Revel F226Be Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Barely one year prior, Revel began transporting the main speaker from its PerformaBe line, the F228Be, which was generally welcomed and keeps on earning acclaim from proficient analysts, myself included, and fans the same. Appropriately, we have been expecting the arrival of extra speakers in the line, including the M126Be shelf speaker and C426Be focus channel. Notwithstanding these speakers in different organizations, Revel likewise planned two other floor standing speakers: the more modest F226Be evaluated here and the bigger F328Be, which as of late begun transporting.

However decent as the F228Be was and still may be, it is a genuinely enormous and outwardly forcing speaker. The F226Be, at 41.3 inches high by 9.8 inches wide and 13.7 inches down, is something like five inches more limited and four inches smaller than its greater sibling, however the visual contrast is huge. The F226Be seems a lot more modest and less forcing. This ought to give altogether greater situation choices when room feel factor into that choice grid. The F226Be, at $3,500 each, is additionally $1,500 more affordable than the F228Be. Indeed, $7,000 per pair is as yet a major load of cash, yet that $3,000 investment funds (or more assuming you're developing a total encompass sound framework) can go quite far towards the remainder of your framework

Revel F226Be Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

The F226Be imparts a lot of its plan to its greater kin, which I reference more in this survey than I typically would, however I think it merits bringing up both their likenesses just as their disparities. They are both three-way amplifiers in front-ported, bass-reflex nooks. The F226Be's walled in area looks very much like a scaled down rendition of its older sibling, with a level front board that has the four drivers flush mounted over a front-terminating port, which can all be covered with an attractively joined grille. My audit test F226Bes accompanied serious shine white cupboards, which gave them a perfect and current at this point intriguing look with the dark encompasses and white drivers. A couple of visitors said they appeared as though they had a place on an Imperial Star Cruiser from Star Wars. Assuming white isn't your thing, the F226Be can likewise be requested in your decision of Black, Walnut, or Metallic Silver.

Beryllium has, obviously, become the sweetheart material of speaker originators across the world for use in high recurrence transducers. The one-inch beryllium tweeter in the F226Be is an all-new plan for the PerformaBe line. While aluminum and titanium have been and keep on being famous materials for hard vault tweeter stomachs, "Beryllium offers about four and a half times the firmness and multiple times seriously damping, at just 50% of the weight" by examination, per Revel. Jewel is one more material that has been utilized as a stomach material in better quality speakers. While talking about the plan of the PerformaBe tweeters, Revel staff recognize that while jewel vault tweeters have a higher separation recurrence (this is something to be thankful for), Beryllium's separation recurrence is still past 40kHz. Notwithstanding solidness and damping characteristics, Beryllium's thickness and flexibility properties are additionally appropriate for use as a sound transducer

The one-inch Beryllium arch is joined into a tweeter framework that includes a thick engine get together with 85mm double clay magnets and Revel's fifth-age Acoustic Lens waveguide, intended to incorporate the tweeter's off-hub yield with that of the midrange driver. The 5.25-inch midrange driver and the two 6.5-inch woofers have Revel's Deep Ceramic Composite ("DCC") stomach, which is all new for the PerformaBe series. DCC is depicted by Revel as: "a plasma electrolytic oxidation process that utilizes a plasma release to make a coarse fired covering on the two sides of the aluminum center. The profound fired layers sandwiching the aluminum center give compelled layer damping that push cone separation modes outside of the passband, permitting the driver to keep up with ideal pistonic movement all through its reach."

Likewise with the Beryllium tweeters, there is something else to the midrange configuration besides just using outlandish driver materials. The PerformaBE midrange and bass drivers have new engine structures intended for more prominent productivity, dynamic reach, and power taking care of, with decreased mutilation and pressure. As verified in our F228Be survey, the hybrids in the PerformaBe series are high-request hybrids, which use all film capacitors and air center inductors in the midrange and tweeter circuits. The hybrid point between the Beryllium tweeter and DCC midrange is 2.1kHz, with the midrange giving way to the woofers at 260 Hz. Given the likenesses between the F228Be and F226Be, one ought not be shocked to discover that they are both eight-ohm speakers with an evaluated responsiveness of 90 dB, albeit given the more modest size of the F226Be is by and large, its 6dB-down point is at 36Hz rather than 27Hz in the F228Be

The Hookup

Revel F226Be Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

The Hookup

I began with the F226Bes similarly situated I wound up utilizing with the F228Bes, with the front puzzle three feet from the front divider and around eight feet separated. Their last position wound up being around four inches nearer to the front divider. How much toe in wound up being something very similar - nothing unexpected given the common tweeter and midrange drivers- - highlighting a spot simply before my listening position.

I was sufficiently lucky to in any case have the phenomenal D'Agostino Progression Preamplifier and Stereo Amplifier in my two-channel listening framework for this audit. I additionally attempted my McIntosh C500 Preamplifier driving a couple of McIntosh MC-501 monoblocks. My PS Audio DirectStream DAC and Network Audio Player presented music from either sound records put away on my NAS or circles played on my Oppo BDP-95. I utilized a solitary pair of Kimber Select speaker links with Kimber Select jumpers all through.

I additionally attempted the F226Be's in a multichannel arrangement with a Marantz AV8805 AV Preamplifier and Krell TAS Amplifier driving the F226Bes, as they flanked a Revel Performa3 C208 focus channel. Meanwhile, since my audit of the F228Bes, Revel delivered a PerformaBe focus channel, yet I don't yet have one for assessment so you should delay until we take a gander at the F328Be. There is additionally a moderately little, stand-mounted speaker in the PerformaBe arrangement, the M106, which could be utilized as fundamental speakers in more modest regions or as encompass speakers in a multichannel framework to tone match your mains however much as could be expected.


I'll concede I had a few assumptions of what I would hear with the F226Bes. I expected to hear the F228Bes yet with less bass and a few limitations on powerful reach. Everything I can say is I'm happy I had the option to save those and pay attention to the F226Bes in their own particular manner, as there were a few amazements.

My listening began with a portion of similar tracks I utilized with the F228Be, as I needed to build up a benchmark prior to moving onto different pieces. As needs be, I began "Varieties" by Submotion Orchestra, from their collection Kites (Tidal Hi-Fi, Smo Recordings). My notes from the earlier audit referred to profound and tight bass, and the F226Bes likewise gave this, yet with maybe a touch more detail.

The F226Be amazed me with its capacity to project the pictures from the cupboards. The speakers vanished in the soundstage, passing on the vocals and every one of the instruments to drift in their own space, better characterized both horizontally across the soundstage and in separation from the audience.

The track "Mitigating" by Laura Marling from Semper Femina (Tidal Hi-Fi, Sony Music) likewise has extraordinary female vocals, however adds a guitar track that the F226Be reasonably imitates. The singular guitar notes were duplicated with a lot surface and detail, which aided form a strong, all around situated sonic picture.

Pete Belasco's electronica track "Further," off of the collection of a similar name (Tidal Hi-Fi, Nashville Catalog), has a profound, clear cut bass line that can exhibit a speaker's bass abilities or point out the weaknesses thereof. The multi-note bass line requires a speaker to both play profound and hold control to depict between the various notes or they obscure together in an ineffectively characterized thunder.

The track flaunted both the F226Be's low recurrence expansion and control. Numerous speakers with tight, distinct bass can be hard to drive, however the F226Bes kept up with control of this track with every one of the enhancers I attempted, albeit the D'Agostino intensifier practiced the best measure of control. Every one of the notes was unmistakable, albeit the general level of the least of the notes reduced at higher volumes, as it was just an excess of air for this humble measured speaker to move.

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