Originally Posted by Rex Anderson
Very interested to hear your thoughts on that one. I have heard quite a few Genelec speakers, owned some for a while and worked in other control rooms with them. It looks so small next the the Revel....
Be sure to let us know how they compare in output capability, how many watts you are using to drive the M126Be etc. Which Genelec model is that? Price/pair?
A few comments:
The Revels are the M105 - the power amp is a NAD 2200 which is a very capable amp
The Genelecs are the 8030C an are priced at around €1000/pair.
The primary goal of this test was simply to assess what two well measuring loudspeakers would do in my new living room (I've just moved last week) in terms of normal listening, output capability isn't really the primary concern here, although I imagine both will be similar. 5" woofers with similar cabinet volume/tuning frequency. The Genelec looks a good chunk smaller as it's made out of thin aluminium whereas the Revel has a thick, braced MDF cabinet.
So.. A sighted test it was then. I used a DSP unit to level match and route the left stereo channel to both speakers. A/B testing took less than 0,5s Since I own and enjoy both models, I did my best to be as objective as possible. I also switched them around physically at some point so that location would not give the edge to one or the other. No REW meausrements at this point since I'm still unpacking boxes daily.
In terms of timbre, they sound quite similar. If I had to give it a percentage, I'd say 70%. The differences to my ears were mostly in the treble range. The Genelec sounded a bit softer/laid back, whereas the Revels sounded a tad more forward/brighter/airy by comparison. The biggest variable whether one or the other sounded better, was the program material and even then it's most noticable in a direct A/B comparison. The other and most substantial difference was the spacial aspect. It's been said here before, but Revel speakers have very wide and even dispersion, and even in a mono test there is just a sense of depth to them that is not found in any cone/dome system I've experienced. Based on timbre in the absolute sense, with the program material I worked with today, I'd give the edge to the Genelec -today*-. In terms of spacial presentation the Revels win hands down.
*I say today, because my living room is very lively at this point, being quite empty still. I'll probably repeat this test in the future. Hopefully blind.
Aftermath: The anechoic data, which I hadn't looked at a for while, but did once the test was over, reveals that what I heard correlates with it. My ears still work to some degree it seems. In fact, based on the anechoic data, I made a small correction file for the M105 (-1dB / Q= 1,67 / 2000Hz and HS filter -3dB /12dB octave / 12500Hz) which in terms of timbre, placed it between the Genelec and the M105 without correction, to my ears - although with the added benefit of a more spacious soundfield. The filters can be turned off at any point, the high shelf filter is basically a fancy treble switch.