Anthony Gallo Acoustics Classico CL-2 Owner`s manual

Owner’s Manual
Anthony Gallo Acoustics
20841 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
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Classico CL-2 Loudspeakers
Contents
Introduction...........................................................................................1
Welcome to Anthony Gallo Acoustics ................................................1
Proprietary AGA Technology ...............................................................2
General Guidelines for Placing Your Classico CL-2s.............................4
Installation.............................................................................................8
Unpacking and Inspection ..................................................................8
Additional Items Required for Installation ...........................................8
Attaching the Grilles...........................................................................8
Connecting Your Classico CL-2s .........................................................9
Speaker Settings in a Surround Sound Receiver or Processor ........10
Surround Sound Receiver or Processor Speaker Settings ...................10
Breaking In Your CL-2s .....................................................................11
Enjoy!...............................................................................................11
Classico CL-2 Specifications................................................................12
Warranty and Extended Service Agreement ....................................13
Statement of Warranty: Anthony Gallo Acoustics Limited Warranty..13
Service..................................................................................................14
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Introduction
Welcome! We've worked hard to fill this manual with useful and helpful information.
If you'll take a few minutes to read through it, the result will be easier system set up and
better in-room sonic performance. It'll also help acquaint you with several unique features
Anthony Gallo Acoustics Classico speakers offer that typical loudspeakers don't. And once
you're done reading, if you have any questions about your new Classico CL-2 speakers
don't hesitate to contact your local Anthony Gallo Acoustics dealer. Or, if you wish, you
can call us directly at 1-818-341-4488 or e-mail techsupport@roundsound.com.
Welcome to Anthony Gallo Acoustics
Thank you for purchasing Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) loudspeakers. Since we first
started designing speakers in 1994, we have continually invested in advanced engineering,
modeling, and testing to ensure that AGA speakers deliver outstanding performance and
value throughout the range. We hope you, like so many industry reviewers, will be thrilled
with the quality of sound that your new AGA speakers deliver.
This manual is for the Classico CL-2. The Classico line includes two compact bookshelf
systems (CL-1 and CL-2), two floor standing models (CL-3 and CL-4), a horizontal center
channel (CL-C), and two matching subwoofers (CLS-10 and CLS-12). Therefore, you can
set up anything from a pure stereo system to various multi-channel surround sound
systems using voice-matched Classico models. No matter whether you're setting up an
audio-centric stereo listening room or a surround sound media system, AGA's Classico
Series will enhance your listening and viewing experience.
.
Copyright Information
Copyright © 2011 Anthony Gallo Acoustics. All rights reserved.
This material may not be reproduced or copied, in whole or in part, without the written
permission of Anthony Gallo Acoustics.
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1
Introduction
Welcome! We've worked hard to fill this manual with useful and helpful information.
If you'll take a few minutes to read through it, the result will be easier system set up and
better in-room sonic performance. It'll also help acquaint you with several unique features
Anthony Gallo Acoustics Classico speakers offer that typical loudspeakers don't. And once
you're done reading, if you have any questions about your new Classico CL-2 speakers
don't hesitate to contact your local Anthony Gallo Acoustics dealer. Or, if you wish, you
can call us directly at 1-818-341-4488 or e-mail techsupport@roundsound.com.
Welcome to Anthony Gallo Acoustics
Thank you for purchasing Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) loudspeakers. Since we first
started designing speakers in 1994, we have continually invested in advanced engineering,
modeling, and testing to ensure that AGA speakers deliver outstanding performance and
value throughout the range. We hope you, like so many industry reviewers, will be thrilled
with the quality of sound that your new AGA speakers deliver.
This manual is for the Classico CL-2. The Classico line includes two compact bookshelf
systems (CL-1 and CL-2), two floor standing models (CL-3 and CL-4), a horizontal center
channel (CL-C), and two matching subwoofers (CLS-10 and CLS-12). Therefore, you can
set up anything from a pure stereo system to various multi-channel surround sound
systems using voice-matched Classico models. No matter whether you're setting up an
audio-centric stereo listening room or a surround sound media system, AGA's Classico
Series will enhance your listening and viewing experience.
.
Copyright Information
Copyright © 2011 Anthony Gallo Acoustics. All rights reserved.
This material may not be reproduced or copied, in whole or in part, without the written
permission of Anthony Gallo Acoustics.
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1
Proprietary AGA Technology
The Classico Series was designed from the outset to deliver the exceptional performance
AGA has become famous for while presenting a more traditional look. This makes it easy
to incorporate our Classico series in practically any environment.
