Improving the breed is part and parcel for the high end. Few are as successful and original as the sounds and shapes that stem from the imagination of Anthony Gallo. The new, evolutionary Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.5, based on the popular and critically well-received Reference 3.1, is like its forebear a four-driver, three-way. Like the original Ref 3 it still performs crossover-less from 125Hz on up. It employs Gallo’s patented CDT tweeter, a pair of 4-inch carbon-fiber midranges and new for the 3.5, a custom 10-inch woofer improved with a ceramic-coated aluminum cone. It's also a smidge easier to drive at 87dB sensitivity and a nominal impedance of 4 ohms. An all new aluminum “outrigger” style base not only improves stability but impact and image focus as well. It’s sonics are tighter, more open with knock-out coherence. It’s virtually baffle-free design creates a stunning soundstage with even greater realism thanks to the improved image height and superb vertical dispersion for what remains a relatively short floorstander. It’s slated for debuted in the 3rd quarter and should price out in the estimated $5800/pr range.