So, Focal and Dynaudio had a love child that integrates the mid and tweeter along with image better than focal it’s got as much or more uncolored neutrality and punchy mid bass than a Dynaudio. Or at least for the sake of an A/B comparison I use the focal chorus 726 (msrp $1800) and a Dynaudio x34 (msrp $2800). The Revel really is in a class of its own, it does everything better, while generating a new level in dynamics from a 2-1/2 speaker design. The 5-1/4 bass drivers, while they don’t hit sub bass and need to be augmented are not to be taken lightly or you will be turning that sub down.
The off axis listening in both music and especially in 2 channel theater is nothing short of amazing, apparently all do to Revel’s Waveguide. Placement couldn’t easier and with the off axis being so good you barely need to toe them at all unless you’re trying to adjust timbre but I don’t see that. As well a little closer to the wall isn’t a bad thing to bring out a little more bass. And with Revel’s proprietary ports the bass maintains a control and composure of a much more expensive 3 way.
I compared right out of the box as the designers at Revel apparently are not believers in a “break in period”. This actually really surprised me and completely changed my mind on having to break in a speaker argument as audiophile urban myths. Don’t believe me? Buy a pair of these and get back to me.
Absolutely nothing to complain about in the least, especially at this price point, as a matter of fact they sound better than most speakers two to three times it’s price. I will be upgrading, but to a performa F206 or 208. And I can’t wait! Believe the hype, there’s a reason most dealers are sold out, even including the big box crutchfield and music direct can’t keep them in stock. I was just extremely lucky to find this pair of open box or close out on a pair of white F35’s for just over $1000 or $600 off retail. As well as reviews and awards from just about every major publication out.
Jan 25th 2021