All of the technology used in AGA products was specifically developed by Anthony Gallo
and cannot be found in any other loudspeakers. These technologies contribute to an
enhanced level of clarity, precision, and dynamic range not found in other speakers
anywhere near the CL-2's price.
CDT 3™ Tweeter: The Classico CL-2 uses our patented CDT Cylindrical Diaphragm
Transducer (CDT 3) for high-frequency reproduction. On its own, the CDT 3, with its
cylindrically shaped high-frequency diaphragm, delivers smooth treble response across an
amazing 300-degree range! Once it's built into the Classico models, it provides a full 180°
high-frequency dispersion pattern (3kHz - 21.5kHz) (Figure 1). This allows substantial
positioning flexibility, since consistent high-frequency response is delivered both on and
off-axis. That means soundstaging and imaging are enhanced while there'll be more
"good seats" in your listening room, so more people will hear all the sound, particularly
important in a surround sound setup.
For more information on Gallo design and technology, please go to www.roundsound.com.
Backwave Linearization and Synchronization Technology (BLAST): AGA's newest
technology is the implementation of the BLAST System. Benefits of the BLAST system
include an improved acoustic impedance match between the woofer/midrange driver and
the air within the enclosure, which simply stated, allows the speaker to play louder, deliver
exceptional bass, and perform overall like a speaker many times its size. Using our
engineering resources, we've been able to achieve this performance advance without
requiring more power from the amplifier! The BLAST system incorporates an enhanced
version of our S2™ technology that is strategically placed within a modified transmission
line.
Enhanced S2 with our Modified Transmission Line: In essence, our patented S2
technology tricks the Classico's precision woofers into performing as though they're in
significantly larger enclosures. The combination of the S2 technology and our modified
transmission line creates a speaker that sounds much larger than its actual size and
delivers real-life impact without ever sounding muddy.
Optimized Pulse Technology™ (OPT) Level 2: Wooden enclosures like the ones
incorporated in the Classico Series are not as rigid as the metal enclosures used in our
Reference Series products. Due to this disparity, the original OPT Level 1 system would not
have worked properly. However, we were able to develop OPT Level 2, which applies a
dielectric absorption countermeasure to eliminate sonic degradation from static charges
that typically build up on speaker wires and within the speaker itself.
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Figure 1. Dispersion Pattern of the CDT3 Tweeter
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Proprietary AGA Technology
The Classico Series was designed from the outset to deliver the exceptional performance
AGA has become famous for while presenting a more traditional look. This makes it easy
to incorporate our Classico series in practically any environment.
All of the technology used in AGA products was specifically developed by Anthony Gallo
and cannot be found in any other loudspeakers. These technologies contribute to an
enhanced level of clarity, precision, and dynamic range not found in other speakers
anywhere near the CL-2's price.
CDT 3™ Tweeter: The Classico CL-2 uses our patented CDT Cylindrical Diaphragm
Transducer (CDT 3) for high-frequency reproduction. On its own, the CDT 3, with its
cylindrically shaped high-frequency diaphragm, delivers smooth treble response across an
amazing 300-degree range! Once it's built into the Classico models, it provides a full 180°
high-frequency dispersion pattern (3kHz - 21.5kHz) (Figure 1). This allows substantial
positioning flexibility, since consistent high-frequency response is delivered both on and
off-axis. That means soundstaging and imaging are enhanced while there'll be more
"good seats" in your listening room, so more people will hear all the sound, particularly
important in a surround sound setup.
For more information on Gallo design and technology, please go to www.roundsound.com.
Backwave Linearization and Synchronization Technology (BLAST): AGA's newest
technology is the implementation of the BLAST System. Benefits of the BLAST system
include an improved acoustic impedance match between the woofer/midrange driver and
the air within the enclosure, which simply stated, allows the speaker to play louder, deliver
exceptional bass, and perform overall like a speaker many times its size. Using our
engineering resources, we've been able to achieve this performance advance without
requiring more power from the amplifier! The BLAST system incorporates an enhanced
version of our S2™ technology that is strategically placed within a modified transmission
line.
Enhanced S2 with our Modified Transmission Line: In essence, our patented S2
technology tricks the Classico's precision woofers into performing as though they're in
significantly larger enclosures. The combination of the S2 technology and our modified
transmission line creates a speaker that sounds much larger than its actual size and
delivers real-life impact without ever sounding muddy.
