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Revel Performa F30 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 April 2001
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Revel Performa F30 Loudspeakers
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The Downside
At 87 dB efficient, I expected the Revel Performa F30’s to be harder to drive than they actually were. These aren’t speakers that you will run from a receiver unless you have an outboard amplifier, be it a two or a five channel model. The characteristics of the speakers make the F30’s not conducive to lower power amps and/or smaller tube set-ups, when other speakers in this class can flourish with these power sources. In a perfect world, you’d have a big Mark Levinson No. 336 or a Krell FPB 300 amp for your F30’s, but a Sunfire costing a fraction of the price may be more in line as you are getting started. The thing is, you will want to really crank with your F30’s and you’ll need an amp that can keep up with this type of speaker design. You don’t have to break the bank, but you will hear obvious improvement with each investment.

I made the controversial call that the Wilson WATT Puppy V6.0’s were the best loudspeakers in the world, which has caused many a flame and equal amounts of letters of support. At $20,000 per pair, I expect you to be able to hear God directly from your speakers. At $3,500, the Revel Performa F30’s have no right even being mentioned in the same sentence with the Wilsons – except for the fact that they are indeed that good. This is one of the greatest speaker values I have ever heard. I don’t know of anyone who has anything bad to say about the F30’s. Do they look as good as the $10,000 Revel Ultima Studios? Not really. But that isn’t the point. For $3,500, this is the speaker that may get hardened audiophiles back in the store starting to invest in their systems for the first time in years. More importantly, the Revel Performa F30’s are the type of speakers that, if you were to invest in them early in the development of your AV system, you would be guaranteed to be hooked. The F30’s are so good at their price point that you will want to keep them as rear channels when you upgrade to Studios or Salons. These speakers set a new standard for a high-end speaker values, much as the Sunfire True woofer did for subs. Expect the Revel F30 to earn strong consideration for Speaker of The Year and possibly Audio Product of The Year.

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