Originally Posted by jfklennon
I have REF A/V's and Strada. A/V's are a much better overall speaker, better mid bass, less harsh highs, more natural sound. The Strada specs are way off also, a first for Gallo.
I think your just listening to the sound of your receiver. Seems the Stradas are more revealing so perhaps not the best choice for source equipment that's not nastiness free.
Though I wonder why AG didn't release a Strada version with the two extra 4 inch units to bolster the bass / low mid.
I changed to another silver wire interconnect this year and the sound was not a nice listen, harsh and thin, and started to wonder if the Stradas were partly to blame. I realised I had the wire in the wrong way around and the balance was better the other way. Then I changed the RCA plugs to Eichmann copper and that was a lot smoother (ie harshness, thickness, muddle pared out) and a much nicer listen.
A person just has to find something to give the right tonal balance.
I took the Eichmann'd cable over to a friend with a brightish high end system in a 25 x 15 foot live room with a glass wall (wall to wall floor to ceiling windows) at the listening end. We tried it against the 5 expensive interconnects he had at the time. The Acoustic Zen being the most expensive and also was the one that gave the best tonal balance for him. Fuller, warmer, dull top. Just what he needed, giving an easy, emotionally engaging, unfatiguing listen. My cable was more open, revealing, detail was great, a nice listen and the best really if we could have given it a tone control to turn down the top and turn up the bottom. He could fit a lot of carpet, including the walls, and big thick curtains over the glass. But he won't so the cable is his tone control and is partly why people pay so much for it.