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Revel Performa F32 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 January 2005
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Revel Performa F32 Loudspeakers
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The Downside
The most obvious downside with the Performa F32s is bass. This is especially true, compared to the F30s they replace. Standing on their own, the low-frequency extension of the F32s is excellent. Compared to the F30s, which have killer deep bass, however, the F32s are clearly needy of a high-quality subwoofer like the Revel B15 ($3,000). While such a combination will definitely bring all but the most jaded enthusiast coming back for more, glory comes at a price, and a combined investment of around $7,000 is substantial by any measure.

In my theater, the F32s benefited substantially from a subwoofer, especially on high-resolution music and movies, where a dedicated low-frequency channel has become the norm. All this said, the clearest downside of the original F30 was its aesthetics and Revel has corrected that problem with a complete overhaul with the F32, albeit at the expense of the F30’s 10-inch woofer. Having spent the last several months with the Performa F32s, I am confident Revel made the right decision here. All tradeoffs come at a price until you spend considerably more on a pair of speakers, perhaps graduating to the F50s or Revel’s Ultima line.

In my view, to consider buying the Performa F32s, they must be worth their $4,000 price tag and be worth $1,000 more than the F30s they replace. I could continue to expound upon my listening experiences with the F32s, trying to demonstrate that they clearly are worth their price. In fact, I believe that F32s are capable of easily taking many more expensive speakers to the mat. But the best way for me to demonstrate my convictions about these speakers is to tell you that I bought them. The Performa F32s are unquestionably the biggest improvement I have made to my theater this year. Building a Revel Performa system around a pair of F32s with a B15 Subwoofer, a C32 center channel and a pair of M22s in the rear approaches a level of home theater excellence that is clearly hard to beat, especially at the price.

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