|Revel Sub 30 Subwoofer|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Subwoofers|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Tuesday, 01 June 2004|
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Price isn’t a viable downside criticism, although no one can argue the Revel Sub 30 is cheap. I would have liked to see the sound pressure meter needed to do the set-up measurements included as part of the price tag. At over $6,000, Harman could buy a few thousand good meters and offer them as part of the package.
In the effort to really nitpick, there are great new colors available for the Revel Sub 30, as opposed to the Performa level B15 subwoofer. However, in comparison to the more expensive yet equally high-end Wilson WATCH Dog subwoofer, you cannot have your Revel Sub 30 custom painted to match an exotic finish of your main speakers or the overall design of your room. The Revel Sub 30 is not what I would call a small sub, so making it fit in terms of overall design in your theater or listening room could be a challenge, especially if your décor is not modern.
The Revel Sub 30 is the best subwoofer I have gotten my grimy hands on in my 14 years of working professionally in the audio business. While it is expensive, it has both the technology and the improved physical design to take my system to the next level. There is NO question it sounds better than the Revel B15, as it very well should for the increase in the price! In my modern house, the Revel Sub 30 looks much cooler and matches my décor in a way that, even if it didn’t sound that much better, I would have to own it. Needless to say, it sounds better and, even at its price, represents a very good value.
With Revel leading the way out of the restructuring in Harman Specialty Group, the Sub 30 is a statement product to offer to the industry. This is a guaranteed Top 100 product that belongs in the best home theaters to be matched with the best audiophile speakers in order to provide real bass without compromise.