Originally Posted by jackierogersjr ANY SUGGESTED SYSTEMS SET UP FOR 3.5s?Hi -
Can anyone give a suggested set up/configuration for the Reference 3.5s? I'm starting from scratch and I am starting with the speakers. I need a full systems set up, including (i) amplifier, (ii) subwoofer, (iii) source - CD and Digital Files, etc......
I want to have 5.1, so I will likely purchase other Anthony Gallo speakers (likely the Stradas), but will likely seek another brand for a Subwoofer (i.e., not the TR-1D).
I am in a room that is 700 square feet, and listen to mostly Psychadelic Trance music (which is a form of techno - but with a significant range of highs and lows - with ranges/sounds like Pink Floyd or Jimi Hendrix if they released tracks in 2013 set to a techno-like beat and bass frequencies) - so I need to have a well timed Subwoofer with the 3.5s. Also, I will use it for home theater. I prefer not to purchase Mckintosh, or other tube amps if I can avoid it, but would rather go solid state. I might also get the Reference 3 SA Amp.
My budget is $25K to $30K for the system, not including the Reference 3.5s. Would love to get some suggested set ups. I have looked through this thread but I can't seem to find any general agreement on what amps, subwoofers, sources, and any other components, etc... work best with the 3.5s.
I listen to more Psychedelic Chill-out, Jazz/ Acoustic, Electro and Dub-step than Trance, but Trance on a multi-channel Gallo setup lives up to its name, with startling dynamics and a boundless, reverberant, holographic surround sound stage. Gallo speakers, barring the Reference 5LS, just don't go stupid loud, (above Dolby Reference Level) so the more channels you have, the more relaxed they will sound, so long as you're not a strict stereophile for music. You might be able to squeeze 11.2 channels into that budget and space; I'd go for at least 9.2, (7.2+ height) so a flagship 11.2 channel pre-amp with Audyssey XT32 like the Marantz AV8801
is in order. Audyssey can fill the upper midrange dip on these, at the expense of some ultimate headroom. The Strada 2
are reportedly now 3dB more sensitive, a welcome asset in a larger listening environment. If you want height speakers, consider vertically oriented Strada Centers for better vertical dispersion, unless your listening area will be very wide. A boomy sub with tuneless, overly rounded mid-bass will immediately call the wrong kind of attention to itself with Gallo speakers, so I like the Strada paired with Rythmik DirectServo
Subs which are very clean, quick and smart; you can "see" into the bass like you can on the Reference 3.5. They never sound thick, they make it seem as if my mains have suddenly developed well extended bass, more like great headphone bass than a sub, they have musical midbass (important for Gallo speaker integration) and are -2dB @ 14Hz. One Rythmik F15HP can attain Dolby Reference Level, but you'll probably need at least two to really control that listening room and reserve the option to cross the Stradas high, (120Hz+) bypassing the sub's crossover, as these speakers don't have very much output below 100Hz. If you want a slightly thicker sounding sub, check out the ported Rythmik FV15HP
or sealed Seaton Submersive
. Two Submersives will absolutely threaten your foundation, yet still deliver tight, percussive, tactile bass.
Stradas are rated at 150W, likely so as not to offend potential customers with AV receivers, but they have been known to send a 145W per channel THX Ultra2 rated AV receiver into protect mode at anything over 100dB so get at least 250W for the surround/ wide/ height and 500W for the mains, the front three, the main five or even all channels. You could get two pairs of Reference 3.5 for L,R,RS,LS and couple those with 1KW monoblocks or a 500Wx4 multi-channel amp, powering the remaining Strada channels with a 500 or 250Wx7. Anthony Gallo prefers Spectron
Class D amps for their pristine, powerful sound, but a Spectron multi-channel amp
would blow half your budget. Class D works well with Gallo speakers, so I'd go with D-Sonic M2 amps
, which are available in up to 7 channels, communicate dynamic, naturally open sonics, and represent a great bargain.
This stuff is going to pull like 80 Amps, so some electrical upgrades might be wise. You might also want at least one of these
.Edited by tronic307 - 1/9/13 at 11:05am