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First off, thanks to everyone for the opinions, thoughts, advice, and comments. Greatly appreciated.

I'm very glad I made that 4 hour round trip. I auditioned the Revel F206 and F208, and a Kef 700 and a Paradigm Prestige 75F. I went in with a buying bias toward the Revel's, but in the end it didn't matter. The Paradigm's were nice sounding speakers but were too bright. I probably should have given the Kef's another listen, this time against the Revel's, but I eliminated them when they went up against the Paradigm's. I'm going with the F206s. The bass coming from the F208s was way too much for me . Another poster mentioned that the F206 was a better musical speaker, and I would agree. Although, if you really like some heavy hitting bass with your music then the F208 would fit perfectly. But for me it only took listening to two songs on the F208s to realize for my space (16x20) and with my Rythmik XVF15, the bass would be too overwhelming for my listening enjoyment. I felt the F206s brought the right amount of highs mixed in with a middle of the road bass that will suit me perfectly. I am going with the C208, though. When speaking with the installer I bought them from, who gave me an exceptional price, IMO, he suggested going with the larger center. If I would have gone with the C205 it wouldn't have been much of an upgrade, and that made no sense. Anyway, thanks again for the help, and I'm looking forward to delivery of my Revel's.
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First off, thanks to everyone for the opinions, thoughts, advice, and comments. Greatly appreciated.

I'm very glad I made that 4 hour round trip. I auditioned the Revel F206 and F208, and a Kef 700 and a Paradigm Prestige 75F. I went in with a buying bias toward the Revel's, but in the end it didn't matter. The Paradigm's were nice sounding speakers but were too bright. I probably should have given the Kef's another listen, this time against the Revel's, but I eliminated them when they went up against the Paradigm's. I'm going with the F206s. The bass coming from the F208s was way too much for me . Another poster mentioned that the F206 was a better musical speaker, and I would agree. Although, if you really like some heavy hitting bass with your music then the F208 would fit perfectly. But for me it only took listening to two songs on the F208s to realize for my space (16x20) and with my Rythmik XVF15, the bass would be too overwhelming for my listening enjoyment. I felt the F206s brought the right amount of highs mixed in with a middle of the road bass that will suit me perfectly. I am going with the C208, though. When speaking with the installer I bought them from, who gave me an exceptional price, IMO, he suggested going with the larger center. If I would have gone with the C205 it wouldn't have been much of an upgrade, and that made no sense. Anyway, thanks again for the help, and I'm looking forward to delivery of my Revel's.
Nice job! Looks like it was a very rewarding trip. Good choice going with the C208. If you have the room and the budget, it's the right move.

Now with the F206, I don't think you can go wrong but since I also listened to them side by side and chose the F208, I guess we can agree to disagree .

My family room is about 14.5'x 20.5' x 9' so I think my room is a little smaller. Just a little disclaimer that I listen to music pretty loud and I like bass and more importantly speakers that can produce dynamics with no strain or compression. And I'm talking about small differences.

What I observed was that the F206 being a smaller speaker suffers from a tiny bit of compression that the F208 does not. The F208 has more of an 'effortless' sound quality. With the F208, you can also listen to most music without a subwoofer and the quality of the bass is very solid.

Also, the F208 like the C208 has adjustment controls on the back. With my slightly live room, having the ability to turn the treble down my -.5 made a subtle but noticeable difference. The F208 and the F206 come with port bungs to help attenuate the bass to suit your room. So, in my room using the port bungs tightened up the bass even more and allowed me to use my sub.

If I ever move to a larger space, I will remove the port bungs. My plans are to not replace these speakers anytime soon if ever so I wanted to make sure I covered all the bases.

Just giving you any additional info that will help you reaffirm your decision or perhaps opt out for the F208. At least that was the point of this post.

Congrats! The revels do rock.
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