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Gallo Micro SE How can a speaker this small sound this good?

Gallo Micro SE How can a speaker this small sound this good?,Few lifestyle speakers tempt discerning audiophiles, but Anthony Gallo Acoustics latest crop of mini models will challenge their expectations.

Gallo Micro SEs, with table stands

The Anthony Gallo Acoustics Micro SE speaker ($239) is a tiny steel sphere, just 4 inches in diameter -- thats the size of an orange. Its an audiophile quality performer, capable of delivering high-resolution sound and a big, downright spacious stereo image. In ct, the imaging of the Micro SE and the slightly larger ADiva SE reminds me of the wide-open, boxless sound I get with large, flat-panel speakers. Since these Gallos have just one full-range driver, they dont need a crossover network to direct high frequencies to the tweeter and bass to the woofer, and thats one of the reasons Gallos dont sound like conventional box speakers. The ADiva SE sells for $329.

Both Gallo speakers use the same 3-inch driver, which features a flat aluminum honeycomb sandwich diaphragm, developed by Anthony Gallo. Rather than use the usual plastic or wood construction, Gallos cabinets are black or white finished steel spheres, and both models are also available in gleaming stainless steel. The speakers binding posts accept banana plugs or stripped, bare wires.

Gallo Micro SE, on floor stand

Of course, with speakers as small as these, youll need a subwoofer, so I paired them with a Gallo TR-1D ($599), Gallo Classico CL-S 12 ($999), and my old PSB SubSonic 5. Perfectly smooth bass integration between the subs and sats was easy to achieve. All of the listening tests were conducted with my NAD 3020 and Emotiva Mini-X integrated amplifiers, and an Onkyo TX-SR805 AV receiver.

You can park Micro SEs or ADiva SEs on any flat suce and use the rubber O ring thats packed in the box to keep them in place so they dont roll around, or buy Gallos wall-mount brackets, table stands, or the matching floor stands.

I started listening to the Gallos on my desktop where their imaging focus and specificity were awesome; thanks to their spherical enclosures the Gallos dont have the diffraction/reflection problems common to box speakers. The Gallos reveal soft-to-loud dynamics with rare precision, and their low-level resolution is quite good. Using a 3-inch driver the bass wasnt deep or punchy, though bass definition was superb, so I didnt use a sub for the desktop sessions, but Id guess most folks will.

Relocating the Micro SEs to my hi-fi to rock out with the White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights concert CD was a different trip. Jack Whites guitar onslaught wasnt the least bit inhibited by the Micro SEs, but they were ably assisted by the TR-1D sub. Meg Whites drums -- especially her big bass drum -- made a strong impression on my eardrums. The bass was nice and tight, no boom or bloat down there. Switching over to the big Classico CL-S 12 sub made the room shake a bit more, without losing definition or finesse.

Stereo home theater trials again defied my expectations; the little speakers virtually disappeared as sound sources. When I watched Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins starring as the med director, I immediately forgot all about the Gallos. Thats a good sign, as the best speakers dont call attention to themselves. The phantom center channels dialogue sounded natural.

Jazz singer Patricia Barbers phenomenal Modern Cool high-resolution audio Blu-ray blew my mind. Barbers vocals and the bands solos popped out of the mix with startling realism. Percussion instruments detailing and air are excellent. Looking across the room at these incredibly tiny speakers it was hard to believe they could sound this good.

Whats better, the Micro SE or the ADiva SE? I cant say theres much of a difference between the two -- the ADiva SE is a little more fleshed out and fuller sounding, but you can make up most of that difference with the sub. The ADiva SEs biggest advantage is its more open quality; it disappears more than the Micro SE.

The Anthony Gallo Acoustics Micro SE and ADiva SE are, pound for pound, the best sounding miniature speakers Ive heard to date. They redefine the performance standard for very small speakers.

Steve GuttenbergEx-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.

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