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#31 ozcal

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:29 PM

Hi Tele , my suprise came from the fact that the 1080 seemed to struggle to drive my previous B&W 703'S but works a treat with the Gales
Interestingly the design of the 1080 is based around Stan Curtis's work for Rotel and the amp that drove my original pair of Gales ,the Mission 772 was also designed by the same chap.
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PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:34 PM

Hi Tele , my suprise came from the fact that the 1080 seemed to struggle to drive my previous B&W 703'S but works a treat with the Gales
Interestingly the design of the 1080 is based around Stan Curtis's work for Rotel and the amp that drove my original pair of Gales ,the Mission 772 was also designed by the same chap.


Interesting Gordon because I thought that the RB 1080 actually drove my B&W 803's quite well.
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:13 PM

I found the sound just a bit lifeless with the RB1080 on it's own.I passively bi-amped the 703's with my Yam M60 on the top and mids and the 1080 doing bass duties and found this to work well.
I initially drove the Gales with the M60 as I found it to be a more musical sounding amp than the 1080 but it ceased to function after a few months.
I popped the 1080 back into the mix and ended up with a much more balanced sound compared to the M60. I had made a number of capacitor changes to both my pre and dac while using the M60 so I guess this allowed the 1080 to perform at it's best.
Bottom Line is , as you say, the 1080 is a very underated amp.
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PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 11:30 AM

These are now sold pending payment.

I think Tony did okay with this sale on SNA......... http://perth.gumtree...QAdIdZ277082738

Thanks for the input fella's.

Cheers, flemo.

#35 flemo

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:35 PM

Now sold, thanks for the interest.

Cheers, flemo.

#36 Tony M

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:30 PM

Now sold, thanks for the interest.

Cheers, flemo.


Yes, massive thanks Flemo.:)

My listening so far has horrified me.......









.....with the thought of "what would I do if anything happened to these?":(

I've expended a lot of time and money and tears over the decades chasing elusive audio dreams. Without doubt, these speakers are one of the biggest steps forward I've ever taken. Not dissing the modified Klipsch Belle/TacT combo that will continue to live in the family room - just a different sound with a different set of strengths and weaknesses.

But the Gales add something I've ever heard at home before. Ozcal, Rantan and the others were just so right.:)

I'll post some piccies and listening impressions soon.

Thanks again, flemo

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:05 PM

After this photo in the 'sumptuous speakers' thread, those Gales were always going to fly out the door! :)


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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:21 PM

After this photo in the 'sumptuous speakers' thread, those Gales were always going to fly out the door! :)


The irony here is I have 3 more sets of Gale speakers and they don't look anything close to those wonderfull 'sumptuous speakers'!!

#39 ozcal

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:21 PM

Yes, massive thanks Flemo.:)

My listening so far has horrified me.......









.....with the thought of "what would I do if anything happened to these?":(

I've expended a lot of time and money and tears over the decades chasing elusive audio dreams. Without doubt, these speakers are one of the biggest steps forward I've ever taken. Not dissing the modified Klipsch Belle/TacT combo that will continue to live in the family room - just a different sound with a different set of strengths and weaknesses.

But the Gales add something I've ever heard at home before. Ozcal, Rantan and the others were just so right.:)

I'll post some piccies and listening impressions soon.

Thanks again, flemo

Cheers
Tony

Congrats Tony and welcome to the club :)
The Gales ,as you are experiencing , are a very special speaker.
There is something just right about the sound. Few speakers are as coherent from top to bottom and tonally well balanced.
All the best,
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Audio GD CD7SE transport , Satch Max DAC (NOS 16bit ,valve output stage)Sony CDP -502ES ,Supratek Chardonnay pre-amp: , Rotel RHB10 power amp, Gale 401A speakers. Linn Sondek TT Grace 707mk2 tonearm , AT91BL cart , Modded Yaquin MS-22B Riaa pre,
PC based transport up and running but still at Alpha stage.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:57 PM

Congrats Tony and welcome to the club :)
The Gales ,as you are experiencing , are a very special speaker.
There is something just right about the sound. Few speakers are as coherent from top to bottom and tonally well balanced.
All the best,
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Amen to that. Good to hear they're doing it for you Tony. Enjoy!
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:08 PM

Hi Tony et al,

Just want to add my congrats on the Gales :)

Have heard Bear's on a good few occasions now and must admit that every time I do, and regardless of what's playing, I can't help but think, "I've gotta get me a pair of these!"

There's something that's just so right about them.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:09 PM

Congrats Tony. It sounds like they have really hit the mark.

Now get posting in that showcase thread.
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Posted 06 May 2011 - 06:11 PM

Tony,
Well done on the Gales.They are a bargain at that sort of money.Especially considering the restoration work done on them.

I keep coming back to the Gales.They are so rare in the speaker world in not sounding like boxes.They just play music.
My hunch is they achieve this through combining a highly damped enclosure and a very high ratio of driver surface area to box volume.Obviously the crossover design has to be good too.They are also brilliant speakers at allowing you to follow a tune.
They love a good valve preamp.
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Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

Can't wait to hear them Tony. Will they be too big for the 'study'? You will of course give them a go in there against the Rogers won't you?

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#45 Tony M

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 12:02 AM

Thanks everyone.:)

Yes, I will post pics etc soon - just moved from my "list of things to do" to my "list of things to really do ASAP" ;)

Grumps, The Gales have already replaced the Rogers in the "study". The poor little LS3/5a's are sulking in a corner ATM, but they'll find their own spot soon. Ozcal's comment about the Gales being like 3/5a's with bass seems so true and it's great to enjoy what I was missing with them. Looking forward to catching up soon.:)

Cheers
Tony

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