GALE: Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers?

Hi Neil. Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers? It was in fact Mr. Ira Gale. From all accounts Ira Dennis Gale was a genius, able to “talk his way in and out of anything”. He also tended to “stir the pot”, and may have enjoyed doing so occassionally. Born on December 4th, 1942, Ira […]

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SPIKES vs. FOAM: Can foam padding isolate better than spikes?

“This may be quite crazy but I’ve set my Dynaudio C3 speaker stands down on a 1.5” thick sheet of soft foam padding instead of using spikes. Now the floor has almost no vibration. The sound is cleaner and more natural. I did the same with my subwoofer with the same results! Now I’m considering […]

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SERIOUSLY: Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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ANYTHING BUT MUSIC: Why do some speakers sound like music while others do not?

  Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, […]

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SPEAKERS: Thoughts about auditioning them

If you go to a big box store, or even a medium-sized store, you’re likely to encounter a switch box approach to speaker selling. Multiple pairs of speakers are lined up as if in a forest and the salesperson can play any of the many speaker models at the push of a button. This same […]

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ROOM ACOUSTICS: Diy or get an expert in?

I’m finally getting around to my new listening room, which is not intended to be a man cave but a room for the whole family. The recording studio look is not what I’m after, any acoustic treatments will have to be reasonably subtle and not too ugly. So, can I do this myself or should […]

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BRITISH LOUDSPEAKERS: From the tube-era?

I couldn’t find one, so I thought I would put one up myself. Just a simple place for British speaker porn from the days when hot glass bottles ruled the hi-fi industry. I’ll start. Here are some old Goodmans Audioms in console enclosures. From the ’50’s, I believe. Dip in and out HERE

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GALE: GS401A – appropriate amplification?

Poking around in the loft a while back I came across along forgotten pair of Gale GS401As in very sad condition and, if memory serves, they’d been there for 22 years! Unfortunately they were a little too near a small long term leak that developed in the roof (fixed long ago) which did little to improve […]

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SPEAKERS: Can they / do they wear out?

I reckon that based on the serial numbers of my Briks they are late 70’s/early 80’s. Looking at the B139’s the rubber diaphram is a pale grey colour rather than black and it feels fairly firm to the touch – almost ‘dry’ if that makes sense? Now, I’m wondering if speakers degrade with age and […]

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SPEAKER HEADROOM: Observations

Paul McGowan We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of headroom. More food on the table than needed, more horsepower than required, more amplifier wattage than necessary. But, what about speaker headroom? The one characteristic of music’s reproduction that stands out for me in speakers is a slight compression when the music gets loud. I hear it […]

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GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – Far Eastern imitations?

Howard Popeck asks: Am I correct that cheap ‘n cheerful imitations emanating from China or elsewhere are in circulation or is this just a rumour? Dave Smith replies: No there is not an ‘imitation’ so far to my knowledge. The GB-101 chrome stands are re-manufactured by me purely due to the demand I had to […]

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LECSON: Gale chrome beauties, vintage Quad and … Mr Lothar Kissinger

Howard Popeck writes ….. I’ve ‘known’ Lothar for some years despite never having met him nor sold him anything. That’s because in part we share a common audiophile history. He owns and uses some truly terrific state-of-the-art vintage equipment including, as you’ll see from the images, Lecson and Gale. My connection is that through serendipity […]

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GALE 401/402 speakers: How far could (and should?) they be tweaked beyond the original spec?

Howard Popeck asks: I note Dave that you only return a customer’s loudspeakers to original specification. However you strike us as an innovative man with a strong sense of curiosity. So our first question is primarily theoretical. How might a pair of 401 or 402 speakers be taken (in theory) to a higher level? For […]

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GALE: GS402 loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write …… 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 […]

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GALE: GS401 Re-foam Project?

I am now the very pleased owner of a pair of classic Gale GS401 speakers in wood finish. I bought them on eBay as ‘for parts or not working’ for the princely sum of £38.69. I intend to fully refurbish them by re-foaming the four woofers, checking/testing the other drivers (the tweeters have the correct […]

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GALE: “Anybody else here using these old wonders?”

Anybody else here using these old wonders?I bought a pair of these for my second system.A year later and now with three rebuilt pairs I have come to love these things and they now reside most of the time in my main system. Over the years I have owned all sorts of speakers-electrostats, BBC monitors,horns […]

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