Wow...no one has heard them?
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I have the Strada mounted on a wall unit about 4 feet apart. I have heard both, the Stradas are more 3d than the Paradigm, they spread the sound out like nothing else especially since I have them on a Wall unit where the tv is, these were the only option to getting high end sound on a bookshelf. When I had them free standing 6 ft apart they were killer, I use them with a sub. Don't compare them to lesser Gallos, compare to the 3.5s which I have heard. the most lifelike of anything available bar none.
@Bbchem, thanks for the input. I have a pair of A'Divas I use on my desktop with a sub, and even a humble speaker like this one has the most amazing detail and imaging I've heard. My only concern with the Gallo speakers is the thin midbass between about 100hz and 500hz. I find myself missing the added weight of that range when listening to them.
Do the Stradas also suffer this, or are they filled out more competely? Other than that one thing...I think they are simply brilliant.
My Strada's on floor stands are flat to around 80 hz, and the midbass seems to have sufficient weight. I crossover to a TR3 sub at 80hz and transition is smooth. They seem to be voiced somewhat for boundary reinforcement but remain some of the most position neutral speakers I've ever used. I haven't heard the Paradigm's but the Strada's blew away anything else I auditioned.
I'm looking at getting a pair of Strada myself for my desktop. Please update us when you've made your decision. I can tell you I heard the 3.5 at last year's Apoxna show. Blew the doors off everything I heard except for a $75,000 Legacy system. If the Strada's sound even half as good, I'd pick them in a heart beat.
Also, have you seen the 6 moons review of the Strada as a desktop speaker? Very glowing review.