The concept models feature the
addition of Beryllium tweeters and Deep Ceramic Composite mid-range and woofers
to award-winning Performa3 Platform
Revel by Harman today previewed the Performa3
Be concept loudspeakers, based on the award-winning Performa3 Series product
range, at CES 2017. Based on Revel’s Performa3 F208 and M106 models, the
Performa3 Be concepts include two new models: the F208Be 3-way floorstanding
loudspeaker and M106Be 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker. The concepts feature the
latest waveguide geometry, Beryllium and Deep Ceramic Composite (DCC)
transducer technology and premium crossover network designs.
Revel Performa3 Be Concept Speakers
The Revel F208Be employs a
1-inch Beryllium dome tweeter inspired by Revel’s Ultima2 series and patented
fifth generation Acoustic Lens Waveguide to deliver what the manufacturer claims to be remarkably transparent
and detailed high frequency response and seamless integration with the
mid-range. The Be concept also features a newly developed DCC cone technology
that yields a durable ceramic surface to the aluminum cones and results in an
ideal stiffness to weight ratio. Regular readers of this site know what big fans we are of loudspeakers that employ Beryllium drive technology to their loudspeakers. So it’s exciting news to hear Harman is on board by taking their already respectable Performa3 series up a notch with these driver upgrades.
With a single 5.25-inch DCC
cone for midrange frequency and two 8-inch DCC cone woofers with cast Aluminum
frames for low frequency response, the F208Be is said to deliver a remarkably smooth
frequency response with extension to 40kHz (an octave past the limits of human hearing). The loudspeaker is designed with
aesthetics matching the award-winning Performa3 series with curved side panel,
rounded back enclosures and includes High Frequency and Boundary Compensation
Revel Performa3 Be Bookshelf Speaker
Bookshelf Concept – Imagine a 5.1 Music System Built Around Them?
Utilizing the same 1-inch
Beryllium dome tweeter and waveguide mated to a 6.5-inch DCC cone woofer for
low frequency response, Revel’s Performa3 M106Be bookshelf loudspeaker is said to offer
clear, highly resolved sound with extension to 40kHz. Built with a compact form
factor, the M106Be can be shelf-mounted or stand-mounted with optional M Stand
accessory floor stands. We could easily imagine a very upscale 5.1 system set up for music featuring five of these bookshelf speakers along with dual subs. Sonic heaven? Yea we think so! Just imagine listening to Steven Wilson’s Hand Cannot Erase Blu-ray on such a system.
“The Performa3 Be concept
loudspeakers bring Revel’s widely acclaimed Ultima2 Series Beryllium tweeter
technology to the award winning Performa3 range. The new loudspeakers combine
the Beryllium tweeter with our most advanced waveguide and DCC transducer
technology resulting in unparalleled acoustic performance,”
– said Jim Garrett,
Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN.
The Performa3 Be Series
concept loudspeakers feature magnetically-attached black cloth grills, and are
available in a furniture-grade high-gloss wood veneer finish or automotive-grade
high-gloss painted finishes, including Walnut, Black, White, and Beryllium
Metallic. It is also being planned that the Performa3 will be offered in custom
colors inspired by race cars, Harman’s company heritage, and other
customer requests (for an additional charge, of course.)
We heard the Performa3, along with the new Mark Levinson turntable, pre-amp, digital source player, and dual monoblock amplifiers, at CES 2017. Both vinyl and digital sources were used. The white ceramic woofers bulged out of their cabinets during some low bass passages from Annie Lennox’s Nostalgia and the warm mids and clean, detailed highs were apparent on a Tony Bennett LP.
We left the room thinking to ourselves that, if Harman can do this in a room they trucked in just a few days before and assembled in a convention hall the size of an airplane hanger, then we’d better go home and get our own systems tweaked to perfection. With the Performa3 and great source/amplification, the experience was flawless and worthy of any audiophile.
Pricing and availability has yet to be announced but you can rest
assured we will be keeping you up to date as we are clamoring to get
some review samples in when they start shipping. While we were already
big fans of the Performa3 series, the addition of these upgrades in this concept series just makes our audio taste buds salivate.
shadyJ posts on January 06, 2017 20:02
mmmmm.. want so much!
gene posts on January 06, 2017 18:28
While we were already big fans of the Performa3 series, the addition of these upgrades in this concept series just makes our audio taste buds salivate.
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