GALE: GS402 loudspeaker test review

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The Gale loudspeaker dates back to the early 1970s. As I understand it, the basic design resulted from a collaboration of Ira Gale (footnote 1) and Sao Win, who were college classmates at the time. Their speaker proved very popular in England and was subsequently imported to the USA during the mid-1970s by Audio Technica. Recently, Techport (the folks who import the Perreaux line) has taken over US distribution.

While the Gales have undergone same changes through the years, their distinctive appearance and, according to some, their equally distinctive sonic "flavor," have continued to earn the respect of critical listeners all over the world. Nonetheless, these speakers have also sustained their fair share of criticism; not everybody likes them. This sort of continuing disagreement usually means that what is at issue is a "different" kind of sound—a product that sounds quite unlike others, yet somehow offers a high enough degree of musical satisfaction to appeal to a lot of serious audiophiles. Of such products are cults made.

Indeed, the Gale does have a "sound of its own." I didn't care for many aspects of that sound. On the side, the Gales can play very loudly without audible overload, and they image very well. They reproduce a wide, spacious soundstage with excellent image specificity and stability. Well-miked choral music is spectacular on these speakers! And the imaging remains rock solid from soft to loud.

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2 thoughts on “GALE: GS402 loudspeaker test review

  1. Can’t really buy into Neil McCauley views on the iconic Gale 402. Granted you have to be careful what other equipment you use to get the best of them, however, I managed very well with a Magnum MP 150 / MF 150 pre – power amplifier that I bought from Howard Popeck at Subjective Audio in London – an icon store in its time.

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