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Setting up the CLS-10 was pretty straight forward. The McIntosh MA6600 has two sets of high level outputs, and I was able to run a pair of 2M length Transparent interconnects into the stereo high level inputs of the sub. I spend a few days dialing in the correct level to try to blend the CL-1’s with the CLS-10. It is important to get a seamless integration so the sub cannot be localized sonically and low frequencies seem to be omnidirectional. Once I was happy with the blend, the sub and monitors really were an excellent combination.
The stunning new album from Dead Can Dance, their first in many years, Anastasis, has plenty of deep bass content, and is well recorded. The Gallo combo filled the room with great imaging, depth, and weight. The same applies to several of the great Mark Lanegan’s albums, including Bubblegum, and this year’s Blues Funeral. Both are laced with sinister, floor shaking bass lines that were served well.
The Anthony Gallo Acoustics Classico CL-1 monitors are a steal at $247.50 each. They offer standard setting resolution and dimensionality at this price point. They created the widest soundstage I have heard from monitors this size. Bar none. They are not perfect, however. I have heard other monitors offer bigger sounding and more powerful bass. That is where the CLS-10 powered subwoofer comes in. It plumbs the depth with authority, offers extreme flexibility in setup options, and is easy to integrate. At $699 it is very well made, and attractive.
Anthony Gallo Acoustics, known for unique speaker technology and proprietary designs, took a big chance designing a line of “traditional” looking speakers. But even box-like enclosures and cabinets are approached with a different spin. The CL-1 is a little marvel, and I would be curious to see how the higher up models, with CDT cylindrical “wide array” tweeters, perform. As a nice bonus, the Classico line is attractive and very well made. Their high efficiency makes the Classico line a good choice for a complete surround system as well in my opinion.
I am guessing that to keep prices reasonable and value proposition high, the Classico line is only sold direct from the Gallo U.S. website. There is free shipping to the continental US, with a 60-day in-home audition, and a no questions asked return policy. Sounds pretty generous to me. Gallo is a well-established company that has earned respect from reviewers and customers alike. My first experience with a Gallo setup has been very positive. I highly recommend an audition. My guess is that very few, if any, who take advantage of their offer return the speakers. Nicely done, Anthony Gallo.
Anthony Gallo Classico CL-1: $247.50 per speaker
Frequency Response 39 Hz – 22 kHz ±3 dB in-room
Impedance 4 Ohms, nominal
Sensitivity 90 dB at 2.83 volts, 1 meter
Tweeter 1-inch soft fabric dome, fluid cooled
Woofer One 5.25-inch moving coil polymer damped carbon fiber
Enclosure Type BLAST Transmission Line using patented S2 bass loading
Enclosure Composition 3/4-inch internally braced MDF
Finishes Genuine cherry or ash veneers, dark cherry or black ash finish
Connections Custom Gallo 5-way gold-plated binding posts
Dimensions Width: 7.0 in. (17.8 cm)
Height: 13.4 in. (34.0 cm)
Depth: 9.0 in. (22.8 cm)
Weight 12.5 lbs. (5.7 kg)
Anthony Gallo Classico CLS-10 Subwoofer: $699
Driver: Custom long-throw Front Firing 10 inch ceramic-coated aluminum cone driver, augmented by a rear placed horizontal port, using a BLAST design. The driver is titled up by about 25 degrees.
Frequency Response: 19Hz to 200Hz
Phase: 0 or 180 degrees.
Amplifier Type: Class D
Amplifier Power Output: 600 watts RMS/1,000 Watts Peak
Crossover Frequency: Variable 50Hz to 200Hz
Power On/Off: Off/On/Auto On
Dimensions: (HWD) 15.5 in x 12 in x 15.25 in.
Weight: 39 lb (7.8 kg)
CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: Squeezebox Touch w/ CIA VDC-SB power supply
via Ethernet to MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate
DAC: Bryston BDA-1
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60,
Preamp: Audio Research SP16, Densen B-200
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Densen B310
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables: Stager Silver Solids, Kimber KCTG (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, Belkin Gold (USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner,Salamander rack
CD Player: Marantz 5003
Music Server: Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity V-DAC II
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh MA6600
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Kimber Hero HB, DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Genisis Silver Spiral (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Pangea Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold