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Revel Concerta2 Loudspeaker Series Preview

The New Revel Concerta2 Series

The New Revel Concerta2 Series


  • Product Name: Concerta2 Series Speakers
  • Manufacturer: Revel
  • Review Date: November 24, 2015 00:00
  • MSRP: $varies
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now
  • F36 2.5-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, three 6.5-inch woofers, $,2000/pair)
  • F35 2.5-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, three 5.25-inch woofers, $1,600/pair)
  • M16 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer, $900/pair)
  • C25 2.5-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, dual 5.25-inch woofers, $750)
  • S16 2-way surround speaker (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer, $900/pair)
  • B10 powered subwoofer (10-inch woofer, built-in 800-watt amplifier, $1,500)
  • Tweeter: 1" Aluminum with integral phase ring
  • Woofers: Aluminum cone

Executive Overview

Perhaps more than any other company, Harman, the parent company of Revel, JBL, and more, is known for being a rockstar when it comes to audio research. This isn’t meant to diminish other manufacturers, but when you look at the well-loved work of Olive, Toole, and many others, combined with ownership of the no-holds-barred research facility in Northridge, Harman stands out. So when Revel, Harman’s luxury speaker brand, told us they’d be unveiling an update to their value-first Concerta line, with the Concerta2 promising top-notch performance based on technology from their high-end Performa3 Series, we were all ears. After seeing these classy speakers in person at CEDIA, which you can experience via the video on our facebook page, and hearing a little demo on the show floor, we can’t wait to get ears-on in a dedicated room.

Revel Concerta2 Room

The new Revel Concerta2 in a sleek white finish (black is also available).

The Concerta2 Series loudspeakers are a complete lineup of home theater and music loudspeakers that incorporate numerous design and engineering upgrades to deliver exceptional sound said to set a new benchmark in high-end loudspeaker value. Along with their improved audio performance, Revel Concerta2 loudspeakers have a refined appearance with new curved enclosures, high-gloss black or white finishes, and elegant design accents like magnetic grills. 

The six current models in the Concerta2 Series consist of the following: 

  • F36 2.5-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, three 6.5-inch woofers, $2,000/pair)
  • F35 2.5-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, three 5.25-inch woofers, $1,600/pair)
  • M16 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer, $900/pair)
  • C25 2.5-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, dual 5.25-inch woofers, $750)
  • S16 2-way surround speaker (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer, $900/pair)
  • B10 powered subwoofer (10-inch woofer, built-in 800-watt amplifier, $1,500) 

Revel Concerta2 Lineup

The Revel Concerta2 Lineup

Our Concerta2 Series isn’t just a minor upgrade – it incorporates technologies and materials that are directly drawn from our acclaimed Performa3 loudspeakers along with a host of new design elements,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN. “The result is a significant leap forward in aesthetics, music and home theater reproduction at prices that make true high-end sound attainable for a wider range of listeners.” 

Concerta2 Series loudspeakers employ a 1-inch aluminum tweeter with an integral phase ring, derived from Revel’s Performa3 Series, to deliver detailed and transparent high-frequency response. The tweeters are mated to a new, patented fourth-generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide that optimizes the blend between the tweeter and woofers and improves off-axis performance for smoother, more consistent performance over a wide listening area.

The newly designed woofers feature aluminum cones that help keep distortion to a minimum by improving rigidity without increasing mass. The result is transducers that behave like ideal pistons throughout their operating range, which is fundamental to Revel’s DNA. 

Every Revel Concerta2 model is designed using computer-optimized driver positioning and crossover network integration, resulting in optimized performance with accurate imaging and a lifelike, expansive soundstage or surround-sound environment for music and movies. The speakers’ best-in-class acoustic performance was further verified via their testing in the Northridge, California HARMAN Listening Lab, a one of-a-kind world-class facility purpose-built to advance the science and art of loudspeaker design through meaningful double-blind listening tests. 

The 2.5-way design of the towers and center speakers yields an increase in sensitivity that allows the Concerta2 speakers to match well while playing louder with less power needed than comparable 3-way designs. The S16 surround speakers are a monopole design and feature a keyhole mount, making them equally capable as main/front speakers that can be easily wall-mounted. 

Our Take

The Revel Concerta2 series loudspeakers are shipping now. At these prices, Revel is battling in the value space usually occupied by internet-direct speaker manufacturers, but coming to the table with an established name and heralded legacy. With Harman research and experience informing the sound design, and upscale touches like curved cabinets, high gloss finishes, and magnetic grills lending an air of sophistication, there is no doubt that the Revel Concerta2 Series is worth a serious listen when looking for the best sound for your buck. We are looking forward to doing a detailed review of this new series in the near future.

About the author:

Marshall is an Educator by trade, and currently lives in Oregon. He was lucky enough to grow up in a musical household, and though the AV equipment wasn't the greatest, it was always on. His dad introduced him to Queen, Paul Simon, and Sgt. Pepper's, and his mom played Lionel Richie and Disney Soundtracks. When Marshall was 14, his uncle passed down a pair of JBL towers and Marshall finally had his own system. Having enjoyed podcasting and video production over the past 10 years, Marshall is happy to be contributing at Audioholics.

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