Loud­speak­ers of the Year $2000-$10,000

Loud­speak­ers of the Year $2000-$10,000

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Revel is a ded­i­cated high-end brand founded by Har­man In­ter­na­tional in 1996, and the F208s were de­signed by Kevin Voeks, Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing at Revel since that time, pre­vi­ously the head de­signer at Snell, and be­fore that at Mi­rage. The her­itage shines through here in the $9995 F208 floor­standers, first in­tro­duced in 2014. How come we’re award­ing a prod­uct that’s four years old? This hap­pens some­times when an ex­ist­ing model comes in for re­view, or gets new dis­tri­bu­tion in Aus­tralia, and then so im­presses us that we can’t help but give it the recog­ni­tion it de­serves.

Th­ese gor­geous floor­standers were just such a pair — en­ergy with­out ag­gres­sion, so ac­cu­rate, so mu­si­cal, so nat­u­ral-sound­ing that we were cap­ti­vated. Revel’s Per­forma3 Se­ries falls ex­actly in the mid­dle of Revel’s five dif­fer­ent se­ries (not count­ing its ar­chi­tec­tural speak­ers), yet the curvy cab­i­nets are sim­i­lar to those used for the com­pany’s flag­ship Ul­tima2 Se­ries, be­ing formed with con­tigu­ous wood lay­ers and fin­ished in high-gloss pi­ano black or gen­uine Amer­i­can wal­nut us­ing a process Revel says: “is de­vel­oped and over­seen by Ital­ian lux­ury cab­i­net-mak­ers and ex­ceeds au­to­mo­tive fin­ish qual­ity”. But it’s their sound that wins the award — the sonic pu­rity of the tre­ble, an in­cred­i­bly re­al­is­tic stereo image, neu­tral midrange, deep bass and the abil­ity for the driv­ers to ‘stop’ when re­quired. It’s all here. More info: www.con­voy.com.au

JUDGES’ COM­MENT “Th­ese Rev­els are gor­geous loud­speak­ers to look at, but it’s their sound that wins the award — en­ergy with­out ag­gres­sion, so ac­cu­rate, so mu­si­cal, so nat­u­ral-sound­ing. We were cap­ti­vated.”

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