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Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Reference 3.1 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 April 2006
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Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Reference 3.1 Loudspeakers
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At $2,995, it is really difficult to find fault with the Gallo Nucleus Reference 3.1 loudspeakers, as they deliver a music listening experience that is way beyond their price. While I really dug the look of these speakers with their grilles on in my home, I could not fault anyone who was less enthused by their aesthetics. It simply comes down to a matter of taste. Some more stodgy audio enthusiasts may gripe that Gallo Acoustics should have manufactured the Reference 3.1s to be bi-wireable, but this certainly would increase their price and make them less appealing to a broader range of consumers, so I would be hesitant to agree with anyone making this criticism. Finally, I think it would be great if Gallo offered the Reference 3.1s in more dynamic colors, as they do with their satellite product lines. If Gallo is going to design and manufacture a modern-looking product, they ought to go all the way. In the right decor I can envision these speakers looking amazing in Ferrari Rosa Forte or Fly Yellow.

If you are in the market for speakers in the under-$5,000 price category, you would be making a serious mistake not to audition the Nucleus Reference 3.1 loudspeakers at only $2,995. I believe any discriminating home theater or audio enthusiast will be wowed by the dynamic and outstanding sound of Gallo’s flagship product. While the look of the Reference 3.1s are clearly not for everybody, their superior build quality and amazing sound alone makes them top of their class and one of the most compelling values on the market today. I am sorry that I did not have the opportunity to audition Gallo’s matching Nucleus Reference AV Multimedia or AV Center Channel speakers, but I did watch some HDTV and DVD movies with the Reference 3.1s and quickly concluded that these speakers are competent enough for serious movie watchers looking to build a first-rate home theater. The tweeter and midrange driver technologies in the AV Multimedia and AV Center Channel speakers are the same as those found in the Reference 3.1s.

I really enjoyed my time with the Reference 3.1 loudspeakers and will be sad to return them to Gallo. The Reference 3.1s are an outstanding achievement for the money and, despite that it is only February, I am already confident that they are worthy of being selected to appear on's Top 100 Products of the Year list.

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