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I am just replaced my KEF Q70's with Gallo Strada's. I am running them with a B&K ref 50pre amp and a B&K 200.5 amp. I am not getting the sound I was hoping for. I let them break in for 100+ hours and tried to adjust the B&K. I did not audition them as no where had them locally, but reading all of the OMG reviews I decided that sight unseen they would be the speakers for me. They are in a big room but I thought 200 watts would be more then plenty of power. It is like they need to open up acoustically. Not sure.


Any idea on what I should set the crossover at etc.

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I recently got a pair of ref 3.5 and am thrilled to bits. I have the center on order. What do you find lacking? Personally I would get the L/R off the wall and into the room. If you want he on the wall and that high up you may be making some compromises. I would think you would want the crossover higher than normal, 100-120 Hz at least.
 

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I will try both recommendations. I also will set the crossover. I just feel like they need to open up. Like they are missing punch- not bass, but presence.

Thanks for your response!
 

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if you have them on the wall, which I think is a viable placement option, you might at least want to tilt them downwards towards the listening position. Your comments echo why I went with the Ref 3.5 as opposed to the simple Stradas. I was concerned that the two 4" woofers wouldn't provide enough mid-bass punch. with the ref 3.5 the 10" woofer does not have a crossover but naturally rolls off at around 500 hz. I also have them crossed over at 80 hz to a pair of subs.


what really characterizes the sound to me is the way drums sound. Lots of impact and a very unique and natural sound. Music is very percussion driven with the Ref 3.5. Plenty of detail, but perhaps not quite as in your face as from the Volent paragon VL-2 that I used to have with it's twin ribbon, but the detail is still there and very musical. Left and right motion is also very good and I get a huge soundstage in the room. I am driving them with an AVA U70 tube amp so i only have 35 watts a channel on tap, but plenty of dynamics.


Best of luck, I think these are fine speakers and you just need to find the right spots for them.
 

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You had me at Tube Amp. I bet that sounds beautiful. Tilting does seem like the next step. angling them to listening level will hopefully do the trick.


I will let you know my results

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You are a GENUIS!!! What a difference with them angled towards the listening area. It is like a good bottle of cab opened up and is full flavor now.

WOW they sound so much better. The definition and sound stage are VASTLY improved. Thank you!
 

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Um, genius, no.
You will get better bass reinforcement with them mounted on the wall. The tweeters have VERY wide lateral dispersion but limited vertical dispersion. The AVA u-70 is a very nice match for the Gallos. I would consider changing just about anything in my system, including the Gallos I suppose, but not the tube amp.




but I am very happy with my Gallo ref 3.5 and am glad that I was able to be of assistance. Enjoy!
 
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