|Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Micro 5.1 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Tim Hart|
|Friday, 01 July 2005|
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Don’t expect the Nucleus Micro System to fill a huge room. Despite their ability to resolve musical images, portray bombastic action sequences in movies with good authority and play louder than they look like they should, they will seem a bit anemic in a large room, especially one with a high ceiling. I started off in a large lively room. When the system was later installed in my reference system where the room is smaller, the Nucleus package really came to life. Midrange thinness diminished quite a bit and the TR-1 seemed to blend much better. But even in this environment, they do have a limit as to how loud they will play before they exhibit duress, and it may not fit everyone’s requirement for loud music and movies. If you’ve got a room that is more than 15 x 20 feet, consider using larger Gallo Acoustics speakers, paired with a powerful receiver or amplifier.
On a personal level and perhaps less a downside than a suggestion, I would recommend mounting the Micros. Their small size leaves them vulnerable to being knocked off of the O-ring supplied with the speakers. Although most people buying these speakers will not run up against this issue, my Cardas Golden Cross speaker cables kept trying to drag the speakers off of the surfaces they were sitting on and I had to strain relieve them during the review. If your speaker cable could be tripped on or accidentally caught on a dust mop or vacuum cleaner, then gravity will not be your friend. Gallo provides great mounting options, which should be utilized.
I have to admit that, while initially skeptical about a speaker package of this nature, the Anthony Gallo Nucleus Micro System has caught my attention and earned my respect. The Nucleus Micros’ ability to capture the layering and detail of music was surprising. The midrange was a touch on the lean side, but this is more a matter of taste than performance. The TR-1 subwoofer did a good job of supporting the satellites with a nice, tight low-frequency presentation. While not the lowest I’ve heard in this price range, the TR-1 did justice to the upper frequencies that the Nucleus Micro satellites created without doing anything wrong. The sound was satisfyingly enveloping on DVD-Audio and SACD material, and movie soundtracks were impressive, giving enough visceral impact to action scenes while seamlessly handling complex movie soundtracks and maintaining a nice tonal balance. Space-limited, money-conscious and aesthetically-minded individuals will want to audition these Anthony Gallo Micros. They will provide, within their limits, a well-balanced solution that must be heard to be appreciated. They certainly changed my bias. I believe they will have the same effect on you as well. These speakers are the best I have heard in the micro class. If a small, affordable, low-visibility speaker is your desire, this high-resolution gem is a perfect choice.