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The Revel Concerta2 M16 audio system


I do know various audiophiles and mastering engineers who love Revel audio system. That form of loyalty is fairly uncommon, however hardly distinctive to Revel: Bowers & Wilkins and ProAc audio system even have cred with professionals and audiophiles. This a lot I do know for certain, the Revel Concerta2 M16 sound is so pure it lets me deal with the music.

It is a two-way, stand mount design with a 6.5 inch (165mm) Micro-Ceramic Composite (MCC) woofer, and a 1 inch (28mm) aluminum dome tweeter that shares tech utilized in Revel’s high-end Proforma3 audio system’ tweeters. There’s a big bass port on the M16’s bottom, together with sturdy speaker cable binding posts. The impedance is 6 ohms. The curved aspect panel cupboard is impeccably completed in automotive black or white gloss paint. The M16 measures 14.75 x 8.6 x 10.76 inches (37cm x 22cm x 27cm), the fabric grilles connect through hidden magnets, good.

The M16 runs $900 a pair within the US, £1,000 within the UK and AU$1,599 in Australia.


The Beastie Boys largely instrumental album The In Sound From Manner Out put the M16 by means of its paces, particularly Shambala with its refrain of chanting monks. The dense funk mixes by no means sounded lower than clear over the M16s. The sound was managed and correct: There was no edge on the treble, no slop within the bass. The M16 is aware of the place it is going.

Brian Eno’s Ambient 4: On Land album unfurled a cloud of low moaning, droning and churning sounds that wafted by means of my front room. The M16s vanished as sound sources, which is after all of the elusive objective of any nice speaker.

With the Sinatra & Strings album Frank’s vocals had been very heat, and a bit of too chesty. I often discover this album too lean, however right here on the M16s the tonal stability was too wealthy for my style. One factor’s for certain, the M16 won’t ever “shout” at you. It is too refined for that.

The M16 does not have the “bounce” issue of the extra dynamically alive Klipsch RP 600M audio system. They’re opposites in that regard. The RP 600M wins on pleasure; it is much more alive sounding speaker. However the M16 is extra correct. I like the M16’s tweeter. The treble is so pure, the tweeter by no means attracts consideration to itself. I hear numerous “air” and spaciousness, particularly on stay recordings. Even harsh recordings are simple to take heed to over the M16. The tweeter may be very forgiving.

As an apart, in 2016 once I reviewed the Revel F36 tower speaker the sound was vibrant, however the M16 is certainly not.

The KEF LS50 speaker is a bit more clear, however the M16’s candy and delicate tone is extra attractive. There’s extra midbass fullness with the M16. It’s a greater speaker, and it appears like one. The M16s projected a a lot bigger sound than the LS50. I can not think about most two-channel customers will really feel a necessity so as to add a subwoofer.

I began engaged on a evaluation of the Wharfedale Linton audio system ($1,198 a pair) simply as I used to be ending with the M16s. The Linton is an even bigger and brawnier design. The sound was livelier and extra energetic. The M16 was a extra relaxed sounding speaker. They’ve two very completely different personalities, however as a lot as I just like the Linton I doubt it’s going to discover favor with too many mastering engineers — it is not as clean an operator because the Revel Concerta2 M16. 


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