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You nailed it!

I bought some used Gallo Nucleus Reference 3.0s (last before the 3.1, with no switch in the back) at a price that I knew I could flip them again if they sucked.

Well? Yeah... they sucked. Before flipping them? Put them woofer to woofer (inverted) under as many blankets as I had & ran it at VERY high levels with a crazy test CD that featured everything from a Huey chopper landing to test tones. Amp driving it at the time was an Innersound ESL-300 - so certainly wasn't gonna clip. We're talking at least a day or two running through that.

Before "break in?" NO "meat on the bone," some decent detail, but otherwise threadbare. Bass mostly "thump, thump, thump."

After? Well, I still have them. Currently installed at my shop, have VTL Ultimate preamp up front, each driven by a VTL Deluxe 120. Yeah, I MIGHT get rid of them one of these days, but only because I'll move out of my shop & I'm a "B&W fanboy" and have 802 Matrix at home.

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  • You nailed it! - David S. 15:27:24 06/21/17 (0)


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