Originally Posted by Bobsled11
I was wondering if anyone could help me decide between the M105 vs. M106 for use as mains in a sub/sat system for music.
I have a pretty decent pro audio gear-based rig to feed them, so it's not a problem for me to cross the subs very steeply (LR8) if that helps with the decision. EQ is also doable but I'm hoping these will be neutral enough not to EQ. Crossover point would be 80Hz (works well in my room), and the room is open concept so they would be well away from the back walls. I don't need to play loud, in fact the opposite -- my wife hates music at levels most people would consider reasonable, so low volume articulation is more important to me.
I've done a lot of searching of this forum and it looks like the spin-o-ramas from the M105 are generally a little better than the M106 (maybe because it's easier to cleanly integrate the tweeter and a smaller woofer?) although I'm guessing the M106 could potentially have lower distortion that's not evident on the spin-o-ramas.
I don't have a local Revel dealer (confirmed by e-mail to Harman -- incidentally, the person who answered was wonderfully nice), so I have to buy used, probably unheard. My current speakers are KEF R-series (2014 version) which are decent, but I find them somewhat dark, with an audible peak around 5k, and a lower midrange that has an odd indistinct/mufffled quality.
(If it made a huge difference, I'd also be willing to maybe entertain the M126be, but they'd be a lot harder to source for me and the spin-o-ramas from that one don't seem as smooth as the M105 so I'm thinking overall the M105 or M106 would be enough for now, but let me know if you think that could be a better option.)
Hi BobsledII - I have all three.
I replaced some ancient M22's with the M126be's in a then 5.1 home theater that doubles as my music room and living room and breakfast room. The room is large (19 x 27) and has several double door open areas to the dining room, kitchen and entry hall.
It's shocking how much better the M126be's are than the M22's. SteveH had told me they would be, but I was still surprised. Amazingly clear and unstressed highs, fantastic off access response (you don't lose highs as you rise from sitting or wander around the room).
I moved the M22's to the rear of the room and then added 4 CL763 in ceilings for Atmos - and I was quite happy.
Not too long after, I saw some ridiculously cheap used M105s on ebay and figured it would be worth replacing the M22's with them as the rears.
They sound great, but there was a notable loss of "volume" and bass from the rear of the room. However the tweeters were close (at least in pitch) to the M126be's, so I gave my M22's away and was happy.
Then...I saw another ridiculously low price for a pair of M106's on ebay...and said, well let's see.
I got the bass and 'volume' of sound back immediately.
I'm now using the M105's as near field speakers in my office. They sound nice, but are still lacking in bass, at least at the lower volumes that I play.
Right now I'm keeping everything as is, unless and until Revel comes out with some M226be's and some sort of Be center.
If you have a large room, even with a sub, I'd lean toward the M106's over the M105's, regardless of the spin-o-rama's. They seem to just put out more sound and sound very good. The M105's sound a bit like they are struggling in a larger space.
However, I you can afford it, skip both and get the M126be's. They are quite a bit better than either of the 105/106.