Optimized Pulse Technology™ (OPT) Level 2: Wooden enclosures like the ones
incorporated in the Classico Series are not as rigid as the metal enclosures used in our
Reference Series products. Due to this disparity, the original OPT Level 1 system would not
have worked properly. However, we were able to develop OPT Level 2, which applies a
dielectric absorption countermeasure to eliminate sonic degradation from static charges
that typically build up on speaker wires and within the speaker itself.
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Figure 1. Dispersion Pattern of the CDT3 Tweeter
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General Guidelines for Placing Your Classico CL-2s
Note: The following positioning instructions are meant to be only a guideline for
your CL-2 placement. Once your Classico CL-2s are properly broken in, they should
perform to your satisfaction. If not, however, please refer to these simple placement
guidelines for some helpful tips. No matter which placement option you choose,
please keep the Classico CL-2 at least one inch from the wall or surface behind it.
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Floor Stands: Your Classico CL-2s can be mounted on floor stands or to a wall using wall
mounts. There are many suppliers of quality speaker stands and wall mounts, so a little
research with your local AGA dealer will prove helpful. When placed on stands, be sure to
use the four (4) gel discs provided, one under each corner of the CL-2. Also, ensure that
the speakers, stands and associated wiring are stable and safely located to reduce the
chance of the speakers falling.
Some wall mounts will require you to affix part of the mount to the back of the speaker.
For safety reasons, please be sure to read and follow the instructions that came with your
mounts carefully.
Sonics: If achieving maximum bass and sonic warmth is your goal, place your Classico
CL-2s close to a wall or other large surface (no more than a foot or two away). Note that
positioning them further out from the walls may deliver better imaging and a somewhat
leaner response in most rooms. Positioning your speakers at different distances from the
side wall in relation to the wall behind them should help control acoustic anomalies.
Although they can be mounted at any reasonable height, you'll maximize high-frequency
transparency and imaging if the CL-2 is positioned with its tweeter close to or aimed at
seated ear height. If the setting lends itself, try positioning the left and right front speakers
at the opposite ends of the base of an equilateral triangle whose tip is at the prime
listening position (Figure 2). General guidelines suggest a 30- to 45-degree angle from the
prime listening position to the L/R speakers, which is particularly for good stereo
reproduction.
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Figure 2. Example of a Stereo (2.0 Configuration) Setup
Cabinet or Bookshelf Placement: If you wish, you can place the Classico CL-2 on a
bookshelf or within a cabinet. Please make sure the shelf will support the speaker's weight
and is well secured to the wall brackets or cabinet so it won't rattle or vibrate. We suggest
the CL-2 be placed with its front edge even with the front edge of the shelf or cabinet to
reduce reflections. Also, be sure to set the speaker on the four (4) vibration de-coupling
gel discs provided. If it sounds like you're getting an echo or hollow sound, try moving the
speaker forward or backwards within the cabinet. You can also fill in the space around the
speaker with books or other solid objects.
Home theater positioning can mimic the above recommendations. However, try to keep
the L/R speakers within two or three feet of the edge of the TV screen. Once again,
whichever position gets the speaker closer to seated ear height is preferable, and if it must
be high or low, aim it down or up at the listeners. If you must place the CL-2 above ear
level, it is OK to place it upside down with the tweeter at the bottom to get it closer to
ear level.
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General Guidelines for Placing Your Classico CL-2s
Note: The following positioning instructions are meant to be only a guideline for
your CL-2 placement. Once your Classico CL-2s are properly broken in, they should
perform to your satisfaction. If not, however, please refer to these simple placement
guidelines for some helpful tips. No matter which placement option you choose,
please keep the Classico CL-2 at least one inch from the wall or surface behind it.
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Floor Stands: Your Classico CL-2s can be mounted on floor stands or to a wall using wall
mounts. There are many suppliers of quality speaker stands and wall mounts, so a little
research with your local AGA dealer will prove helpful. When placed on stands, be sure to
use the four (4) gel discs provided, one under each corner of the CL-2. Also, ensure that
the speakers, stands and associated wiring are stable and safely located to reduce the
chance of the speakers falling.
Some wall mounts will require you to affix part of the mount to the back of the speaker.
For safety reasons, please be sure to read and follow the instructions that came with your
mounts carefully.
Sonics: If achieving maximum bass and sonic warmth is your goal, place your Classico
CL-2s close to a wall or other large surface (no more than a foot or two away). Note that
positioning them further out from the walls may deliver better imaging and a somewhat
leaner response in most rooms. Positioning your speakers at different distances from the
side wall in relation to the wall behind them should help control acoustic anomalies.
