Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Revel Performa F52 Tower Speakers, C52 Center Channel Speaker, S30 Surround Speakers, and Concerta B120 Subwoofer

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Revel Performa F52, C52, S30 and Concerta B120

Introduction

In 1996 an announcement was made about a new speaker company being formed under the very large umbrella of the Harman brand. One could say a perfect storm was created when Harman committed their considerable resources, and Kevin Voecks; a protégé of legendary audio engineer Dr. Floyd Toole, was brought on as Head Engineer. Harman wanted a speaker brand to match the quality of its Levinson electronics. These speakers would be designed using pure science and only released to market when proven to out-perform the competition in double-blind listening tests. We know that brand today as Revel.

Revel currently offers three product lines, Concerta, Performa and Ultima2. I have been afforded the opportunity to sample the Performa models for this review. Covering the main speaker duties is the F52 tower. The center channel is the C52, and the surround positions are filled by the S30 multi-pole. The B15a subwoofer was not available to me so Revel sent me two Concerta B120 subs instead with their slick TX-1 wireless transmitter.

Specifications

  • F52 Tower
  • Design: 3-way, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, One 5.25" Midrange, Three 6.5" Woofers
  • Sensitivity: 87.5 dB (2.83v @ 1 meter)
  • Nominal Impedance: 6.5 Ohms, 3.5 Ohms minimum @ 373 Hz
  • Crossovers: 3-way, 200 Hz and 2.3 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 33 Hz - 18 kHz ± 0.5 dB
  • Low Frequency Extension: -10 dB @ 23 Hz
  • Dimensions: 43.9" H x 9.5" W x 17.5" D
  • Weight: 87.7 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $6,998/pair USA
  • C52 Center
  • Design: 3-way, Sealed
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, One 5.25" Midrange, Two 8" Woofers
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB (2.83v @ 1 meter)
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms, 3.1 Ohms Minimum @ 292 Hz
  • Crossovers: 3-way, high-order at 235 Hz and 2 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 65 Hz-18 kHz ± 0.5 dB
  • Low Frequency Extension: -10 dB @ 36 Hz
  • Dimensions:10.9" H x 24.6" W x 10.6" D
  • Weight: 40.75 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,499 USA
  • S30 Surround
  • Design: 2-way, Sealed
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, Two 4" Full Range, One 6.5" Woofer
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB (2.83v @ 1 meter)
  • Nominal Impedance Monopole: 6 Ohms, 3 Ohms Minimum @ 3.6 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance Dipole: 6 Ohms, 3 Ohms Minimum @ 355 Hz
  • Crossover Monopole: 2-way, 2.5 kHz
  • Crossover Dipole: 2-way, 250 Hz
  • Frequency Response: 85 Hz - 16 kHz ± 1.5 dB
  • Low Frequency Extension: -10 dB @ 50 Hz
  • Dimensions: 12.5" H x 14.1" W x 8.4" D
  • Weight: 18 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $1,998/pair USA
  • B120 Subwoofer
  • Design: Ported
  • Amplifier Power: 250 watts @ .01% THD
  • Driver: 12" Micro-ceramic Composite with 2" Voice Coil
  • Frequency Response: -3 dB @ 36 Hz
  • Dimensions: 17.75" H x 14.75" W x 14" D
  • Weight: 51 Pounds
  • MSRP: $999 USA (Optional TX-1 Transmitter: $120)

Revel Performa F52, C52, S30 and Concerta B120

Revel Performa F52, C52, S30 and Concerta B120