Bookshelf Speakers

Anthony Gallo Acoustics Reference Strada Speakers and TR3 Subwoofer

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Anthony Gallo Acoustics Reference Strada Loudspeaker and TR3 Subwoofer

Introduction

Anthony Gallo Acoustics has been known for many years to make very unique, high performance loudspeakers that can deliver world-class performance at reasonable prices and in everyday rooms. I was so impressed with their Reference 3.1 speakers when I reviewed them in 2007 that I bought the review pair. In the past several months, Gallo has significantly upgraded their reference line. The Reference 3.1 has just been replaced with the much more expensive Reference 3.5, but a new speaker system has taken up a new position in the Gallo line at a price point very close to the old Reference 3.1. The Reference Stradas are small, monitor speakers that can be stand mounted, or used with "bookshelf" stands or wall mounts. When combined with the new, 300W TR-3 subwoofer, the system seems to match the specifications of the old Reference 3.1 at a similar price, but in a sub-satellite package. The question is, how do they compare to the excellent Reference 3.1s?

Specifications

  • Strada Speakers
  • Design: Two-Way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One Cylindrical Diaphragm Tweeter, Two 4" Woofers
  • MFR (In-Room): 45 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB/W/M
  • Power Handling: 10 - 150 Watts RMS
  • Connections: Five-way Gold-plated Binding Posts
  • Dimensions: 13.5" H x 5" W x 7.5" D
  • Weight: 11.4 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $999/each USA; Floor Stands $450/pair USA
  • TR3 Subwoofer
  • Design: Sealed Steel Enclosure
  • Driver: 10" Aluminum
  • MFR: 22 Hz - 180 Hz
  • Power Amplifier: 300 Watts RMS, Class AB
  • Phase: Two-position Toggle Switch - 00 or 1800
  • Low Pass : 50 to 180 Hz, Continuously Variable
  • High Pass: 80 Hz Fixed, Only on High-level Output
  • Bass EQ: 0, +3 dB, +6 dB
  • Power On/Off: Three-way Toggle
  • Connections: Line-level RCA, Speaker-level Binding Posts
  • Dimensions: 12" H x 10.75" W x 13.5" D
  • Weight: 36 Pounds
  • Available Finishes: Black or Platinum
  • MSRP: $984.50 USA
  • Total System MSRP: $3432.50 USA