I'm coming in very late in this thread but I just found out about it. There is a lot of misinformation running about on these pages and others and as such, I try to stay away. I simply don't have the time or patience to chime in on a regular basis to try to keep things straight. After 41 years at Harman as a loudspeaker designer, I am currently Chief Engineer for JBL, I have become increasingly annoyed by all of the false information being published in Audio Magazines regarding Revel. I am particularly bothered by the blatant WRONG information being stated over and over again regarding the Revel design engineer(s). For the most part, my designs have been properly attributed to me, whether liked or not. Unfortunately, the Revel speakers have not been properly assigned. The FACTS are as follows:
Mark Glazer is the ONLY Revel designer from the first model (Gem) to the current day. This applies to all Revel passive box speakers and all but a few of the in-wall offerings. Mark has been in charge of transducer selection, enclosure details and all crossover design. Exclusively! Anything published to the contrary is simply NOT CORRECT. Kevin Voecks is a Marketing guy. He is not an engineer and he has had nothing to do with the technical design of the Revel speakers. He is invaluable in the marketing and specification of the products and works closely with Mark in the voicing efforts. He is an important member of a team of professionals that bring Revel products to market.
Dr. Sean Olive and Dr. Floyd Toole have NO involvement with the design of any Revel speaker or for that matter, any JBL loudspeaker. Neither are design engineers and system development is not their function within Harman. Sean heads up the Subjective Evaluation Department and is responsible for, among many other things, the subjective evaluation of Harman loudspeakers relative to competition. This is simply another design tool we use at Harman along with the more traditional Anechoic measurements, computer based design methods and extensive listening sessions. This test is taken at the end of the design cycle as a sanity check and is used as an additional piece of data to close the loop on our designs. I can further say that no Revel box speaker has ever been altered in any way as a result of the subjective testing.
Please consider the substantial efforts of the design teams that create the products that you use and discuss on these forums. Although we don't always get things right by your standards, we do take our work seriously. As I mentioned, I have been with Harman for 41 years and Mark is approaching 20 years. He began with Infinity and transitioned to Revel at its inception. We certainly hope that you enjoy our products, but even if you don't, we still deserve to be given proper credit for what we have done.
I wish you all a Happy 2014 and continued good reading on this forum. (it is one of my favorites)