Compact 2-way bookshelf speakers are my favorite kind — they've formed the heart of my system for nearly 30 years. So when I see a beautifully built, finely tuned model like Revel's Performa3 M105, it puts a smile on my face. The Performa series shares much of the technology, materials, and musical mojo of Revel's flagship Ultima2 models. Matched with Revel's optional speaker stand, the M105 will put a smile on your face, too.
A speaker that disappears into the music
The sound qualities you expect from Revel — clarity, accuracy, and uncompressed dynamics — are all right here. The M105 also has the rare ability to disappear; it's nearly impossible to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. So just enjoy the seamless, spacious soundstage, and know that you're hearing the music exactly as it was recorded.
Custom-designed drivers reduce bad vibrations
Revel designs and builds every driver that goes into their speakers. The M105's 5-1/4" woofer uses an aluminum cone that's anodized on both sides with a micro-ceramic composite compound. This reduces resonances that can color the sound. And the black-anodized cone looks cool enough to leave the grille off — especially in the white and walnut cabinet finishes.
The M105's 1" aluminum dome tweeter sits in Revel's concave Acoustic Lens waveguide, which increases the tweeter's dispersion at higher frequencies, and also helps create a more seamless match between the tweeter and the midrange driver just below it. The result is very smooth, consistent sound both on-axis and off-axis, creating a larger sweet spot.
Curved cabinet walls cut down on colorations
Despite its compact size, the M105's cabinet walls are a full 1" thick, with the curved side and back walls laminated from single contiguous layers for consistent resonant behavior. These curved walls are inherently stiffer than conventional box shapes, and are reinforced by extensive internal bracing that eliminates enclosure-induced colorations.
The M105 employs a rear-firing bass-reflex port with identical flares on both ends. This boosts low-frequency output while minimizing dynamic compression and port noise. A foam port plug is included which you can insert to optimize bass response when placing the speaker in a bookshelf or up against a wall.
Tested by instrument and by ear
Revel's world-class speaker design and testing facility features an anechoic chamber and the latest high-tech measurement gear. But some of their most critical test instruments are the ears of their trained listening panel. When working on a new design, Revel's engineers set up a series of controlled auditions comparing their design to several competing speakers.
Speakers under comparison sit on a rotating platform, and each model is moved into the identical position by a computer-controlled belt drive system. An acoustically transparent screen hides the speakers from the listeners to avoid visual bias. These double-blind listening tests provide an essential reality check, and help the engineers correlate measurements with what listeners actually hear and prefer.
Build a complete Revel system
A pair of M105s can fill your room with spacious, 3-dimensional stereo sound. If you're interested in a voice-matched surround sound system, check out these other models from Revel's Performa3 series: Center channel: Performa3 C205 Surround speaker: Performa3 S206 Subwoofer: Performa3 B110
Who is Revel?
Revel is one of the high-performance audio companies of global electronics giant Harman International. Since 1996, Revel has used cutting-edge design tools and one-of-a-kind testing facilities to develop speakers that measure well and sound amazing. The intensive design work happens at Harman's state-of-the-art speaker R & D facility in Northridge, California.