No room correction at this time. I used REW to dial in both speakers. I would have liked to have kept both speakers. They both sounded good but in different ways. To be fair when I first hooked up the Revel's I liked them more. I listened to them for about four days without going back to the Paradigm Persona's. They were definitely a bit smoother . I was going to cancel the shootout that I had planned and just sell the Paradigm Persona's. But at times there was sounds in some familiar songs that I wasn't hearing as clearly. Like background instruments. Also female vocals sometimes I wasn't understanding when it was a whisper or softly sang.
Then after that four days my wife came in finally to hear them. I told her my plans so she started listening. So I turned them on and she listened for about an hour. Then she looked at me and said ok hook the Paradigm Persona's back up. I did and moved them into position. Turned them on and she listened for about 15 minutes. And just smiled. She said that's more like it. And actually at this time I was already rethinking my decision. Because what I was hearing was now slightly different.
She explained it like this and it was exactly what I was hearing. I just couldn't figure out how to explain it. She said they both sound good. But the Revel's make me sleepy. And the Paradigm Persona's make me happy.
So now I called my fellow AVS buddies over to do the shootout. This was NOT a carefully controlled test. They were both seen. You could definitely tell which ones were playing. So take that for what it's worth.
I first had the Revel's in place. And both guys liked them. Good depth of image. Smooth sounding we're the comments. Deep bass also. Then I hooked up the Persona's and one of the guys sat in the sweet spot for a long time. I actually have a video of this. Shaking his foot to the music. I then told the other to come and get in there. THe first guy has Aerial 7T speakers. The second is an unseasoned audiophile in the making. I stopped the music and said I know which ones you guys are going to pick. The one with the Aerial's said ok which ones. I said the Revel's. He said nope. He said apparently I like me some berylium. He said he thought I was cheating and had my center channel on. So he got up to make sure. He said the center image and soundstage we're the best he had ever heard. He said the bass and everything is so fast. So articulate but not edgy sounding in the high frequencies. And he explained it similar to my wife. He said he couldn't quite put his finger on it but he loved the Persona's. The way they made him feel. He started considering selling his Aerial's. We had listened to each for about an hour and a half on that day. The other guy said he liked the deeper bass of the Revel's but liked everything else on the Paradigm. Both agreed that the Paradigm had really fast articulate bass. The one said that they the Persona's didn't go as deep.
Then I had two teenage boys listen to them. And both of them liked the Persona's better also. They both had popped there heads in several times during all the listening and never commented either way. Then I asked them what they thought. And both said sell the Revel's.
So in my room the Persona's we're lightning fast from the bass on up. Which give you a feeling of wanting to get up and dance. Make you smile as my wife put it. She said it's not only the bass but the mid-range was so alive. You can hear everything. And none of it is harsh sounding as some others have said about the Persona's.
So in my room the more accurate speaker didn't win out. I actually thought it would. To be fair though everyone liked the Revel's and without hearing the Persona's would have been very happy with them. And on poorly recorded music the Revel's are easier to listen to. But on well recorded music the Persona's sing.
Again this was in my room. With my gear. I am not trying to take away from the Revel's. I liked them. And at first thought I was keeping them. But after several hours listening I bought the speakers that made me want to tap my feet and get up and dance.