Originally Posted by bigwally
I snapped a couple of pics of before and after the Revel F208s found their home in my attic room.
My automatic turntable collection is less weird when compared to those who collect medical oddities.
The wide angle lens distorts things, but the rear of the speakers are two feet from the front wall, eight feet apart, and my chair is eight feet from either speaker.
The previous speakers were assembled using 12 ohm Peerless 6.5" drivers made for PSB Synchrony Ones in parallel for a two way design, and Vifa XT25 tweets. I was quite happy with them, but I gave the new Revel F208s the torture midrange test of Natalie Merchant performing "Life Is Sweet" and they did much better. Not necessarily a huge fan of Natalie Merchant, but that song brings many speakers to their knees because it is an effective midrange resonance generator without equal. What I had did well on that song, but they tipped into the resonance zone just enough to be annoying on occasion. No such problem now as the Revel mids are clearly miles from misbehaving. Very little chance I'll hear a dentist's drill again while enjoying my usual fare.
Interestingly, the new F208s are quite the bast#$ds to drive. I saw power meter lights on my Emotive XPA-2 (300w x 2 into 8ohms) I've not seen before. If you like to feel your sternum rattle when you're in a rock mood, have power. These Revels do it well. Once I calm down I'll get back with some observations about soundstage width and depth, whether or not they're beamy and call attention to themselves and define lateral width, and that sort of thing.
Great pics bigwally! I am waiting for my F208 and scheduled to be delivered on 25th (Tuesday) June. But will reschedule this to Saturday, so that I can be present to receive these. My center C208 with C Stand is coming on a different date, but possibly within a couple of days of the F208s. I am replacing my F52 with Performa 3s after reading all the good things about these, also, I wanted to have the newer models to keep them for next few years without worrying too much about an age-related issue.
Meantime, I am going to audition Parasound 5250 v.2 vis-a-vis my current Sunfire TGA-5200. I posted query to have some feedback in the AVSForum, but never got a clear and direct answer with a comparative statement between them. So, decided to try it myself. Will be interesting!
BTW, what you are going to use to drive these F208s? Are you going to get the Center or doing just Stereo for primarily music only? I will continue using my Integra 80.2 for now. But heard that Marantz 8801 might be a better option and match, since it is likely to have a wider sound stage and bit more fullness in sound than Integra..
Let's hope we both will enjoy our toys!
I am getting mine in Black, since my Sub (Submersive), TV and source (Oppo-103) all are black.