Originally Posted by Alex solomon
This the first time I have seen someone recommending a center channel from a different line, albeit from the same manufacturer, over three identical speakers for the front three. Unless there is some shortcomings in the M22's when used as a center, I say go for three M22 if your setup allows.
Well for one thing, can you even buy the M22s as singles? And even if you can, a M22 only has "flush" and "stand" boundary options, not a "TV" option like the C32. The C12 doesn't have any at all, but it was actually designed to be just above or below a TV. Plus, as the director of engineering at one of Revel's competitors once said:
Even if you did use three of exactly the same speaker for the front channels, without a TV, they won't sound the same. The output from the L and R channels is being shadowed by your head differently than a speaker that is pointing straight ahead
Here is the response I got from Revel CS about using M22s with a Concerta CC and surrounds:
Thank you for your email regarding your Revel speakers. Replacing the
M12's with M22's would improve the sound of your system, but I do not
believe you would find any timbre mismatch. While the driver complements
are not the same from the Concerta to the Performa series, the sound
quality is close enough that you should not notice any lack of cohesion
through the various speakers. Any of the combinations you describe
should work well. The M12 and M22 do share a common pedestal. The C12,
C32 and C52 also share a common pedestal. Please let me know if you
Keep in mind too, that while I have no doubts the Performas are better than the Concertas in every way, IE - drivers, crossovers, cabinet bracing, and just plain built better to higher tolerances, if
however, the Concertas were also assembled in CA instead of Mexico, they would prolly cost significantly higher than they do (IOW, the F12 would prolly retail for at least $2000, maybe even $2500 or more).
Basically what I'm trying to say here is that there is not as dramatic a difference between them as you might think.
This exactly what I did too, I snagged a pair of the maple M22s for the main L/R channels, and IMO, they are definitely better than the M12s. Not a dramatic, night and day kind of difference better mind you, but noticeably so nonetheless. And as someone else has already pointed out on this thread, with the clearance price the maple M22s are currently going for, they are not really all that much more than a pair of M12s, so it's almost a no brainer. You will definitely know where that few extra hundred $$$ went when you hear them.
However, I could not justify paying more for a C32 than another pair of M22s cost just for movie soundtracks though.
Then again, my priority is admittedly 2 channel music much more so than movies, which is exactly where the difference between the M22s and M12s shines through most much more so than movies.