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Revel - "Onstage" or "Audience"?


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#1 longislander

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:33 PM

I have the 14-speaker Revel audio system in my '17 MKZ Select. Overall I think it's just OK (I haven't heard either the base or Ultima systems so I have no basis for comparison).
Anyway today I was playing with the sound settings trying to hear the difference between the QuantumLogic Surround Sound Onstage vs. Audience. Not much of a difference to my ears but I thought the Onstage setting sounded a little crisper and less muddy.
Your comments, opinions, etc.?





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Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:16 AM

I've been using the Audience setting just because I'd rather hear music from the audience as opposed to being in the middle of the stage. I'll have to compare the two and see.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:23 AM

I have the same system in my Continental and am NOT impressed with it at all.   In my opinion, the THX sound system that I had in my MKS was much better.

 

I am not an audiophile so please excuse this question if it is a stupid one:  If a song is not recorded in "Surround Sound" is there any way to make is play back in surround sound?  I cannot tell a lick of difference whether is it onstage, audience or off.

 

As for this base Revel system, I think it sounds tinny.  Even with the base turned as high as it will go, it seems to lack base.  Furthermore, neither the volume control nor the speed compensated volume control  allow for fine enough adjustments.   



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:59 AM

I actually change between the settings from time to time, as it depends on the type of music I am playing. Some get neither, some sound nicer with Onstage, and others with Audience. I'm okay with that since it gives a variety of aspects to enjoy with different music. Some may prefer to "set it and forget it" though, whereas I change my music output settings around frequently.

 

However, my feedback comes from having Revel Ultima to which in my opinion, there IS a big difference in quality. The times I have had rentals with the 14-Speaker Revel did not sound any better or equal to, my 12 Speaker Sony System found in Titanium Ford Fusions.

 

If the Revel 14 Speaker is not the real base sound system, well...I guess I am glad I haven't really heard the actual base sound system yet.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:44 AM

If the Revel 14 Speaker is not the real base sound system, well...I guess I am glad I haven't really heard the actual base sound system yet.

You seriously didn't know that the Revel system is an $1,180 option? 



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:22 PM

I am an audiophile, and the Revel 14 speaker system sounds stunning to me. Half volume is about as loud as I can take. One reviewer said it's the best OEM sound system he had heard in a car under $100K. So I don't know where all this is coming from.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:24 PM

I have the same system in my Continental and am NOT impressed with it at all.   In my opinion, the THX sound system that I had in my MKS was much better.

 

I am not an audiophile so please excuse this question if it is a stupid one:  If a song is not recorded in "Surround Sound" is there any way to make is play back in surround sound?  I cannot tell a lick of difference whether is it onstage, audience or off.

 

As for this base Revel system, I think it sounds tinny.  Even with the base turned as high as it will go, it seems to lack base.  Furthermore, neither the volume control nor the speed compensated volume control  allow for fine enough adjustments.   

 

There are a number of ways to process 2-channel stereo into multiple speakers. Revel has some proprietary technology to do this that leaves the original signal intact.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:29 PM

You seriously didn't know that the Revel system is an $1,180 option?

Oh I knew of it being 2nd tier in cost, but I did not even consider testing the base system after comparing standard revel with ultima. But yeah, in my opinion I wouldnt have paid that when it doesnt sound to surpass the past MKZ THX and Fusion Sony system. Might seem odd but thats how I perceived it.

But sound systems are like fitting clothes, always try them out before buying...

Edited by Zalvern, 08 November 2017 - 01:31 PM.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 02:38 PM

I am an audiophile, and the Revel 14 speaker system sounds stunning to me. Half volume is about as loud as I can take. One reviewer said it's the best OEM sound system he had heard in a car under $100K. So I don't know where all this is coming from.

That sounds more like a description of the Revel Ultima system, not the "plain" Revel.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:02 PM

The Ultima system is great and does get good reviews. The lesser Revel system has been criticized by many.

To Zalvern's point about trying it before buying it, I agree. It was the ONLY feature I didn't try! Since I am not an audiophile at all, I wasn't very fussy but decided to order it since my MKS had the THX system. In reality, it is no better than the Sony system in my wife's Taurus...at least to my ears. In fact, I don't think it is as good. The Ultima system was not a standalone option so I didn't consider it.

Edited by brucelinc, 08 November 2017 - 04:08 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2017 - 05:23 PM

I have the base stereo and it’s awful. Especially listening to Sirius.

Wish I had at least the Revel 14 system.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 03:42 PM

I tried the On Stage and didn't prefer having so much of the sound mix behind me. Otherwise, both sound modes excellent to my ears.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:02 PM

I have the Revel 14.  To me, it sounds best with those options shut off entirely.

 

Also, IMO, it's superior to the THX II in 2014.



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:44 AM

My complaints with the lesser Revel system center around 2 things - lack of bass and poor adjustability of volume.    With THX system in my MKS or the Sony system in our Taurus, I would have the bass around mid-point.  With the Revel, I have it as high as it will go and it still lacks the bass I would expect.

 

With the Revel system in my Conti, volume 6 is not quite loud enough but volume 7 is too loud.   The THX and Sony systems allow for finer adjustments.   Similarly, the speed compensated volume only has 3 settings compared to many more with the THX system.  Level 1 makes no discernible difference, 2 only a slight difference and 3 is way too much.  I can adjust the sound level for front seat passengers by moving more to the front or rear but that upsets the overall balance of sound.

 

My dealer acknowledged that they had gotten other comments about this and a Ford insider on BON also mentioned it.  Fortunately, the sound system is one of the least important things to me so I am not overly concerned about it but since we have a thread related to the system, I am just sharing my thoughts.   Others obviously are quite satisfied with it.








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