The original Stradas have been my reference monitors for component testing
and studio recording for almost four years now. I spent six months designing
and testing the perfect vibration control stand to bring out their enormous
potential, adapting the acclaimed time-correcting, floor-mounting principles of
our Bedrock stands. Once mounted on my Upgrade Stands, Stradas easily outclassed the
best electrostatics as well as $30,000 monitors in speed, dynamics, transparence, razor
sharp soundstage and unparalleled bass articulation. I've been so satisfied, I figured
the improvements in the new Strada 2 model wouldn't amount to beans. But within minutes
of firing up the 2s, I knew I couldn't go back. There was a new treble-to-mid seamlessness
that was breathtakingly natural. Cymbals shimmered with more of that burnished, deep gong
resonance that's so hard to capture. The impact of the drums and the baritone voices
gained a more convincing chest rumble. All in all, a resounding confirmation of one of my
favorite mantras: "You don't know what you're missing until you've heard what you're missing."
Technically, the Strada 2s are precisely the upper half of the $6000 Gallo Reference 3.5-
without the lower half's built-in subwoofer. This yields two advantages: no sound-muddying
midrange-to-woofer crossover is needed and there's no woofer directly shaking the mid and treble
Paired with the Mapleshade Ultra-Modified 26 watt Scott amp that I use in my studio, they are a
marriage made in heaven. Even more effiecient than its predecessor, the new Strada 2s play
loud enough to easily fill cavenous rooms.
For earth-shaking rock, big-band or symphonic music, Stradas integrate beautifully
with our modded Gallo TR-1 subwoofer, well beyond any main/sub integration I've
ever experienced. The lightning-fast and massive transient punch, the hugely three-dimensional
soundstage and the superbly nuanced musicality of our Upgraded Strada 2/TR-1 pairing can't
be matched by any of the famous megabuck floorstanders, whether B&Ws, Wilsons, or Focal-JMlabs.