Although they can be mounted at any reasonable height, you'll maximize high-frequency
transparency and imaging if the CL-2 is positioned with its tweeter close to or aimed at
seated ear height. If the setting lends itself, try positioning the left and right front speakers
at the opposite ends of the base of an equilateral triangle whose tip is at the prime
listening position (Figure 2). General guidelines suggest a 30- to 45-degree angle from the
prime listening position to the L/R speakers, which is particularly for good stereo
reproduction.
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Figure 2. Example of a Stereo (2.0 Configuration) Setup
Cabinet or Bookshelf Placement: If you wish, you can place the Classico CL-2 on a
bookshelf or within a cabinet. Please make sure the shelf will support the speaker's weight
and is well secured to the wall brackets or cabinet so it won't rattle or vibrate. We suggest
the CL-2 be placed with its front edge even with the front edge of the shelf or cabinet to
reduce reflections. Also, be sure to set the speaker on the four (4) vibration de-coupling
gel discs provided. If it sounds like you're getting an echo or hollow sound, try moving the
speaker forward or backwards within the cabinet. You can also fill in the space around the
speaker with books or other solid objects.
Home theater positioning can mimic the above recommendations. However, try to keep
the L/R speakers within two or three feet of the edge of the TV screen. Once again,
whichever position gets the speaker closer to seated ear height is preferable, and if it must
be high or low, aim it down or up at the listeners. If you must place the CL-2 above ear
level, it is OK to place it upside down with the tweeter at the bottom to get it closer to
ear level.
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Surround Positioning: The CL-2 will make an ideal surround speaker in a multi-channel
Classico setup. The primary surrounds are best placed to the sides of the listening area,
approximately two feet above seated ear height and even with or a little behind the
primary listening seats. If the room is long or if there are several rows of seating, more
than one set of surrounds can be placed along the side walls.
If you're installing secondary (rear) surrounds (i.e., a 7.1 system), place the secondary
speakers at the back of the room, approximately 150 degrees from the screen but still
about two feet above seated ear height. For alternate placement recommendations, please
consult your AVR manual or contact your local AGA dealer.
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CLS-10
Subwoofer
System Examples: An example of a stereo (2.0 configuration) setup using two standmounted Classico CL-2s is shown in Figure 2. A stereo system with a subwoofer
(2.1 configuration) setup using two stand-mounted Classico CL-2s and a Classico
subwoofer is shown in Figure 3. An example of a surround sound with subwoofer
(5.1 configuration) setup using two stand-mounted CL-2s, one table-mounted CL-C center
loudspeaker, two wall mounted CL-2s for the primary surround channels, and a Classico
subwoofer is shown in Figure 4.
Classico CL-C
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Figure 4. Example of a Surround Sound (5.1 Configuration) Setup
Classico CLS-10
Subwoofer
Figure 3. Example of a Stereo with Subwoofer (2.1 Configuration) Setup
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Surround Positioning: The CL-2 will make an ideal surround speaker in a multi-channel
Classico setup. The primary surrounds are best placed to the sides of the listening area,
approximately two feet above seated ear height and even with or a little behind the
primary listening seats. If the room is long or if there are several rows of seating, more
than one set of surrounds can be placed along the side walls.
If you're installing secondary (rear) surrounds (i.e., a 7.1 system), place the secondary
speakers at the back of the room, approximately 150 degrees from the screen but still
about two feet above seated ear height. For alternate placement recommendations, please
consult your AVR manual or contact your local AGA dealer.
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CLS-10
Subwoofer
System Examples: An example of a stereo (2.0 configuration) setup using two standmounted Classico CL-2s is shown in Figure 2. A stereo system with a subwoofer
(2.1 configuration) setup using two stand-mounted Classico CL-2s and a Classico
subwoofer is shown in Figure 3. An example of a surround sound with subwoofer
(5.1 configuration) setup using two stand-mounted CL-2s, one table-mounted CL-C center
loudspeaker, two wall mounted CL-2s for the primary surround channels, and a Classico
subwoofer is shown in Figure 4.
Classico CL-C
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Classico CL-2
Loudspeaker
Figure 4. Example of a Surround Sound (5.1 Configuration) Setup
Classico CLS-10
Subwoofer
Figure 3. Example of a Stereo with Subwoofer (2.1 Configuration) Setup
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Installation
Connecting Your Classico CL-2s
Caution: Failure to turn off the receiver or amplifier and unplug it from the
power outlet before connecting your speakers may cause damage to your
system. You should always turn the receiver or amplifier off before making
or changing any connections.
