I have been an exclusive Monitor Audio owner for the past several years, but this week purchased an all Revel setup for my HT. This consists of pairs of the Performa F52's (mains), F32's (rear) and the I30 In-wall as my center channel. They are barely setup and certainly not broken in but already I feel that I have reached a whole new level of sound quality. Prior to the Revels, my music listening was mostly confined to back ground listening in a multi channel format. With the F52's, I have discovered what really good quality pair of full range speakers can do for music. The imaging, sound stage and tonal quality of the F52's is something I had never experienced before in my home. In the brief time I have had them, I have been listening to some of my musical favorites and even with my rather poor source player (Toshiba HD-XA1), hasty setup and limited positioning options, the F 52's produce a sound that I can only describe as like a live performance. The fact that these are beautifully crafted pieces of furniture only adds to the enjoyment.
It is true that I am in the Honeymoon phase with these speakers and the HT/multichannel performance is not dramatically different than it was with the Monitor Audios, but the 2 channel performance of the F-52's has brought me to a level of music listening enjoyment that I had not experienced before. I was fortunate in that I was able to audition these speakers before purchasing. The audition opened my eyes to what is possible with good source material, player, amplification and properly setup speakers like the F52's.
If anyone has a recommendation for a good source player for two channel ( I just sold my Denon 3910), I'd like to hear it. My other equipment is a Parasound C2 SSP and a Sunfire Sig 400/5 Multi Amp.
Obviously, I am happy with this purchase and now I get it when people rave about a speakers imaging and soundstage. For me, these speakers were worth every penny spent. To quote a line from one of my favorite movies, come on in boys, the waters fine.