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Revel Concerta F12 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 January 2006
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Revel Concerta F12 Loudspeakers
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The Downside
The recess for the speaker terminals will allow room for just about any size speaker cable on the market today. However, the problems with the actual terminals themselves are that they are too close to one another and make it hard to get a good grip for tightening. If you are bi-amping or bi-wiring, it will be more problematic.

The spikes Revel supplies for the F12 could be larger in diameter for easier adjustment. I found it difficult on my thick carpeting to get them out far enough to come in contact with the floor beneath. If you have medium to thick carpeting, you’re going to want the spikes. The height and narrow footprint of the F12s make them unstable on a carpeted floor and subject to easy tilting.

Sonically, I couldn’t find any real fault with the F12s. They performed well on all of the listening tests I gave them. They are neutral speakers, so if your gear is a bit bright or analytical, then they may not be the best match. Careful component matching is a must to get the most out of your investment.

I have found that, with the F12s, the technology trickle-down theory can apply not only to automobiles and computers, but to loudspeakers as well. The F12s have a similar characteristic sound to Revel’s more expensive Performa and Ultima lines. Neutral, leaning a bit on the polite side, without sacrificing detail in the mid to upper frequencies describes the F12s’ character. Low frequencies were solid without any boominess or bloat. The F12s could benefit from a sub (see Bryan Dailey’s upcoming review of the Revel B12 subwoofer), but the performance they give, while not the deepest bass I’ve heard, does very little wrong. The F12s have a well-blended tonal balance and are very musical. They will fit with just about any modern décor and are certainly a lot easier on the wallet than other Revel products. I can see why the Performa and Ultima lines cost what they do. The Revel engineers put the effort where it matters on the F12s: the drivers, crossovers and cabinet structure. This puts many folks within reach of a piece of that magic with the Revel F12s.

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