Unpacking and Inspection
Each Classico CL-2 and its accompanying owners' manual are packaged together in a
single carton. Carefully inspect them immediately after unpacking. If you note any
concerns or shipping damage, please contact your dealer. Do not install or use your CL-2s
if they appear to be damaged.
Additional Items Required for Installation
The following additional items are required when installing your Classico CL-2s and
connecting them to your system:
Item
Description
Mounting Hardware
A bookshelf or cabinet shelf, a floor stand,
table stand, or a wall mount should be used for
mounting your CL-2s. Some of these can be
obtained from your local AGA dealer.
Connecting Wire
AGA recommends high-quality 18-ga. or larger
connecting cables. There are several high-quality
speaker wires available, and you can discuss the
possibilities with your AGA dealer.
Adjustable Wrench
A small adjustable wrench should be used to
carefully tighten the speaker connections.
Connect the positive (+) (red) and negative (-) (black) terminals of each speaker to the
corresponding positive (+) and negative (-) speaker terminals on your receiver or amplifier.
Note: Be sure to maintain proper phasing by connecting the positive terminal on the
amplifier/receiver to the positive terminal on each speaker. DO NOT REVERSE ANY
OF THE CONNECTIONS. If you do, that speaker will be out of phase with the other
speakers, resulting in reduced bass, lack of imaging and harsh midrange sound.
Attaching the Grilles
The Classico Series grilles are held on to the speakers by magnets imbedded in the baffle
itself. Simply place the grilles carefully in position and they will "latch on" to the speakers.
If critical listening is your thing, you'll find a slight improvement in the speaker's imaging
and soundstaging with the grilles removed.
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9
Installation
Connecting Your Classico CL-2s
Caution: Failure to turn off the receiver or amplifier and unplug it from the
power outlet before connecting your speakers may cause damage to your
system. You should always turn the receiver or amplifier off before making
or changing any connections.
Unpacking and Inspection
Each Classico CL-2 and its accompanying owners' manual are packaged together in a
single carton. Carefully inspect them immediately after unpacking. If you note any
concerns or shipping damage, please contact your dealer. Do not install or use your CL-2s
if they appear to be damaged.
Additional Items Required for Installation
The following additional items are required when installing your Classico CL-2s and
connecting them to your system:
Item
Description
Mounting Hardware
A bookshelf or cabinet shelf, a floor stand,
table stand, or a wall mount should be used for
mounting your CL-2s. Some of these can be
obtained from your local AGA dealer.
Connecting Wire
AGA recommends high-quality 18-ga. or larger
connecting cables. There are several high-quality
speaker wires available, and you can discuss the
possibilities with your AGA dealer.
Adjustable Wrench
A small adjustable wrench should be used to
carefully tighten the speaker connections.
Connect the positive (+) (red) and negative (-) (black) terminals of each speaker to the
corresponding positive (+) and negative (-) speaker terminals on your receiver or amplifier.
Note: Be sure to maintain proper phasing by connecting the positive terminal on the
amplifier/receiver to the positive terminal on each speaker. DO NOT REVERSE ANY
OF THE CONNECTIONS. If you do, that speaker will be out of phase with the other
speakers, resulting in reduced bass, lack of imaging and harsh midrange sound.
Attaching the Grilles
The Classico Series grilles are held on to the speakers by magnets imbedded in the baffle
itself. Simply place the grilles carefully in position and they will "latch on" to the speakers.
If critical listening is your thing, you'll find a slight improvement in the speaker's imaging
and soundstaging with the grilles removed.
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Speaker Settings in a Surround Sound
Receiver or Processor
If you are using a contemporary surround sound receiver or processor, you’ll need to set
the speaker parameters properly to maximize your system's performance. After your
speakers are properly connected, turn on the receiver or processor, enter the setup menu,
and navigate to the speaker settings menu. Adjust the speaker settings as follows:
Surround Sound Receiver or Processor Speaker Settings
Speaker Size: Assuming you’re using a subwoofer, set the Classico CL-2s to Small.
If Small isn't a choice, check the electronics owners manual and find the setting that
removes the deep bass from the speakers. The Small setting also guarantees the least
amount of risk to the loudspeakers of being overdriven and/or damaged. This is the
setting that you'll want if maximum output capability and bass control is a priority.
