First Look: Anthony Gallo Acoustics’ Reference Strada Surround System

Posted by: Chris Martens at 7:07 pm, August 19th, 2009

At the woofer level, the new TR-3 subwoofer, which looks—appropriately enough—like a depth charge waiting to be dropped from the stern of a destroyer, incorporates the same ceramic-enhanced aluminum-cone woofer used in the Reference 3.5. The woofer is housed in a cylinder-shaped steel housing that also encloses a 300-watt amplifier that has been recalibrated specifically for this sub (Gallo’s earlier TR-2 sub used a 250-watt amp). The result, says Gallo, is a sub that offers “smooth, yet powerful, bass from 22Hz to 180Hz.” We’ll certainly put that claim to the test.

We are excited to be able to review the Reference Strada system for Playback readers, since—based on preliminary listening to pre-production prototypes—we think it offers tremendous performance potential at a reasonable price. But let’s see how the product works out in reality; watch for our upcoming review to appear a few weeks from now.

Feel free to post questions on the Reference Strada system, and I’ll reply as best I can as I learn more about the system and its performance capabilities. 


Anonymous111 (not verified) -- Thu, 08/20/2009 - 08:58

Looking forward to your review. please include a comparison to the REF A/V in your review.

Repdetect (not verified) -- Sat, 09/05/2009 - 12:36

I second that.
Does the Strada stand on it's own against the Ref AV or does it have the anemic mid-bass of the Due?

Barry (not verified) -- Tue, 11/03/2009 - 15:03

The Strada has a more full/rich sound than the Ref AV. Nothing at all like the Due.

ccs (not verified) -- Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:45

I have been running 7 Gallo Due's for HT (paired with Velodyne Sub).  While I've been very happy.  I've always been bothered that my center channel's CDT is oriented incorrectly (the Due's are all oriented like the new "side Strada").
Anyway, I'd like some comments, if possible, about how these new Gallo HT offerings compare to my Due's.  

Repdetect (not verified) -- Sat, 09/05/2009 - 12:42

I also had the Due as a center channel and was blown away by the improved sound when I replaced it with a Ref AV. Better articulation with movie soundtracks and better integration with 3.1's for music. Highly recommeded audition if you can.

Maurice W Geldert (not verified) -- Thu, 08/20/2009 - 14:34

Will be curious to see how side Strada's would complement 3.1's in a 5.1 format, particularly if 3.1's have optional bass amp...

Chris Martens -- Tue, 08/25/2009 - 11:00

Based on first impressions, I think the Stradas would be a beautiful complement to a pair of 3.1s. The only caveat, though it is a small one, is that I think the Stradas--at their best--can potentially achieve a sound that is slightly more transparent or open sounding than the 3.1s (that's saying a mouthful, I know, but the Stradas are quite good).
Chris Martens

Chris Martens
Editor, Perfect Vision 

Steven Beary (not verified) -- Wed, 08/26/2009 - 13:28

Does Gallo offer a stand that integrates a subwoofer with the M-T-M module, or just for the M-T-M module, as shown in the photo?

Chris Martens -- Wed, 08/26/2009 - 14:21

The Gallo stand is designed to hold the main Reference Strada (i.e., M-T-M) module only, as shown in the photo. Thus subwoofer positioning is left to the user's discretion.
Chris Martens

Chris Martens
Editor, Perfect Vision 

anonymous111 (not verified) -- Fri, 08/28/2009 - 23:54

Chris -- would like to know your opinion of Strada vs. Reference AV?  Which would you choose if matched with TR3 sub for front pair in 5.1 setting?

baald (not verified) -- Thu, 09/10/2009 - 14:58

i'm dyin' ova here... when's the review?  can you give us more tidbits  in the blog?
breath == bated

Chris Martens -- Tue, 11/03/2009 - 18:09


Here's the link to the review:

Let me know your thoughts, reactions.


Chris Martens

Chris Martens
Editor, Perfect Vision 

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