Revel Concerta2 CES 2015 Review
We’ve already discussed the exciting video trends that emerged from this year’s International CES: vast improvements in the usability and simplicity of television user interfaces; quantum leaps in color reproduction and dynamic range. Stepping back and reflecting on the show, though, I’m starting to see that there was a pretty undeniable trend in the audio world, too: a wealth of incredibly high-performance speakers for not a lot of money. GoldenEar bowed its incredible Triton Five. Paradigm finally unveiled its Prestige 55C center speaker, rounding out the impressive new line. And Revel introduced a complete revamp of its affordable (but oh-so-sweet-sounding) Concerta series, dubbed Concerta2.
If you followed that last link, you may have noticed that the existing Concerta lineup is a little—how shall we say it?—austere. All hard edges and exposed fasteners. That certainly doesn’t affect the sound, but it seems that even Revel agreed that the family need a little sprucing up on the aesthetic side of things. Hence, you’ll find that the Concerta2 Series is a lot more refined, with graceful contours, saucy high-gloss finishes, and a much more elegant look overall.
Complementing the high-gloss finish of the speakers (in your choice of black or white), the new Concerta2 speakers sport beautiful matte-finish black trim rings around each driver, and a black matte tweeter waveguide, along with a magnetic grille that you probably won’t even want to use, since the face of each speaker is unmarred by fasteners.
That’s just scratching the surface of the Concerta2 redesign, though. Literally. Inside you’ll find new technologies borrowed from the company’s renowned Performa3 Series loudspeakers, including a 1-inch aluminum tweeter with integral phase ring and the company’s patented fourth-generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide, which improves the blend between tweeters and woofers and enhances off-axis performance to ensure that the speakers sound great from any seat in the room.
The speakers also feature newly designed ribbed aluminum cone woofers designed to increase rigidity, reduce mass, and minimize distortion. “The result is transducers that behave like ideal pistons throughout their operating range, which is fundamental to Revel’s DNA,” says the press release.
The new Concerta3 lineup is comprised of two floorstanding speakers—the F36, which features three three 6.5-inch woofers; and the F35, which features three 5.25-inch woofers—the M16 bookshelf monitor, which features a single 6.5-inch woofer; the S16 surround speaker, which also features a 6.5-inch woofer; the C25 center speaker, with two 5.25-inch woofers; and the B10 powered sub, which boasts a 10-inch driver and 800 watts of internal amplification.
Pricing will be as follows:
- F36 2.5-way floorstanding tower—SRP: $2,000/pair
- F35 2.5-way floorstanding tower—SRP: $1,500/pair
- M16 2-way bookshelf monitor—SRP: $850/pair
- C25 2.5-way center channel—SRP: $750/each
- S16 2-way surround speaker—SRP: $1,000/pair
- B10 powered subwoofer—SRP: $1,500/each
“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 Luxury Audio Group. “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.”
The only bad news: the new Concerta3 speakers aren’t scheduled to arrive on the marketplace until the fall of 2015.