Revel Performa3 C208 Centre Channel
The Revel Performa3 C208 Centre Channel must hold
The centre channel speaker is often described as the hardest-working speaker in a home theatre. If you’re putting together a no-holds-barred surround sound system based on Revel’s remarkable Performa3 series, the Performa3 C208 Centre Channel is the centre speaker for you. If you have a large TV or a projector system, you’ll appreciate this speaker’s blend of nuanced dialogue and uninhibited power. (It’s an impressive sight, too — in fact, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a centre channel this big.)
Custom-designed drivers reduce bad vibrations:
Revel designs and builds every driver that goes into their speakers. The Revel Performa3 C208 Centre Channel’s 4″ midrange driver and dual 8″ woofers use aluminium cones that are anodized on both sides with a micro-ceramic composite compound. This reduces resonances that can colour the sound.
The Revel Performa3 C208 Centre Channel’s 1″ aluminium 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 dual flanking woofers. The result is very smooth, consistent sound both on-axis and off-axis.
Clever cabinet design reduces sonic colourations:
The Revel Performa3 C208 Centre Channel’s cabinet features a curved top and bottom walls built from a series of laminated layers. These curved walls are inherently stiffer than conventional box shapes and are reinforced by extensive internal bracing that eliminates enclosure-induced colourations. The enclosure is sealed to ensure top-to-bottom tonal accuracy and keep male voices from sounding too “chesty.”
Tested by instrument and by ear:
Revel’s world-class speaker design and testing facility feature 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:
If you’re interested in a voice-matched surround sound system, check out these other models from Revel’s Performa3 series:
Floor-standing speaker: Performa3 F208
Bookshelf speaker: Performa3 M106
Subwoofer: Performa3 B112
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.
General Specification of the Revel Performa3 C208 Centre Channel
- 1″ aluminium dome tweeter with proprietary acoustic lens and waveguide for consistent dispersion over a wide listening area
- 4″ anodized aluminium cone midrange driver with cast frame for reduced resonance
- dual 8″ anodized aluminium cone woofers with cast frames for reduced resonance
- ribbed aluminium cones achieve piston-like behaviour eliminating major sources of resonance
- advanced high-order crossovers optimize timbre accuracy both on-axis and throughout the room
- acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet design
- low-frequency extension: 50Hz (-3dB), 41Hz (-6dB), 34Hz (-10dB)
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- recommended amplifier power: 50-350 watts
- dual pairs of gold-plated binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
- the removable grille is magnetically attached
- 28-15/16″W x 12-1/16″H x 13-11/16″D
- weight: 51.5 lbs.