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Sunday, 01 October 2006
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Anthony Gallo Acoustics Reference AV On-wall Speaker System
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The Downside
No speaker is perfect and, while the Reference AVs and TR-2 subwoofer made for a great combination, there were a few elements that made me take note. First, the Reference AV’s off-axis response in a stereo set-up, like electrostatics, is a little bit finicky. The dispersion laterally is excellent, but its vertical dispersion, mainly the tweeter, is less than stellar. Mounting the speakers with the tweeter as close to ear level as possible is a must and will reward you in spades.

Next was the mounting procedure itself. The Reference AV system is an ingenious design through and through. However, mounting can still be a bit tricky. As with all on-wall speakers, use caution when placing them in your room. I know that Gallo provides the necessary mounting hardware for their speakers, but I would recommend taking a trip to your hardware store for some beefier anchors. Better yet, any Gallo dealer can install such a high-performance speaker for you. In fact, the dealer likely even knows a handyman who can patch any drywall and/or touch up the paint on your walls before you make it home from work.

With a package price of $6,700.00 for five matching Reference AV speakers and a single TR-2 subwoofer, the latest offering from Gallo isn’t cheap. Then again, they don’t sound cheap, nor do they look cheap. They are reference speakers that live up to their name in every sense of the word and do so with such ease and grace that you’ll probably never question the need for more. The Reference AVs are very revealing and somewhat unforgiving of bad source material and/or components but, provided you have the proper toys, they could quite possibly be the last speakers you ever buy, making their price tag seem like more of a bargain. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide for yourself if the Gallo’s look and sound is for you, but you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice if you bought anything else without hearing the Reference AV system first.

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