Revel Performa3 F206 Review

REVEL Performa3 F206

01/30/2015 // PETER BANHOLZER

See you always meet twice in life - this experience have so many been able to experience or need. Before I begin with the test, I must therefore only announce my personal coming-out.

It is not about a statement like once in Biolek, Kerkeling, Westerwelle or Hitzelberger. I was there and that as a founding member of Sun Audio mid-1980s. As a former business student and hi-fi enthusiast, I have to build the now well-established company successfully accompanied two years and then sold my shares. This information do I owe you, and I promise to be at least as critical as with all other manufacturers and distributors at the same time against their products.

As far as the prehistoric times to the telephone conversation with Philipp Krauspenhaar, the head of Sun Audio, when he asked me if I'm interested in a test of the F-206th This type designation I initially thought more like a Formula One racer from Maranello, but soon I was informed that this was the second largest model in the series Performa 3 of the renowned American manufacturer REVEL.

 

Form follows function: Gorgeous curves and mirror finishes offer an attractive design and minimal reflections
Form follows function: Gorgeous curves and mirror finishes offer an attractive design and minimal reflections

 

I knew Dirk summer had visited the Revel factory in the States a few years ago and was full of praise about there very professional design and manufacture. REVEL developed all the speakers themselves, and has one of the most elaborate Hörlabore. In addition to advanced measurement methods are employed namely as the final arbiter on the human ear. In a multi-channel hearing laboratory MLL (Multi-Channel Listening Lab) are taken into account diverse housing conditions and carried out on a computerized exchange platform for speakers very elaborate blind tests.

 

Light and stiff: dome tweeter with wavy patented sonic guide of the latest generation
Light and stiff: dome tweeter with wavy patented sonic guide of the latest generation

 

Even with the housing development leaves you nothing to chance. So high-resolution laser interferometer for scanning the chassis are used to test for resonance points. This high-tech tool is also used in the design of the speaker housing and the internal bracing to eliminate unwanted resonances used. In the manufacturing REVEL attaches great importance to extremely low tolerances and promises that each speaker pair has only a deviation of the order by the fraction of a decibel to the reference pair.

 

Perfect handling: Good arranged speaker terminals with fully removable threaded attachment provide diverse connectivity options
Perfect handling: Good arranged speaker terminals with fully removable threaded attachment provide diverse connectivity options

The three-way box REVEL F206 is the "little" brother of the cheaper F-208th The assembly of the chassis is identical with the exception of two slightly smaller Basstöner. Particularly striking are the beautiful curves of slender columns, which determines not only every man positively eye-catching. Helmut Baumgartner was also very enthusiastic about the Lackfinish but had due to the spotless mirror-smooth finish its work cut when taking pictures. In addition to the model shown here in black piano lacquer surfaces more in piano lacquer are white and walnut glossy stock. Manufacturing technology, the rounded back casing is milled from two full MDF blocks and reinforced by targeted bracing. Sits between the likewise rounded roof element and the two side panels for resonance reduction nor a damping rubber-plastic mix.

 

The 13.3 centimeter midrange with aluminum cone and cast basket are like the tweeter also uses its big brother, the F208,
The 13.3 centimeter midrange with aluminum cone and cast basket are like the tweeter also uses its big brother, the F208,

 

When tweeter is REVEL own way with a patented sound guidance, called CAI (Constant Acoustic Impedance), which has nothing to do with the CIA, but very comfortable with the best American interception! The general problem with loudspeakers is that the tweeter has a significantly larger viewing angle due to its relative to the much lower midrange diaphragm diameter. Particularly critical does this affect especially relating to the common transition frequency. For the pure reproduction of high frequencies on the other hand, the largest possible viewing angle is advantageous. Solves this problem with its sound REVEL guide the adjusts the one hand, the emission of the tweeter to the midrange and simultaneously increases at the top of the audio frequency. In theory should lead to more homogeneous playback and an airy treble. This project is supported by a lightweight and yet stiff 25 millimeter aluminum magnesium diaphragm and low mass voice coil of copper coated aluminum dome tweeter from. Its transmission range ends at 50 kilohertz.

 

Two 16.5-centimeter long excursion woofer with ceramic-coated Alumenbranen ensure precise bass punch
Two 16.5-centimeter long excursion woofer with ceramic-coated Alumenbranen ensure precise bass punch

 

The two 16.5 centimeter long excursion bass and 13.3 centimeters wide midrange include many common design features. The low-mass aluminum magnesium membranes are ceramic-coated and provided with radial notches to increase the rigidity. So that they can accomplish large, linear strokes even under high loads, they are equipped with both sides electroplated butyl rubber surrounds. Attaches great importance on high-performance drives and the balancing of the magnetic field. Copper cups over the pole core for field stabilization to reduce the voice coil inductance and thereby affect impulse response and frequency response positively.

