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Revel B15
6 Reviews
rating  4.83 of 5
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Description: -3 dB @ 18 Hz (up to full-rated power)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I have owned the B15 for 4 years and really love this unit in my theater room
My room is 2,000 ft3 and the B15 can achieve reference SPL levels in this environment. This subwoofer works great for both music and movies.

I have tested literally hundereds of subwoofers and I still find this unit to be very compelling. The controls on it work great and the recessed nature of them makes it much less likely that they will get moved by dusting or other accidental contact. Their analog nature is also much more reliable than any digital solution. I find this subwoofer to be not quite as good as a JTR Orbit Shifter below 25 Hz and it is not as low distortion above 30 Hz as a REL Stentor III. Since both of those are much more expensive and larger than the Revel it is no surprise they have benefits over the B15. I also have tested the thermal overload circuit and it definitely protects this unit from overhearing.

At this size and price point I prefer the B15 to anything else. If you want a slightly more musical subwoofer I would get a REL Stentor III and if you want more rumble and great music the JTR Orbit shifter would be what I would buy if you have the space.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by let8ride a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Subwoofers are usally designed to excel in either music or home theater applications, but rarely in both. That's why the Revel B15 is such a revolutionary product. It's almost been two years since
I've owned mine and I'm still amazed with its finesse with music and slam in home theater applications. With it's built in 3 band parametric equalizer, it can be tailored to suit both music and
movies. This subwoofer truly does it all and then some. Before I got interested in home theater, the Vandersteen 2Wq I owned was a perfect match for music. It integrated seamlessly with my 2 channel setup. However, once I got seriously into the home theater realm, the Vandersteen just ran out of steam. I was in a quandary with the fact that I did not want to settle for a sub that was great for home theater but suffered from the dreaded overhang on music. I also did not want to own two separate subs either, due to space and setup complexity.

Overhang is caused when the sub cannot sufficiently control the movement of the subwoofer cone, thus resulting in the woofer continuing to vibrate when the music signal stops. This results in a
muddy and boomy presentation that just isn't acceptable when listening to music. This is often a trait of poorly designs found in your major chain electronic super stores.

It took a year of listening to many subwoofers on the market before I
decided on the Revel B15 to replace my 2Wq. Here are some of the ones I demoed - Velodyne HGS 18, Sunfire, Paradigm, NHT, Polk Audio, Krell, etc. Not only does the Revel B15 integrate seemlessly to my
main speakers as well as the Vandersteen 2Wq, its maximum SPL output is 126 db compared to 105 db. Remember that for every additional 10db of output, the ear perceives it as twice as loud. Since the B15 has a 20 db edge over the 2Wq, we're talking about triple the output.

When I played the pod race scene from Star Wars-Episode 1, the roar of the engines was not only heard, but I also felt the pressure wave go through my body 12 feet away. Sometimes, when I forget to fully close the cupboard doors tightly, plates actually fall out of the
shelves. On music, it just lays a solid foundation without getting distracted and annoyed by the typical boominess of lesser subs. This sub, literally pressurizes your room with it's monstrous output.

Don't walk, but run to your nearest Revel dealer and give it a demo.

I would not be surprised if you decide to purchase it within 5 minutes of listening to it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2700.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KEN MCGLOWN a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2003

Bottom Line:   
IF YOU WANT (QUALITY), DEEP, LOW, TIGHT, BASS, THIS IS THE ONE. I ONLY USE IT FOR HOME THEATER APPLICATION (I HAVE THE REVEL SALONS)AND IT'S AN AWESOME SUB. PREFER THE B15 OVER ANY OF THE REL SUBS THAT I'VE TRIED. FOR ME, NO NEED TO LOOK ELSEWHERE.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   THE AUDIBLE DIFFEREN



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Churchill a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I use this sub with a surround home theater setup. The cross over for the monitors is done at 80hz. I use JM Labs Electra 905s, center and surrounds. The interconnect to the sub is Kimber Hero balanced.

My room has at least 2 resonante modes that I cannot control by speaker placement. I was hoping that there would be better subwoofer equalizers available so I could use the HSU's and get a flat response, if they are out there I couldn't find them. I was using a non-HSU amp that did not include equalization and increased the problem with room modes.

The salesman at Definitive recommended the B15. I listened to it in their system with top of the line Revel monitors and was impressed, but that was their system. I got it in my system and it did everything I could not get the HSU's or full range speakers to do in my room. With hours of adjusting the equalizer and moving the speaker I was able to get almost flat response. I ended up using the crossover on the B15 and the 3 equalizer settings to create 4 bands that were equalized.

The quality that I like the most about the B15 sub is that it integrates with my monitors so well I do not notice the sub, it's just part of the music.

On movies the effects are clean and dynamic. I had got used to "boosting" the bass with the HSU's. The bass was deeper then but loose and boomy. With the B15 I do not boost the bass but crank up the volume for movies. When there is bass it comes in quick and clean, when there is no bass there is no boominess, much better.

If you have any problems with resonate modes in your room consider this sub. The Infinity home theater subs also have equalization if you cannot afford the Revel B15. If you can afford a more expensive sub consider 2 or more B15s. I really doubt the improvements a better sub could deliver would be more important than having multiple subs in the room.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Definitive Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Marshall a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Some background: I have been in the hunt for an audiophile sub for over one year to complement my B&W Nautilus 802s. My personal experience has been most subs are designed either for home theatre or music, but not both. The Revel is the first (in my opinion) to bridge the gap.

Prior to the Revel, I auditioned REL, Velodyne, M&K, & the B&W ASW4000. Each had their strengths but none jumped out as an 'overall' winner. As a result, I focused my attention on the B&W since it best matched (sound; finish) my 802s. Each time I auditioned it, I came away feeling something was missing. So I put off my search.

When I read about the Revel B15, I fired up my search & wasn't disappointed. The Revel produces the power of two 15" subs in a relatively small footprint (size). The REL and B&W are large, physical boxes. The best quality of this sub is the sound. It sounds refined & "there" at low volumes but can produce unlimited bass slam on demand. It is a very accurate & quick sub. This is, in my opinion, the refinement it has over the other subs. The B&W and REL are great at high volumes & movies, but lack the the finesse touch at lower to medium volumes.

I was fortunate to be able to compare this sub, side by side, with the flagship B&W sub. Both are very powerful subs but the Revel is easier to setup, is faster in terms of 'start/stop,' and less boomy.

No detail was spared with respect to the Revel sub. Choice of balanced or RCA connections. Parametric EQ for high-pass, low-pass & aux. Revel also provides software you can load to determine proper settings, spl, & positioning. With most other subs you will have to use your ears, pink noise & an spl meter. Like any speaker, it comes down to personal taste. In my opinion, the Revel seamlessly integrated to my Natilus 802s better than any other sub. And I have yet to find a shortcoming with it.

If you are going to spend $2K-$3K on a sub, do some research and audition them with the speakers you have (or plan to buy). In the end you won't be disappointed.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Century Stereo / San Jose, CA




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