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Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva SE Loudspeakers & TR-3D Subwoofer Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Friday, 06 June 2014
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Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva SE Loudspeakers & TR-3D Subwoofer Review 
Set Up and Listening
Conclusion
 

The Gallo trio excelled in dynamics. Perhaps this area impressed me more than any other sub and sat combo anywhere near this price point. A genre of music I took an early liking too, but recently rediscovered is Flamenco. For dynamics, Flamenco is unmatched. I found the Gallo combo very convincing on passages that went from delicate guitar runs to explosive foot stomping and vocals. They also got the tonality of the nylon string guitar right, giving voice to Gina D'Auri's holographic and present the guitar on his exceptional Flamenco Mystico album.

A'Diva SE WhiteThe A’Diva’s and TR-3D also easily showcased well-mastered high-resolution material, like Van Morrison’s His Band And Street Choir in 192 Khz, 24-bit quality. This HDTracks download is superior to the last CD version and the Gallos really got the timbre of Morrison’s voice spot on.  The same goes for how superb Del Amitri leader Justin Currie’s voice was rendered on his brand new solo album, Lower Reaches.

Since nothing is perfect, there were a few nits to pick. None to do with sound actually. First, I wish the manual was more concise and a bit clearer concerning subwoofer set up. Secondly, the speaker terminals on the A’Diva SE will only accommodate small spades or banana plugs, so you need to choose appropriately terminated cables. That sums up my complaints. Hardly more than nuisances, considering the price of entry.

Conclusion

In six years of writing for audio, the Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva monitors are perhaps the most surprising products I have encountered, defying all expectations. Mated with a matching Gallo subwoofer -- either the TR-3D or the less expensive TR-1D -- they produce near full range, immensely satisfying sound. I became smitten with this Gallo set up, to the point where it had me questioning the whole idea speakers with multiple drivers in a box-like enclosure.

If you have around $1800 to spend, I cannot think of another speaker I would recommend over the Gallo A'Diva SE and TR-3D subwoofer (assuming you have an appropriate sized room -- a very large listening space would be a challenge). And if your space is bass friendly, the TR-1D may be enough, and save you $500. The whole system is so easy to make work in a tight space, a medium listening room, or even on a workspace. The A’Diva SEs are even available with mini stands that allow them to be put on shelves or a desktop.

For form factor, sonics, and off-the-charts value, this Gallo system is a knockout. The A’Diva SE and TR-3D get an award for being the product that most defied my expectations, considering price, size, and ultimate performance. The A’Diva SE is a $329 miracle.

Specifications



Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva SE: $329 each
Anthony Gallo Acoustics TR-3D Subwoofer: $948.50
Stands: $176 each.
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Frequency Response    80Hz to 22Khz (on wall)
100Hz to 22kHz (on stand)
Impedance    4 ohms (nominal)
Sensitivity    85 dB @2.83v / 1 Meter
Power Handling    60 watts (full range)
125 watts (X-over at 80-120Hz)
Driver    3" wide-dispersion flat diaphragm
Dimensions    5" Sphere
Cone Material    Aluminum laminated proprietary honeycomb sandwich
Enclosure Material    Steel/Stainless steel
Warranty    1 year parts and labor (5 years if product is registered within 60 days of purchase)

Review System 1


CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: Squeezebox Touch
DAC/Server:  SIM Neo 308D
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MkII
Amplifier: Audio Research VS 55. Bob Carver Black Magic, CLONES Audio 25p
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids, Darwin Truth (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Audioquest, Forest, WireWorld Ultraviolet, DH Labs USB(USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Salamander rack

Review System 2


CD Player: Marantz CD5003
Music Server: Simaudio MiND 180, Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity A90, CLONES Audio Sheva DAC, Denon DA-300USB
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600, Roksan Kandy A2 B2
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB,  DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Transparent MusicWave (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold, KECES XPS







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