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Revel Performa3 S206

Bipole surround speaker (Matte Black)

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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.

Revel Performa3 S206 tweeter close-up

This close-up view of one of the tweeters shows Revel's proprietary acoustic lens "cap" and concave waveguide for improved dispersion.

Get surrounded by Revel sound

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.

Product Highlights:

  • two sets of drivers in a bi-polar configuration maximize tonal match with other Revel Performa3 speakers
  • dual 1" aluminum dome tweeters with proprietary acoustic lens and waveguide for consistent dispersion over a wide listening area
  • dual 6-1/2" aluminum cone woofers with cast frames for reduced resonance
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet design
  • low-frequency extension: 65Hz (-3dB), 58Hz (-6dB), 52Hz (-10dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended power: 50-150 watts
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
  • two keyhole slots for use with supplied wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not included)
  • 15-13/16"W x 13-1/2"H x 8-3/4"D
  • weight: 16.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Surround loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • Owner's Manual

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Bi-Polar Configuration: The Revel by Harman Performa3 S206 surround loudspeaker's two sets of drivers (tweeters & woofers) operate in a bi-polar configuration to deliver a smooth, uniform response over a very wide listening area, producing an enveloping surround-sound environment that enhances your movie soundtrack's realism for multiple listeners.

Dual 6.5" Aluminum Woofers: The Revel Performa3 S206 loudspeaker features two 6.5" woofers that incorporate several performance-enhancing advances which eliminate common sources of resonance and distortion that can compromise sound quality - even a high volume levels. Each woofer features a ribbed aluminum cone that achieves ideal, piston-like behavior, cast-aluminum frames for excellent rigidity, and a motor-system distortion-reduction mechanism that stabilize the flux field during operation.

Dual 1" Tweeters w/ Integrated Acoustic Lens Waveguides: The Performa3 S206 loudspeaker is equipped with two 1" aluminum dome tweeters that feature integrated acoustic lens waveguides. The acoustic lens waveguides accurately matches the dispersion of the tweeters and woofers in the crossover region and provide consistent sound over a wide listening area. They also generate extremely smooth, far off-axis sound, a critical factor in overall sound quality. Unlike previous waveguide designs, this new acoustic lens waveguide design actually increases dispersion at the highest frequencies, when compared to conventional tweeters. The result is a noticeably improved sense of air and detail, contributing to greater musical enjoyment.

High-Order Crossovers: High-order crossovers dramatically reduce distortion and dynamic compression in this Performa3 Series loudspeaker. This reduction results in cleaner sound and consistent sound quality over a wide dynamic range. These advanced crossovers also optimize timbre accuracy, enhancing the listener's musical enjoyment both on axis and throughout the room. The carefully selected crossover components help Performa3 loudspeakers achieve exceptional performance.

Elegant Enclosure: The Revel Performa3 loudspeaker's elegant enclosure is the product of a process developed and overseen by Italian luxury cabinetmakers. The enclosure even exceeds automotive-finish quality. The speaker enclosure features strategically-oriented bracing that eliminates the possibility of enclosure-induced coloration. A cloth grille hides unattractive hardware on the baffle and also minimizes diffraction and veiling.

Binding Post Terminals: The S206 surround speaker features gold-plated binding-posts that provide secure connection for speaker cables terminated with banana plugs (single only), spade lugs, pin connectors, or bare wire (up to 10AWG). You will need to remove the binding post's rubber inserts in order to use banana plugs.

Wall-Mount Bracket: Built-in mounting keyholes on the rear of the surround speaker are designed to be used with the supplied wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not included). The ideal mounting height is located at 10° to 15° above the primary listener's ears.

Applications: The Revel by Harman Performa3 S206 loudspeaker can be used as a surround and surround back speaker in 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater setup. The loudspeaker's radiation pattern is optimized for use at 90° to the sides of the primary listening area, or placed directly behind the main listening area. 

Position-Independent, Double-Blind Listening Tests: Every Revel by Harman loudspeaker is compared head-to-head with competitors' models in a position-independent, double-blind listening facility. True research-quality processes assure the validity of the listening tests, which employ the latest psychoacoustic research.

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Revel had the best sound of any speaker near its price range in the listening room. Outstanding speakers. [ Rick  Dec 13, 2018 ]

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Compatible speaker stands to not have to match the exact size and shape of the speakers; they just have to provide a top plate large enough to support the speaker. You'll find all of the compatible speaker stands we recommend for the Revel Performa3 S206 by clicking the 'Accessories" tab on the speaker's main webpage. [ Ryan  Mar 30, 2018 ]  Staff