HI guys, new here. Just picked up a pair of Reference 3.5s for $2,900.00, a nice sale! They are still breaking in. My quick story. I have had a pair of Infinity IM 4.5 for 7 years. They were wonderful in many ways, but just lacking in transparency, so much so that I really didn't enjoy classical music with them. moved them to the rear and picked up a pair of Volent Paragon VL-2. I really enjoyed those speakers in many ways. Incredible, see all the way through to the back transparency and detail. Incredible detail. Very nice! However, just a touch of midrange hardness at times and did not throw a soundstage out into the room like the Infinities. One of the things that the Infinities did very well was project a nice bubble of sound out into the room. Wall to wall. The Volents just did not do that. Once you have experienced it you really can't live without it. With regrets i sold the Volents and thought I was buying a pair of Audio Physic Sitara 25s which i thought would give me the bubble things. Well, they were mislisted and were simply the Sitaras. I hooked them up and really didn't think they were anything special. Back they went for a full refund. At the same time I found the Gallo Reference 3.5 on line for a very attractive price and after reading about them decided these were the speakers meant for me.
I have a fairly short and wide room. I am about 8 feet from the speakers and they have a good 10 feet to either side of them. I have a Denon AVR100 surround receiver that I use as a pre-amp and a Van Alstine U70 tube amp to drive the Gallos. I cross them over at 80hz to a pair of VMPS smaller subs driven with 250 watts each.
Speakers are still breaking in, I have maybe 50-60 hours on them. I love how they project the soundstage into the room, guitars and voices really float in front of you. Bass tone and detail are also stronger then the Volents. I have the Gallos tilted up slightly with spikes on the front of 18"X18" stone platforms and haven't taken the plastic off the squishy base stuff yet. Love the U70 with the Gallos, well, with anything really. Audioquest CV-8 and colorado interconnects.
Detail and absolute resolution don't seem to be up to par with the Volents, not quite the level of soundstage depth and reverb decay that I got with them. Is this going to improve slightly as they break in? I am very happy with the trade-offs that I have made, the Gallos are by far the more musically involving speakers, but still miss that detail every now and then. Of course, it could be part of my poor aural memory and a slight twinge of sellers remorse.
Finally, so some new Gallos coming out? Am I going to be kicking myself?
The improvements in the Strada 2 seem to be more aimed at desk top use, I like the fact that the 10" woofer provides some mid bass support to the 4" drivers, subs and strada won't do that.
Looking forward to chatting about the Reference 3.5. That tweeter is really something!