Originally posted by Nic Rhodes on 16/06/02
The speakers are being brought in to the UK by a non hi-fi company (GPS supplier I think) and will be placed in only about 30 specialist dealers. What I heard certainly places them in the seriously interesting category. I really fancy a set my self.
Gallo speakers are a 4 inch sphere with a 3 inch full range driver. Exactly as it sounds. It has a single full range drive unit which means no crossover. This brings HUGE gains in my book. The sat make a decent stab a full range (claimed 80 hz to 18khz, but seemed more like 120hz to me) Basically all you need, very good for a single drive unit. Efficiency is claimed at 89 dB / 1W but seemed higher to me, 91 /92 dB / 1W. Very easy to drive. . There are matching passive and active subs. The 5.1 active set is about £1300 and a pair of balls (+ passive sub) £300 / 400 I think, cant quite remember. They come in eight colours (bronze, matt black, canery yellow, gloss black, wine red, snow white, coballt blue and standard Stainless Steel.) There is a elegant wallflower speaker stand, wall mount or a rubber gromet stand (honest!!) which holds the balls.
The sub isnt really a sub more a woofer module so you can still add that gut wrenching Servo15! Basically we are talking a sub / sat combo here.
Now the good bit The sound. The speaker is so tiny is easily fits into you hand but the sound . It does some things REALLY WELL, and I mean class leading. The metal ball means no internal resonance or diffraction problems. The lack of crossover means great spatial resolution and coherence (better than UniQ). Huge soundstage with excellent imaging in a tiny designer package. Well matched and tonally coherent and cohesive sound stage. Works with music and films. It will win many friends.
Sound is big and makes The Perfect Sound recommended components list. (Active sub is Best Buy). $1500 in the states
With the greatest of respect to the others guys but I trust the opinions of Nic and Gordon and would gladly buy something that they recommended without listening to it myself.Originally posted by Gordon, Convergent-AV on 16/06/02
I was going to post a big spiel about these a week or so ago but thought that everyone would think I was just advertising.
At StereoStereo we like to keep trying stuff to make sure we are offering the best sound for your pound. Ian decided to have a look at these and the distributor brought them in. I have to say that I took one look at them being unboxed and left the room laughing, went to Alan and asked what on earth Ian was playing at wasting a morning getting these in......Then...
After they were set up and Ian had mucked around he asked me to go and check them out. Ian left the room, not having said what he thought about them. I put on some music and some films and my jaw HIT THE FLOOR. I was astounded, amazed in fact. What a sound from those little things. They do limit high frequencies which I think is one of the reasons they sound so pleasant. Seriosly considering getting rid of my cheapo B+W's....
Glad to say that SS are one of the dealers in Scotland and that hopefully Convergent will be able to benefit from this too!
Put your hand (or hat) away ad. At no time has anyone ever said that they outperform ALL other speaker solutions.Originally posted by buns
I'll eat my own hand before i accept that the gallos will outperform all other solutions.
Jeff,Originally posted by Jeff
They sound not quite full.
I think some of the guys on here who have said the Gallo's are good (Nic Rhodes, Gordon Fraser etc) have gained a reputation by being dead on most if not all of the time. I (and anyone else in their right mind) would rather have their view on the subject of anything audio/video than some chap over at Home Entertainment mag that reviews Electric Toasters most of his time.Originally posted by Smurfin
It does frustrate me when people immediately discount reviews because people on here say they're good.
The whole Gallos hype, as you like to call it, was started by Nic Rhodes, closely followed by Gordon and as far as I am aware neither of them have bought the speakers themselves.Originally posted by buns
perhaps the hype is produced by those who have the things and simply believe the word of others that they are fantastic, thus they can't give proper comparisons.
I could probably bore for England on the teccy stuff here but the bottom line is I hear no difference between my now balck ones and the original silver SS finish ones I had.Nic Rhodes
Very rare for a femaleOriginally posted by whoami
I could probably bore for England on the teccy stuff