Originally Posted by KKM
With the Strata pricing at $2,000/pr and 3.5's at $6,000/pr the affordablility factor has jumped significantly. The value/performance proposition that made their line so attractive might detract many potential buyers. Personnally, I think they are pricing it too high and shooting themselves in the foot if indeed those will be the MSRP. They are forgetting that those who purchase a main 2-channel system often upgrade to centers and surrounds adding to increase sales overall. I am a current 3.1 owner, but if I were looking for a system today I would be considering other's since there are a lot of great system out there. Heard good things about Magnepan's new set up at the show.
Looking back one of the reasons I looked into the Gallo Ref 3s is they were considered some of the best speakers <$3k. There had better be SIGNIFICANT improvements to justify a doubling in price. A new woofer and new feet doesn't seem to justify a $3000 price increase. I wonder why no mention of a new tweeter, the Strada is using the CDT 3, why not the 3.5s?
As for the looks, I am not a fan. The metal outriggers look odd, the midrange balls look huge, and why the white woofer w/ a black/silver speaker? Nothing in my listing room is white...except me, so these definitely wouldn't work aesthetically in my room. Of course that is all opinion, but I really do like the looks of the Ref 3/3.1.
Close up shot -> here
. Why does the top mid look like it is firing up? Is this to compensate for their small height and normal positioning below ear level I wonder? Image height was one of the few complaints most reviewers agreed upon.
Oh well, I still love my 3.1s and they won't be going anywhere anytime soon.