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After discussion with the better half, I was able to purchase a demo version of the above speakers. I am really looking forward to then they come in as I am dying to see how they sounds compared to KEF LS50's. The ones I bought are in Piano black finish.

 

What do people think of these speakers?

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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The new speakers will be here tomorrow. My wife is excited and so am I. The speakers are coming in separate boxes weighing just over 25 lbs a piece. Now mind you, these speaker are the same size and KEF LS50's so there does seem to be some serious kit coming in. 

 

I will write more when I have them hooked up.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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Thanks for the reports.  I have always been a huge fan of Revel.  I owned the Gems for a long time and currently run two Revel subs.  Do you have any plans to add subs?

 

 

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Right now, not sure. It depends on where these speakers ultimately land.

 

Now to cull the heard of small speakers I have 😁

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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Also, once you finalize things, take a serious look at the IsoAcoustic Gaia footers for your stands.

Home: Melco N1A/2 | EtherRegen+Farad | UltraRendu+Farad | Denafrips Gaia | Denafrips Terminator Plus | Jeff Rowland Coherence II Series 2 pre | Blue Circle Audio BC-202 amp | Raidho XT-1 | 2 Revel Performa3 B112 subwoofers  | PS Audio DS Power Plant 12 

 

Desktop: IsoRegen+LPS1.2 | Denafrips Iris | Denafrips Venus 2/Chord Qutest | Blue Circle Audio SBT preamp|  Eddie Current Zana Deux Super | Hifiman HE-1000SE | PS Audio DS Power Plant 12

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My wife is actually talking about adding a subwoofer or two, surprisingly. But for right now, still in break in mode, since they were not listened to, they were just an open box sale. They were completely wrapped but one of the plastic  sheets covering the woofer had a finger poke in it (it didn't touch the mid-woofer).

 

So far they are eerily amazing.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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We have been listening and bad recordings sound bad!

 

My wife loves the Mario Biondi 'Just what You Are' and it is one that is recoded very mediocre. We heard it on some S-F Guarneri Homage floorstanders and sounded great. She has been trying to get the same sound, w/o any luck. On the Revels, you can hear what the mistakes were but doesn't make them unpalatable just shows them off. I like that fact.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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The bass on all but the S-F speakers sounds flat and sometimes some of the background instruments can get lost. On my Revels all the but the bass is spot on.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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So listening to the Revels on my Bow Tech Wazoo integrated. It is another level of refinement that I didn't expect.

 

MIOLIN, ANDERS - A Timeless Odyssey - Amazon.com Music

 

Currently playing a 96/24 version of this LP - the 12 string just sounds so sublime.....

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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The ELAC's (I have the UB5's) there is no comparison. The ELACs are really thumpy and bloated in the bass compared to the Revels AND the LS50's. The LS50's can be shouty on top (why the LS50 meta's were made) and that my be due to the Al dome and where is has resonance at. The Revels are sooth and detailed on top. The Revels and the LS50's are smoother on the bottom with the extension in bass going slightly to the LS50's. But over all the Revels are my favorites so far. No fatigue at all.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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Listening more and more to the Revels with my Bow Tech Wazoo - what a match made in heaven, in my small room. I am currently listening to The Beatles Revolver LP from the Beatles Apple USB drive - it is amazing with the details and instrument sounds. It is so amazing.

 

My wife wants the Revels back in the main room. She liked them that much.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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  • 2 months later...

I have now just purchased 2 - REL T/7i subs, in gloss black, to go with the Revel speakers. Both Revel and REL suggested the same pairing. So, the subs should get in when I get home and I can plug them in with the Revels and dial it in.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well, spring is here - remove the Pioneer M-22 (I don't need to heat my room anymore 😁 ) and installed  some Kenwood L-07M monoblocks (that were totally rebuilt). Playing them currently.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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Well, sub one came in today. I am currently tweaking it in my system.

 

I also switched from my ARC SP-16 to a Parasound P5 (since it has sub out with a crossover built in).

 

 

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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So, I still have not placed both subwoofers into my system. I need to get one more cable to connect it (as I only had one cable long enough). I am currently using the subwoofer crossover, in the Parasound P5 to to control output to my Revels at 120 Hz and am using the 0.1 input for the sub (that is set at 120 Hz). So far, one sub has really added to the sound quality. It is amazing.

 

All those Piano Black boxes too.

 

 

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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Well, hooked both subs in and working on dialing them in. What a HUGE difference in sound and imaging.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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The tweaking continues and here is the latest video - B.B. King no vocals just instrumental...

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/smyjlsoqzy1l84v/20210416_091721.mp4?dl=0

 

The cut is 'Blues Boy Tune' from Down on the Bayou and it is a 44.1/16 quality.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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It does. That was was just CD quality too, a ripped one.

Current:  JRiver 24 on Win 10 PC (AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with 32 GB RAM) or Daphile on an I5-2500K with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Pioneer M-22 (winter) - Sony TA-N55ES (summer)

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and DiMarzio Interconnects

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