 

One of the internal bracing, whose placement is optimized in the housing by means of laser interferometers
One of the internal bracing, whose placement is optimized in the housing by means of laser interferometers

 

Instead, as usual, a board for the whole crossover has the REVEL F206 for their 24-decibel crossover frequency for each path an own board. The background is that the fact can avoid interference of stray fields. The slope of 24 decibels per octave was chosen in order to improve the capacity and to minimize the influence of the soil and ceiling reflections. The gold-plated screw of the rear connection terminals struck me particularly positive that really takes any type of cable. The screw can even remove completely, so that terminals with ring opening and even those can be used with pins or banana plugs. Especially if, like me changed often and cable testing, you know to appreciate this aspect very much.

 

In addition to the bass reflex plugs right is flow-optimized sound management of the bass reflex tube to see
In addition to the bass reflex plugs right is flow-optimized sound management of the bass reflex tube to see

 

As I have the REVEL F206 connected to my amplifiers, I was very curious to see whether the high cost and the great look actually arrives in my critical ears. With eyes closed you will not be collected by optical stimuli and can concentrate on the actual sound. My first perception was a warm, very harmonious sound, no exaggeration to detail and still gripping and open.

The supplied bass reflex plugs I've used in spite of my relatively large listening room. Playback learned by simply more precision, seemed honest and free and contoured in the bass range. Often goes to other speakers with the use of bass reflex plugs a reduced dynamics associated. When REVEL F206 was it anything to remember, rather the opposite was the case.

 

High design complexity: Separate boards for bass, mid and treble to prevent mutual interference on stray fields
High design complexity: Separate boards for bass, mid and treble to prevent mutual interference on stray fields

 

The harmonious sound impacted not only a positive effect on the harmonious tonal reproduction, but also to the spatial imaging. The quality worse recordings covers the REVEL F206 but relentlessly. But it leaves nothing to be desired, if you supply it with really good material as the Stockfish Records recording of Allan Taylor's "Dedicated to". Even with "Dad Dere" in the version of Ricky Lee Jones brought the REVEL to breathe the music. The air around the singers and instruments was palpable.

In the middle of the important hörpsychologisch REVEL F206 can clearly points and triggers voices free and well locatable on. In addition to the realistic depiction of male and female voices and the playing of wind instruments I particularly noticed that seemed very present.

During saxophone passages are very authentic to me every now and then the ultimate splendor of violins absent in symphonic music. I must confess that I am very spoiled with my equipment and private use six times as expensive speakers, however.

Last I heard with the REVEL quite noisy "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler enjoyed incredibly warm voice and the wide dynamic jumps that mitmachte the F206 ansatzlos. Then I could not help but grin, thinking of the pun: Money for nothing - it really can not be said at such a cheap speaker as the REVEL 206!

 

Good adjustable spikes with thumbscrews provide the perfect setting
Good adjustable spikes with thumbscrews provide the perfect setting

 

STATEMENT

The REVEL F-206 left a lasting positive impression and enthusiastic with an open, airy play, good coarse and fine dynamics and a very harmonic reproduction in all frequency ranges. In the price range up to 4,000 euros, the F206 is certainly standards. You will hardly find a better speaker, which combines great looks, excellent build quality and truly audiophile enjoyment and also five years raises full manufacturer's warranty on the scales.
BELONGS
Record player Le Tallec Stad S
Tonarme Clearaudio Souther, Eminent 1
Pickup Van den Hul Grashopper
CD transport Wadia 7
D / A converter Mark Levinson 360
Preamplifier Classé Audio Omega and Gryphon Sonata Allegro
Power Amplifiers Meuter monoblocks
Cable Sun Wire Reference, AudioQuest
Accessories Copulare Aural amp stand, Copulare drive table
PRODUCT INFORMATION
REVEL Performa3 F206
Sensitivity 88 dB
Recommended amplifier power 50-200 Watt
Housing surfaces Piano finish black, brilliant white, high gloss walnut
Impedance 8 Ohm
Tweeter (2.5cm) aluminum dome tweeter with wave-shaped acoustic lens
Midrange 13.3cm, aluminum cone with cast basket
Woofer 16.5cm, aluminum cone with cast basket (2x)
Principle of Housing 3-way bass reflex floorstanding
Transition frequencies 275 Hz, 2150 Hz
Crossover 24 dB / octave
Weight 26 kg
Dimensions (W / H / D) 24.9 / 105.1 / 34.7 cm
Paarpreis 3980 Euro

 

SALES
Sun Audio Vertriebs GmbH
Address Snails Straße 30 
81675 Munich
Phone +49 (0) 89 479 443
E-mail info@sunaudio.de
Web www.sunaudio.de

 


— PETER BANHOLZER —