who is committed to two-channel sound but doesn't have room for the Reference 3.1s, two of the Reference AVs and a subwoofer would be an excellent, high-end solution. Also, for situations where wall mounting is not an option, there are stands available for both the Reference AVs and the Reference Center.

Gallo Reference Center loudspeaker


gallo A'Diva Ti loudspeaker
With the incredible success of their Reference series, Gallo decided to revisit their original Nucleus Micro and A'diva round loudspeakers to see if they could enhance their performance to approach that of the Reference series more closely. This was accomplished with the introduction of the Nucleus Micro Ti and A'diva Ti models. Both use a new driver, a clever combination of titanium metal and natural fibers, which enables self-damping while extending frequency response to a full 22kHz. The Micro Ti and A'diva Ti sell for $400 and $550 per pair, respectively.



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