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.