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Gallo speakers and their legendary break-in needs

Back when the Gallo Reference 3 series was new (around 2004) -- I had a pair -- the need for break-in was painfully obvious. They sounded okay out of the box and then entered a period where they became almost unlistenable. This was a frequent topic here (AA) and elsewhere. Many were sold, used, with the notation, "not even fully broken in," which, to the lnowledgable, meant that their owners had given up on them. If you assumed this WAS a break-in issue -- or read enough to take the chance -- you were rewarded handsomely. But it took time.

This was not -- repeat, NOT -- a phenomenon where the listener was breaking in to the speakers. The owner's manual was explicit in saying that it took 100 hours. And it certainly did., at the minimum. One of the break-in "short-cuts" was to put the Gallos head to head, throw a heavy blanket over them, play a CD on repeat, as loud as you could stand it, and leave the room.

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