This is a new company but is headed up by people with plenty of industry experience, with the founder having spent many years with Dynaudio and Focal. At this stage the range is miniscule, comprising of two pair of speakers along with their matching stands.
It is hard not to like these speakers – their performance is exemplary. But it is their philosophy which also deserves attention. All speaker manufacturers are influenced by external forces, one of the main ones currently being their ability to integrate into modern lifestyle environments. It is obvious with many speakers that the design came first, and that it is then a case of getting the best performance out of a speaker of this design. This approach is understandable – your speakers are going to be part of your living environment for many years to come.
The Revival Audio approach was to design the best sounding speaker that they could, and then turn the result into a work of art. They were so intent on this approach that they did not even use off-the-shelf speaker drivers, which is the usual procedure for many manufacturers, but started by designing the drivers themselves. Coincidently the form factor that they finished with is reminiscent of many speakers designs of yesteryear – very traditional in their appearance. Revival Audio found that if you are designing a speaker where performance is the primary consideration, this is what they will look like.
It was obviously a wise move – Revival Audio speakers, hand-built in France, have quickly gathered a wide and passionate following, along with rave reviews. The two models, priced at $4k and $8k a pair, should be on everyone’s audition list.