A lot of high-end speaker companies are so focused on 2-channel sound that they don't even make surround speakers. But Revel designed the Performa3 S206 surround speaker to be a perfect sonic match for the company's acclaimed Performa3 floor-standing and bookshelf models. The speaker's dual sets of drivers operate in a bi-polar configuration, creating a spacious, enveloping surround sound bubble.
Custom-designed drivers deliver detailed sound
Revel designs and builds every driver that goes into their speakers. The S206 has dual 6-1/2" aluminum cone woofers, and two 1" aluminum dome tweeters that use Revel's proprietary acoustic lens/waveguide combo to increase dispersion at higher frequencies. The result is smooth, diffuse sound that's hard to locate. Just what you want from a surround speaker.
The S206 loudspeaker can be placed in either a side surround or back surround location. The speaker's radiation pattern is optimized for placement to the side of the primary listening position in a 5.1-channel home theater setup, and for side- and rear-wall placement for a 7.1 system.
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.
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.