Crossover Frequency: If the electronics allow you to choose the crossover frequency for
the speakers, start with 80Hz for your Classico CL-2s. Listen to well-recorded information
with good bass content and evaluate the deep bass, mid-bass, and the transition between
the CL-2s and the subwoofer with different crossover frequency settings.
In most cases, you should try to keep the system crossover below 120 Hz unless using an
AGA CLS-10 or CLS-12 subwoofer. Both of these sub models utilize our proprietary BLAST
system and have been specifically developed to reproduce accurate bass frequencies as
high as 200 Hz. The implementation of higher crossover frequencies is usually associated
with muddy sound and a lack of system integration, which leads to severely limited
subwoofer placement options.
Note: The right balance of bass for music generally isn't satisfying for movie special
effects. So you may want to set one bass level on the sub or in the receiver/processor
for movies and a setting with a little less bass for music (try reducing the sub output
by 1 to 2 dB for music, to start).
Advanced Connection: If you are an experienced listener, you should try connecting the
Front Left and Right speakers with the polarity reversed. [i.e., positive (+) (red) on Amp to
negative (-) (black) on Speaker, and negative (-) (black) on Amp to positive (+) (red) on
Speaker]. Listen closely to the differences from the standard polarity hook-up, as this
reverse polarity variable in the system can yield significant performance gains with a
reversed polarity setup. Once you have determined which connection option sounds best,
continue connecting all of the other system speakers with the same polarity.
Note: If you do decide to use a "reversed" polarity scheme, be certain that the
subwoofer phase is set to 180 degrees instead of 0 degrees.
Breaking in Your CL-2s
Your new Gallo loudspeakers require a short period of operating time (a “break-in” period)
to develop their full sound potential. The break-in period requires approximately 50 hours
of operation, although you can expect to hear a marked increase in performance within
the first 20 hours. If possible, experiment with placement of your loudspeakers after these
first 20 hours of operation (in particular, proximity of the speakers to walls and placement
of the subwoofer) to try and achieve the best balance of sound and bass performance
over the broadest listening area. If you're using a Classico subwoofer, please see the
section "Subwoofer Placement Recommendations" in its owners manual.
Enjoy!
You'll enjoy a sonic experience that goes beyond simple reproduction and envelopes the
listener within a fully engaging audio experience. Many AGA customers have told us that
using our products often result in a deeply involving, even emotional experience. So now
that you've been so diligent to read through this manual sit back and experience what we
at Gallo strive for, nothing but complete excellence.
Note: Always follow the instruction manual for your surround sound receiver or
processor when adjusting speaker settings.
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Speaker Settings in a Surround Sound
Receiver or Processor
If you are using a contemporary surround sound receiver or processor, you’ll need to set
the speaker parameters properly to maximize your system's performance. After your
speakers are properly connected, turn on the receiver or processor, enter the setup menu,
and navigate to the speaker settings menu. Adjust the speaker settings as follows:
Surround Sound Receiver or Processor Speaker Settings
Speaker Size: Assuming you’re using a subwoofer, set the Classico CL-2s to Small.
If Small isn't a choice, check the electronics owners manual and find the setting that
removes the deep bass from the speakers. The Small setting also guarantees the least
amount of risk to the loudspeakers of being overdriven and/or damaged. This is the
setting that you'll want if maximum output capability and bass control is a priority.
Crossover Frequency: If the electronics allow you to choose the crossover frequency for
the speakers, start with 80Hz for your Classico CL-2s. Listen to well-recorded information
with good bass content and evaluate the deep bass, mid-bass, and the transition between
the CL-2s and the subwoofer with different crossover frequency settings.
In most cases, you should try to keep the system crossover below 120 Hz unless using an
AGA CLS-10 or CLS-12 subwoofer. Both of these sub models utilize our proprietary BLAST
system and have been specifically developed to reproduce accurate bass frequencies as
high as 200 Hz. The implementation of higher crossover frequencies is usually associated
with muddy sound and a lack of system integration, which leads to severely limited
subwoofer placement options.
Note: The right balance of bass for music generally isn't satisfying for movie special
effects. So you may want to set one bass level on the sub or in the receiver/processor
for movies and a setting with a little less bass for music (try reducing the sub output
by 1 to 2 dB for music, to start).
