Revel Gets Affordable

Perfectionist speaker brand Revel is taking a good-better-best approach to marketing, with the new Concerta 2 occupying the entry-level part of the spectrum, joining the step-up Performa 3 and step-way-up Salon. The Concerta 2 line includes the F36 tower, a 2.5-way design with three 6.5-inch woofers; the F35 tower, similar but with 5.25-inch woofers; the M16 monitor, with 6.5-inch woofer; the C25 center, 2.5-way with two 5.25-inch woofers; and the S16 surround, with 6.5-inch woofer. All models have a single one-inch tweeter and all drivers are aluminum. Design features include a fourth-generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide. There's also the B10 10-inch sub with 800-watt amp. Pricing ranges from $900/pair for the monitor to $2000/pair for the largest tower.

Thomas J. Norton's picture
The Revels were shown on static display only, a situation quite common at CEDIA (in contrast to CES where there's a whole hotel devoted to high-end audio demos). There are sound rooms on the show floor at CEDIA, either provided to manufacturers by CEDIA or fabricated by the companies themselves in their booths. Harman did have an elaborate and impressive AV demo in a room they constructed themselves, but it used JBL speakers.

My only disappointment with the Concerta2 line (without, to be fair, a detailed audition) is the lack of a 3-way center that the original Concertas offered.