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Revel F36 review: Revel in hi-fi sound

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MSRP: $2,000.00

The Good The Revel F36 is a 21st century audiophile tower with oodles of detail and resolution, and a broad, yet clearly focused soundstage.

The Bad It's a big and imposing design. The speaker's revealing nature exposes poor recordings.

The Bottom Line The Revel Concerta2 F36 floorstander is a beautifully-made speaker which makes great sounding recordings shine.

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8.2 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Sound 8
  • Value 8

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For going on 20 years Revel has been one of the most respected American speaker companies, finding favor with audiophiles and recording industry pros. The company's selection currently includes a number of high-end towers, such as the Salon2 and Studio2, starting at $16,000 per pair.

The F36 tower is much more affordable at $2,000, £1,995, AU$3,395 per pair, and it sounds great for the price. It's an ideal choice for audiophiles craving more resolution and dynamic range scale than you'll get from smaller and less expensive models.

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The Revel Concerta2 F36 is a hi-fi speaker which offers a 2.5-way design and revealing sound quality.

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The F36s we reviewed here -- decked out in impeccable, high-gloss white -- are big boys. They would probably seem a little smaller in black gloss, the other available finish.

The curve sided, medium-density fiberboard cabinet stands 42.5 inches tall, and each speaker weighs a substantial 50 pounds. It's a "two and a half way" design with three 6.5-inch aluminum drivers (two function as woofers, one as a midrange driver), and there's a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter set in a deep waveguide. Impedance is listed at 6 ohms. The F36 comes with magnetically attached grilles to cover the drivers, but I left the grilles off for all of my listening tests.

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