Last year, we published a review of the
F12 speakers by Michael Galvin. Michael tells you much about Revel, the company, the new
testing lab, and a variety of other valuable information.
At the risk of sounding redundant, however, let me also throw in my praise
for Revel, which, although not very old, is a very well respected speaker manufacturer
that I've always admired, recently hearing again for myself the beauty of
the reference Ultima Salon speakers that are not only gorgeous looking,
but sound superb.
A brief history of my experience with Concerta started with my first hearing
them at CES back in January of 2005. It was a tight hotel room, and the place
was packed, with others waiting in line outside. I immediately put Concerta
on my must review list. Thus began my requests for review samples from
Andrew Clark, the VP of Marketing at Harman.
Although Michael's review concentrated on the Concerta's top-of-the-line F12
for two-channel material, this review further expounds on the new Revel line
for a complete home theater setup.
In fact that may be the first point I’d like to make about Concerta, the
line is very complete. Available are; the F12 floor-standing speakers, the
M12 monitor speakers, the C12 center channel, a subwoofer the B12, and the
versatile bipole/dipole S12 surrounds. For a surround system, you might choose
four F12s or two F12s with
two M12 monitors for surrounds, etc.
Revel positions this line for almost anyone, including those with modest
receivers. Passing down the research and developed in the higher lines such
as Performa and Ultima, Concerta benefits substantially. Drivers all have
oversized magnetic assemblies, while crossover tolerances are kept tight,
The Concerta styling hardly reminds you of the sensuous curves and soft edges
afforded in the higher end Revels, such as the Ultima. The Concerta line has
cherry vinyl veneer, but it is impeccably accomplished, and looks almost
indistinguishable from the real wood. The only difference you might notice
is that the Concerta veneer won't stain from a wine glass sitting on it. The entire line
is available in
cherry, maple, or traditional black.
The S12 surrounds on the other hand, are all white (available in black too),
including a seamless white fabric cover that wraps the three sides. These
seem to have been thought of as blending perhaps architecturally.
Other than the floor-standing F12s and the wall-mounted S12s, steel stands
are available with the Concerta line. Very much like the simplicity of the
speakers, the accompanying stands are functional. Although sturdy and
complete with wire management, nonetheless the tubular design does not draw
If you only wanted to know what I didn't like about Concerta, read no
further. It's only accolades I'm afraid.
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