Since it’s inception, Revel has garnered countless industry awards for their high end speaker lines, the Ultima and Performa series. Even though Revel is part of Harman’s luxury group, which includes the likes of Mark Levinson and JBL Synthesis, the company launched a more budget-conscious line with the Revel Concerta lineup, which catered to audiophile sound for those on a budget. The Concerta line was purported to have some of the technology from the Performa line trickle down and didn’t feature the premium veneer finishing of the more expensive cousins.
|Revel Concerta2 F36|
At CES, Revel announced and gave a preview of the all-new Concerta2 line-up which looks like a complete departure from the more pedestrian looks of the original line. Revel says that the new Concerta2 line incorporates numerous design and engineering upgrades over the original. Unlike the boxy look of the originals, the new line has a gorgeous, refined appearance with new contoured enclosures, high-gloss finishes and elegant design accents.
The Revel Concerta2 line is slated to be launched in the Fall of 2015 and is slated to include:
- F36 2.5-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, three 6.5-inch woofers; SRP: $2,000/pr)
- F35 2.5-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, three 5.25-inch woofers; SRP: $1,500/pr)
- M16 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer; SRP: $850/pr)
- C25 2.5-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, dual 5.25-inch woofers; SRP: $750/ea)
- S16 2-way surround speaker (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer; SRP: $1,000/pr)
- B10 powered subwoofer (10-inch woofer, built-in 800-watt amplifier; SRP: $1,500/ea)
The Revel B10 subwoofer monicker is a bit confusing since it was the same designation given to the older, wireless Concerta1 subwoofer.
The Concerta2 Series loudspeakers use a 1-inch aluminum tweeter with an integral phase ring, that Revel says is derived from their Performa3 Series. The tweeters are mated to Revel’s fourth-generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide that Revel aficionados will easily notice. Revel says that their waveguide optimizes the blend between the tweeter and woofers and improves off-axis performance for smoother, more consistent performance over a wide listening area.
The new woofers are ribbed aluminum cones and the enclosure is made from 3/4 MDF with non-parallel sidewalls to attenuate internal standing waves. Unlike the previous generation, the new models feature magnetic grilles, which now makes every speaker in the Revel lineup convert to the magnetic grille feature. The Concertas feature high-quality, gold-plated five-way binding posts.
The Concerta2 lineup will be available in high-gloss black and high-gloss white finishes. Wood veneers do not appear to be options for the new lineup.
Further specifications on each speaker in the lineup will be forthcoming.
|The Revel Concerta2 B10 Powered Subwoofer|