Advanced Connection: If you are an experienced listener, you should try connecting the
Front Left and Right speakers with the polarity reversed. [i.e., positive (+) (red) on Amp to
negative (-) (black) on Speaker, and negative (-) (black) on Amp to positive (+) (red) on
Speaker]. Listen closely to the differences from the standard polarity hook-up, as this
reverse polarity variable in the system can yield significant performance gains with a
reversed polarity setup. Once you have determined which connection option sounds best,
continue connecting all of the other system speakers with the same polarity.
Note: If you do decide to use a "reversed" polarity scheme, be certain that the
subwoofer phase is set to 180 degrees instead of 0 degrees.
Breaking in Your CL-2s
Your new Gallo loudspeakers require a short period of operating time (a “break-in” period)
to develop their full sound potential. The break-in period requires approximately 50 hours
of operation, although you can expect to hear a marked increase in performance within
the first 20 hours. If possible, experiment with placement of your loudspeakers after these
first 20 hours of operation (in particular, proximity of the speakers to walls and placement
of the subwoofer) to try and achieve the best balance of sound and bass performance
over the broadest listening area. If you're using a Classico subwoofer, please see the
section "Subwoofer Placement Recommendations" in its owners manual.
Enjoy!
You'll enjoy a sonic experience that goes beyond simple reproduction and envelopes the
listener within a fully engaging audio experience. Many AGA customers have told us that
using our products often result in a deeply involving, even emotional experience. So now
that you've been so diligent to read through this manual sit back and experience what we
at Gallo strive for, nothing but complete excellence.
Note: Always follow the instruction manual for your surround sound receiver or
processor when adjusting speaker settings.
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Classico CL-2 Specifications
Frequency Response
39 Hz – 22 kHz ±3 dB in-room
Impedance
4 Ohms, nominal
Sensitivity
90 dB at 2.83 volts, 1 meter
Power Handling
100 watts undistorted amplifier power
Minimum Suggested Power 15 watts RMS
Tweeter
CDT 3 Cylindrical Diaphragm Transducer, 180° dispersion
Woofer
One 5.25-inch moving coil polymer damped carbon fiber
Internal Crossover
None required
Enclosure Type
BLAST Transmission Line using patented S2 bass loading
Enclosure Composition
3/4-inch internally braced MDF
Finishes
Genuine cherry or ash veneers, dark cherry or black ash finish
Connections
Custom Gallo 5-way gold-plated binding posts
Dimensions
Width: 7.0 in. (17.8 cm)
Height: 13.4 in. (34.0 cm)
Depth: 9.0 in. (22.8 cm)
Weight
12.5 lbs. (5.7 kg)
Warranty - One year parts and labor. Five years if product is registered within 60 days of
purchase and with all documentation.*
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*
Documentation is necessary for us to determine the purchase authenticity of all AGA
products.
*
AGA does not authorize any online reseller of any type to sell our products,
except our own site, www.roundsound.com. If purchased from an un-authorized
online reseller, there will be no support or warranty service provided for products
purchased.
Warranty and Extended Service Agreement
AGA speakers are covered by a one-year Limited Warranty against defects in workmanship
and manufacturing. In addition, we offer registered Gallo owners a free four-year
Extended Service Agreement.
In order to qualify for the Extended Service Agreement you must fill out and return the
warranty card or register on our web site: https://www.roundsound.com/registration.php.
This will establish your ownership and activate the free four-year Extended Service
Agreement for your speakers. When you enter the information, you will need the serial
number of each speaker. The serial numbers are located on the label at the rear of each
speaker.
The one-year warranty is valid for the original purchaser only and is not transferable or
assignable. The Extended Service Agreement is also only valid for the original registered
purchaser.
Statement of Warranty: Anthony Gallo Acoustics Limited Warranty
You must purchase Anthony Gallo Acoustics products from an authorized AGA Dealer,
GalloDirect.com or an authorized AGA Distributor in order to qualify for warranty service
and be eligible to receive the four-year Extended Service Agreement. If you purchased your
product from any other source, your product(s) warranty is void and you are not eligible
for the Extended Service Agreement.
Anthony Gallo Acoustics warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship under the specified terms stated above. Anthony Gallo Acoustics will, at its
option, repair or replace this product and/or any parts proven to be defective in materials
or manufacture. The original sales invoice must be presented along with the request for
warranty repair by the original owner and the product must be registered with Anthony
Gallo Acoustics in order to verify ownership.
Terms of the Extended Service Agreement are the same as those within this warranty
policy.
