|Revel F50 Performa Home Theater Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Thomas Garcia|
|Saturday, 01 March 2003|
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The F50s are physically large, and they need to be placed at a minimum of a few feet away from any room boundary in order to reach their full potential. This may be a challenge for relatively small listening rooms. Additionally, regardless of how good it sounds right out of the box, the Performa system demands some attention during setup to achieve its highest level of refinement.
Although the F50 is a very satisfying stand-alone loudspeaker, Revel’s design criteria was to optimize the high frequencies, midrange and mid bass, while accepting some compromise in overall low-end extension. And finally, relative to the Ultima line, the Performa series does not have the same authoritative presence in the lower octave.
Revel has deservedly earned a world-class reputation with their Ultima series, and it is obvious that their development and associated technical advances have successfully trickled down to the Performa line. The F50 Performa Home Theater Speaker System proved to be an outstanding performer, displaying great versatility while playing blockbuster movies at reference levels, or capturing the most delicate nuances of high-resolution sources. They left a lasting and extremely positive impression on everyone that listened to them. In all but the largest listening rooms, it is hard to imagine a need for more dynamic capacity, and the sound was certainly well balanced and satisfying. Although any 7.1 home theater loudspeaker system that retails for the combined price of the Performas cannot be considered inexpensive, I consider this system a solid value by high-end standards. They are seriously addicting with their ultra-low distortion, matched timbre accuracy, and deep, wide soundstaging capabilities. The Performa system proved to be an impressive, cohesive and most pleasing multi-channel surround speaker system, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent listening to them. Bottom line, if the road to audio nirvana ended here, the Revel F50 Performa Home Theater system would not leave me wanting.