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Revel F36 loudspeaker Conclusion

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Revel Concerta2 F36

Revel’s F36 just may be the permanent cure for audiophile upgraditis

If you have to spend two plus months with a set of speakers for review, this is the kind of speaker you want—one that brings enjoyment each time to you fire it up. Simply put, Revel’s Concerta2 F36 loudspeaker is a spectacular achievement and time will tell if it becomes a classic. While it won’t reach the deep netherworld of bass notes, the range it covers is a masterpiece. If you’re the type of audiophile who suffers from constantly needing to upgrade your speaker, I have news for you: Revel’s F36 just may be the permanent cure for audiophile upgraditis.

Revel’s F36 just may be the permanent cure for audiophile upgraditis.

The speaker’s presentation is an absolutely enthralling. It will captivate you and—regardless of the genre—command and conduct every note with the utmost finesse or the force of a blacksmith’s stroke. To dial in that perfect bass, however, you'll want to have some sort of room correction to help with the low end since the F36s don't have the contour compensation switch that the more expensive lines do.

At $2,000/pair there are other speakers that may play deeper, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find many better overall performers at this price-point. Just one word to the wise, I recommend using the F36s in a large space. If you have a small room, the F36s may simply be too much speaker for that room and you might be better off looking at the bookshelf model.

If you’re lucky enough to own a home theater anchored by the F36s, you’ll be the most popular guy in town for movie night. In fact, to surpass the F36’s performance substantively you’ll likely need to spend thousands more.  Yes, the F36 is that good. The F36 is the kind of speaker you could live with for a lifetime of musical bliss and represents a worthy (though substantive) investment. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Revel’s Concerta2 F36 loudspeaker is a no-brainer, recommended with high marks, and will be on our shortlist of hot picks for speakers under $2,000/pair.

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Theo is a serious audiophile and home theater enthusiast—a passion he's enjoyed for over 20 years. He heads up many of our speaker system and receiver reviews as well as covering the latest in streaming technologies and Ultra HD video.

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shadyJ posts on February 20, 2022 18:53
500Homeruns, post: 1541036, member: 98135
Thanks for the excellent review!
I have owned a pair of F36’s for a few years now. I plan to use them in a surround setup (probably 5.2.4) in a home my wife and I are currently having built. The “theater” will be in a larger open concept area (living room/kitchen combined). My question is, will the Concerta2 C25 center channel speaker that is in the same series as the F36 be good enough to fill a large area? If not, does anybody have any recommendations for a center channel that will work well with the F36’s?
I think that would probably be a sufficient center for that space. You can always try it, and if you find it isn't upgrade from there. Any of the higher end Revels should do the job if your present center can;t quite handle it. If you want to be really sure, get the PerformaBe C426Be!
eddieg69, post: 1541124, member: 98137
What do you consider a small room. Mine is approx. 16 1/2 by 11 1/2.
I would consider that a small space, a bedroom-sized room.
eddieg69 posts on February 20, 2022 18:16
What do you consider a small room. Mine is approx. 16 1/2 by 11 1/2.
500Homeruns posts on February 20, 2022 12:53
Thanks for the excellent review!
I have owned a pair of F36’s for a few years now. I plan to use them in a surround setup (probably 5.2.4) in a home my wife and I are currently having built. The “theater” will be in a larger open concept area (living room/kitchen combined). My question is, will the Concerta2 C25 center channel speaker that is in the same series as the F36 be good enough to fill a large area? If not, does anybody have any recommendations for a center channel that will work well with the F36’s?
HJC001 posts on October 05, 2021 09:49
I think t-rex is big, slow, pondering, settles for lazy carrion or an easy catch. Scarily HEEEUGE(!) is its one impressive trick, so it's no utahraptor, for example. From Wikipedia, “In 2016 Rubén Molina-Pérez and Asier Larramendi estimated the largest specimen (BYU 15465) at 4.65 m (15.3 ft) long, 1.5 m (4.9 ft) tall at the hips and 280 kg (620 lb) in weight . . . ” SO, utahraptor is to salon what velociraptor is to f36! And we'd still runaway! Am I right? Thanks for the well-written, informative piece and comments. Best wishes.
head_unit posts on November 23, 2020 01:59
“This indicates a system tuning a bit too low for the available box size needed to produce a more optimal response. This isn't surprising as many speakers make this compromise in favor of aesthetics.” I don't see what that has to do with aesthetics, since a lower port is bigger. Per my friend who worked at Harman/JBL and designed many Revel drivers, the idea is the same as I applied in automotive audio: tune lower than “optimum” to have a more extended slower rolloff, to better match room gain. Regarding F3 and “optimum” folks are WAY too obsessed with F3. It is NOT some holy grail and it is NOT the best figure of merit. When I was lucky enough to meet Dick Small in Indiana in his Harman days, he agreed F3 was just a useful mathematical convenience grabbed from filter theory for his thesis.* It has nothing to do with loudspeakers in rooms; F6 or F10 are more relevant but aced out by F3 because of…Dick Small using that in his thesis! (Understand also this was before Allison had published work on boundary reinforcement http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=2760.)

(*He was a really nice guy, good humouredly laughing in surprise that I had a bootleg copy of his entire thesis Xeroxed out of Jim Novak's personal library. Now THAT, my friends, is some heavy bedtime reading…and yet at the same time, done in a clear manner, kudos Mr. Small!)
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