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Classico CL-2 Specifications
Frequency Response
39 Hz – 22 kHz ±3 dB in-room
Impedance
4 Ohms, nominal
Sensitivity
90 dB at 2.83 volts, 1 meter
Power Handling
100 watts undistorted amplifier power
Minimum Suggested Power 15 watts RMS
Tweeter
CDT 3 Cylindrical Diaphragm Transducer, 180° dispersion
Woofer
One 5.25-inch moving coil polymer damped carbon fiber
Internal Crossover
None required
Enclosure Type
BLAST Transmission Line using patented S2 bass loading
Enclosure Composition
3/4-inch internally braced MDF
Finishes
Genuine cherry or ash veneers, dark cherry or black ash finish
Connections
Custom Gallo 5-way gold-plated binding posts
Dimensions
Width: 7.0 in. (17.8 cm)
Height: 13.4 in. (34.0 cm)
Depth: 9.0 in. (22.8 cm)
Weight
12.5 lbs. (5.7 kg)
Warranty - One year parts and labor. Five years if product is registered within 60 days of
purchase and with all documentation.*
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*
Documentation is necessary for us to determine the purchase authenticity of all AGA
products.
*
AGA does not authorize any online reseller of any type to sell our products,
except our own site, www.roundsound.com. If purchased from an un-authorized
online reseller, there will be no support or warranty service provided for products
purchased.
Warranty and Extended Service Agreement
AGA speakers are covered by a one-year Limited Warranty against defects in workmanship
and manufacturing. In addition, we offer registered Gallo owners a free four-year
Extended Service Agreement.
In order to qualify for the Extended Service Agreement you must fill out and return the
warranty card or register on our web site: www.roundsound.com/product-registration.php.
This will establish your ownership and activate the free four-year Extended Service
Agreement for your speakers. When you enter the information, you will need the serial
number of each speaker. The serial numbers are located on the label at the rear of each
speaker.
The one-year warranty is valid for the original purchaser only and is not transferable or
assignable. The Extended Service Agreement is also only valid for the original registered
purchaser.
Statement of Warranty: Anthony Gallo Acoustics Limited Warranty
You must purchase Anthony Gallo Acoustics products from an authorized AGA Dealer,
www.roundsound.com, or an authorized AGA Distributor in order to qualify for warranty
service and be eligible to receive the four-year Extended Service Agreement. If you
purchased your product from any other source, your product(s) warranty is void and you
are not eligible for the Extended Service Agreement.
Anthony Gallo Acoustics warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship under the specified terms stated above. Anthony Gallo Acoustics will, at its
option, repair or replace this product and/or any parts proven to be defective in materials
or manufacture. The original sales invoice must be presented along with the request for
warranty repair by the original owner and the product must be registered with Anthony
Gallo Acoustics in order to verify ownership.
Terms of the Extended Service Agreement are the same as those within this warranty
policy.
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This warranty and the Extended Service Agreement will be void if:
1. The defect is a result of abuse, misuse, damage in transit, defective associated
equipment, faulty installation, the use of the unit with equipment for which it was not
intended, or acts of God.
2. The unit has been operated contrary to instructions contained in this Owner’s Manual.
3. The unit has been serviced by unauthorized personnel.
Service
If your speakers require repair:
1. Please contact the authorized local Anthony Gallo Acoustics dealer from whom the
product was originally purchased. It is necessary to have the original sales receipt available
to confirm warranty eligibility.
2. If it is impractical or impossible to contact your original dealer, refer to the Dealer
Locator section found on www.roundsound.com. Locate your nearest authorized dealer
and contact the dealer to arrange for service. Most AGA dealers can help you with
problems and repairs. If this is not the case please contact us directly. In the USA you can
contact AGA directly at 1-818-341-4488.
3. If you choose to, you can send your product to Anthony Gallo Acoustics Factory Service.
Carefully pack the product in its original carton, obtain a Return Authorization as detailed
below and ship it to our service center. A copy of your receipt will be necessary to confirm
ownership and warranty status. Please call the service center for an RA#. Have available a
description of the problem you are experiencing, your return address, and daytime phone
number. We suggest you choose a carrier that provides parcel tracking and be sure to
insure the shipment for replacement value.
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Owner’s Manual
Classico CL-2 Loudspeakers
Anthony Gallo Acoustics
20841 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
It is very important that you fill out the Warranty Information on the back of this
card and return it to us. Or, go to www.roundsound.com/product-registration.php
and register. This will ensure that you are eligible for our free four-year Extended
Service Agreement.
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Phone (818) 341-4488 • Fax (818) 341-2188
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