Originally Posted by konoyaro
I'm in the market for some floor standing speakers in the $1,500 ~ $2,000 price range so I was interested to learn about the Revel Concerta 2 series. I found a dealer with a pair of the F36 available for demo so I went for a listen. I don't have any previous experience with Revel so I went in without expectations.
In general I liked the speakers but I had a problem with some characteristics.
Looked much better in person than the marketing pictures on Revel website would have you believe
Nicely crankable - the speakers maintained their characteristics when going from low to high volume
Sounded very good in the mids
Acoustic bass did not seem as tight / focused as I'd like
Vocals seemed somewhat recessed
Treble seemed a bit forward, so cymbals appear to be in front of the vocalist
I asked the dealer how long the speakers had been on the floor and was told that they probably had around 20 hours on them.
So for those who are familiar with the Revel sound and characteristics, is this a typical example of the Revel sound? Do they change much in presentation with use / over time?
Revel - generally speaking - makes some of the most accurate speakers available at any price. What you hear is typically going to be what is actually present on the recording, or perhaps a characteristic of the room in which they are located (this can particularly effect bass response). It could also be the settings on the amp or pre-pro - hard to say. Or it could simply be you don't like them
However, they do objectively measure as very flat and accurate speakers.
It helps to bring a variety of music you are familiar with, and ask to make sure that the receiver / pre-pro hooked up to the speakers is set to flat OR eq'd specifically for the speakers in the particular space they are located in. Hard sometimes to control all the variables.
I personally have a set of F35s in my living room and - speaking as a sometime film mixer and composer - they sound extremely clean and neutral. That's my overall impression of Revel sound.
As far as changing presentation over time, like
mentioned, the science would suggest it's more a matter of people getting used to how a speaker sounds over time than it is the speaker "breaking in."