Rarified Richness, Accuracy, and Involvement from Bookshelf Loudspeaker Whose Performance and Build Belies Its Size and Cost: Revel Performa3 M105 Reaps Benefits of High-End Obsessiveness
Revel's Performa3 M105 bookshelf loudspeaker is no shrinking violet. Outfitted with a 5.25-inch driver and one-inch aluminum tweeter with Acoustic Lens Waveguide, it plays with uncommon richness, accuracy, and involvement. In addition, few speakers anywhere near this price class perform with such effortlessness and naturalism. A combination of high-end obsessiveness that includes Revel's rigorous testing, zero-compromise engineering, transducers complete with piston-like behavior and cast-aluminum frames, benchmark-establishing crossovers, and fluid-designed low-frequency ports with matching flares on both ends all account for outstandingly defined reproduction of challenging information such as ambient cues, low-level transients, and timbral details. Tack on elegant enclosures devised by luxury Italian cabinetmakers, and M105 serves as proof that there is some right in the world. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"Beautifully finished and intelligently engineered, there really are very few small speakers as musically satisfying as these—at any price, which makes them well worth seeking out if you are a small speaker kind of guy.
—Roy Gregory, The Absolute Sound
Cutting-Edge Transducers and Fluid-Model-Designed Ports
Revel M105 low-frequency transducers feature distortion reduction mechanisms that stabilize the flux field during operation, assuring low distortion even at high listening volumes. These precision transducers utilize ribbed aluminum cones for ideal piston-like behavior that eliminates a major source of resonances that are clearly audible in most other loudspeakers. Their cast aluminum frames eliminate another source of resonances that is common in many lesser-quality loudspeakers. M105 also employs a sophisticated fluid-model-designed low-frequency port with identical flares on both ends. This greatly minimizes dynamic compression and port-generated noise, assuring low-distortion low-frequency performance.
Class-Leading Tweeter Mechanism
M105's tweeter has been created around a newly designed motor and dome assembly that sets a new standard of transparency for speakers anywhere near Performa3's class. The tweeter's integrated acoustic lens waveguide is based on a breakthrough mathematical approach that accurately matches the tweeter's dispersion to that of the low-frequency transducer in the crossover region. This gives the loudspeaker very smooth sound far off-axis – an important contributor to overall sound quality, providing consistent sound over an exceptionally wide listening area. In fact, this new waveguide actually increases the tweeter's dispersion at higher frequencies.
M105 is housed in enclosures that are similar to Revel's flagship Ultima2 Series. These fully curved enclosures are inherently stiffer than conventional box shapes and are formed with contiguous wood layers that prevent splitting. They feature strategically oriented bracing that eliminates the possibility of enclosure-induced coloration. The beautiful, modern enclosures are finished in high-gloss piano black, high-gloss piano white, or genuine American walnut in a process (developed and overseen by Italian luxury cabinet makers) that exceeds automotive finish quality.
Magnetic Grilles for Aesthetic Options
The loudspeaker grilles are designed to minimize sonic diffraction or veiling and provide a clean, subtle appearance. The magnetic grille attachment method completely eliminates ugly hardware on the loudspeaker baffle, so if you decide to use the loudspeakers without grilles they will look like they were designed to be used without grilles.
- Transducers feature motor-system distortion-reduction mechanisms that stabilize the flux field during operation
- Ribbed aluminum cones achieve piston like behavior eliminating major sources of resonance
- New waveguides provide consistent sound over a wide listening area
- Enclosures created by Italian luxury cabinetmakers
- Fluid-model port designs keep distortion low
- Advanced crossovers optimize timbre accuracy both on axis and throughout the room
Low-frequency Driver Components: 5.25" (13.3 cm) Aluminum Cone, Cast-frame Woofer
Input Connections: Binding Posts
Recommended Amplifier Power: 50-120
Crossover Frequencies: 2.3 kHz
Low Frequency Extension: -10dB@44Hz -6dB@56Hz -3dB@60Hz
Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
Enclosure Type: Bass-reflex via Rear-firing Port
Dimensions (HWD): 14" x 7.9" x 9.8"
Weight: 16 lbs.
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