Originally Posted by astrallite
I agree that the M20 is better than the M22, and that Revel did some cost cutting in terms of cabinet rigidity from v1 to v2 Ultima although some will say the Beryllium driver makes up the difference.
Lots of points that can be debated withut question, and I agree the Beryllium tweeter without question has some advantages in the newer Revel Ultima line, but I have a hard time agreeing that the treble actually is better on the new Ultima series due to the passive xover network. On the original Ulitmas the passive xover network left alot to be desired due to the substandard tolerance parts used in the construction. THe new Ultima 2 series xover parts are made with even cheaper components. When you spend the kind of money that basically can buy you a new car, Id expect things like the xovers to be built with much better and tighter tolerance, blocks,caps and inductors. I was disgusted when I broke down my Salons to find the lack of quality used in the xovers included, and even more so with the Salon 2's. Side by side comparisons I felt the original Salons still overall were better stock. And the new cabinets in the Ultima 2's, are just cheaply made period and resonate significantly more. One thing I do like better on the Salon 2's though is the redesign and downward firing bass port. Allows for easier room placement and smoother bass response. The original Salon's needed to be pulled really far away from the rear wall to sound their best, and I found that foam plugs in the ports made the bass response much smoother as well. I am actually thinking though about making some custom feet for my Salons, and relocating the rear firing ports to point downward(plugging up the rear with an mdf plug, and using a router to install the port to face downward under the bass of the bass enclosure, and then adding more cascading bracing inside)and refinishing the entire cabinet with a higher grade 3 step automotive paint process.