Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Revel Ultima2 - Studio2, Voice2, and Gem2 Speakers

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Introduction

The Revel Ultima speaker line made its debut in 1996.  This, the first loudspeaker line with the Revel moniker, established Revel as one of the premier loudspeaker manufacturers.  Attaining this status at the onset was no accident.  Unlike a new startup, Revel was seeded within a large corporation, Harman International, and had at its disposal vast R&D resources and an experienced team.  The recipe for success was there from the beginning.

Once the Ultima line was populated, Revel spent subsequent years applying this know-how to establish new lines at lower price points.  The Performa line came first; this was followed by the Concerta line.  Both lines have received favorable reviews at Secrets.

Specifications

  • Studio2 Floor-standing
  • Design: Ported, 3-Way
  • Drivers: One 1" Beryllium Dome Tweeter, One 5.25 Titanium Midrange, Two 8" Titanium Woofers
  • MFR: 31 Hz - 18 kHz ± 1.5 dB
  • Sensitivity: 87.7 dB/W/M
  • Crossover Points: 230 Hz, 2 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 46.25" H x 13.75" W x 20.5" D
  • Weight: 140 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $15,998/Pair USA
  • Voice2 Center Channel
  • Design: Sealed, 3-Way
  • Drivers: One 1" Beryllium Dome Tweeter, One 5.25 Titanium Midrange, Two 8" Titanium Woofers
  • MFR: 65 Hz - 18 kHz ± 1.5 dB
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB/W/M
  • Crossover Points: 235 Hz, 2 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 24.2" H (with Pedestal) x 25.5" W x 14" D
  • Weight: 74.5 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $7,999 USA; Optional Pedestal $599
  • Gem2 Surround Speakers
  • Design: Sealed, 3-Way
  • Drivers: One 1" Beryllium Dome Tweeter, One 4" Titanium Midrange, One 8" Titanium Woofer
  • MFR: 75 Hz - 18 kHz ± 1.5 dB
  • Sensitivity: 86.4 dB/W/M
  • Crossover Points: 400 Hz, 2.3 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 24.2" H (with Pedestal) x 12" W x 5.4" D
  • Weight: 38 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $9,998/Pair USA; Optional Pedestals $1,398/Pair
  • Revel Speakers

I have reviewed a couple of Performa systems over the years and compared them to the Ultima Studio and Voice loudspeakers, which have anchored the sound of my home theater for a long time.  In my opinion, the crossover point came with the launch of the F52.  During this review, I found that the F52s performed better than the Studios in many regards.  Most notably, the tweeter was excellent as was the tweeter/midrange integration.  It had been over a decade since the launch of the Ultima line, and the time had come for a makeover!

By now, the plans for the Ultima2 line had been made public.  Kevin Voecks talked about the Ultima2 line in the mini-interview which accompanied my review of the F52/C52 Performa loudspeakers.  The waiting game started.  Fast-forward to May, 2007 and the Ultima2 line started shipping.