Join Date: May 2003
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One of the things I've noticed in this thread is a lack of knowledge/understanding of Gallo's growth/development in the speaker industry. When Anthony started in the early/mid '90s he was a tiny operation trying to crack into "High-End". His offerings were the CDT topped Solo and Reference at ~$2,500 and ~$3,500 respectively. Then later in the '90s, the version 2 of those were released and the prices increased ~$500. These speakers were reviewed as well as, if not better than, the current Reference series, but not as broadly. Anthony Gallo Acoustics was a much smaller operation back then, so money, connections, and distribution, were all lacking. Then someone thought that Anthony was on to something, so they took Anthony and put some $$ behind him and had him alter his direction. The CDT topped Nucleus Solo and Reference were retired and the Nucleus Micro was released. This was the birth of AGA as we know it today. They sold a ton of Micro systems, and made good on the investments that were put behind Anthony and his ideas. Now, Anthony, with a larger more successful company behind him, is heading back to where he began. He wants to provide "High-End" performance at more reasonable prices. I haven't heard the new Reference 5LS or Reference 3.5, but I imagine that Anthony feels he has products far superior to the others at their price points. While $6k and $20K speakers may sound insanely expensive to most, those price points are still "entry-level" in the "High-End" market.
So much media, so little time...
Oppo BDP-83 > Emotiva UMC-200 > Audio Alchemy OM-150 Dual Mono > Gallo Reference 3.5
_____________________________ > Audio Alchemy OM-150 > Gallo Strada