$22,000 Revel Ultima2 Salon2 Speakers
In Beautiful Gloss Black Piano Finish
Dollar for Dollar and Pound for Pound
These may be The Best Speakers in the World!
Here's your chance to buy these amazing lightly
used A-stock Revel Ultima2 Salon2 speakers in the Gloss Black finish for almost 50% off. Shipping worldwide at very reasonable rates. These are not B-stock like most of the Revels you see on Audiogon. These were originally purchased as new, A-stock from an authorized dealer in December 2015, they are the latest model. We are selling these because our client switched to the Mahogany finish. He loves the Salon2s so much that he actually owns 3 pairs!
The owner is a doctor, he is very careful with his gear and this pair is from a pet free, non-smoking home. The speakers have never been repaired. The Salon2's are incredibly easy to place, so forgiving. We recently sold a pair of the B&W 802D's and they are definitely a good speaker but they are so finicky about placement I found them a bit challenging. I was constantly adjusting the toe in. It had to be just absolutely perfect for the way I was sitting. If I reclined my chair with the B&W's then the toe in was off, I had to stand up and reset them and come back to my chair. I was in constant motion trying to keep the speakers adjusted. Well with these Revels my son set them up, I just walked in, sat in my chair, they were perfect for me right off the bat. I could recline and do whatever I want. In fact, I listened for 2 days before I even thought about it. Then my pride kicked in and I said, "Oh, maybe I should adjust the left speaker just a tiny bit" and I moved it like 4 degrees just so I could do something! I have customers who have them set up completely off center, or right against brick walls, or glass doors, no toe in, too much toe in, all kinds of things. They still sound amazing. This is truly a speaker that is high end, but you and your spouse and your whole family can live with it. Whereas some of my customers with Wilsons, have the speaker outlined in tape on the floor because it took them so long to find that perfect spot they don't want to risk that the cleaning lady budges a speaker and then they lose it again.
On top of this, I find that the Revel beryllium tweeters are the absolute best of both worlds. I have always been a soft tweeter guy before I got my first pair of these. I found hard tweeters fatiguing for any length of time. I could stand them OK for theater use but not for sustained music listening. I still feel that way about diamond, even some of the ultra high end implementations. And I certainly don't love all beryllium tweeters. But Revel's implementation won me over. Somehow it manages to yield the best characteristics of both a soft and a hard tweeter (no puns please). And in fact the whole speaker is like that. It reminds me and many reviewers of the best qualities we love in a fine electrostatic speaker. But it also has the tight bass and low midrange drive which dynamic speakers excel at and which electrostats struggle with. All in all, this speaker is a tour de force. It is just a very, very hard speaker to top, especially at any kind of reasonable price point. And because FedEx put 2 tiny dings in these so you get them for even less. In all honesty, I WISH Revel would offer a speaker that cost more. I have so many customers who love these and they never upgrade. If Revel would come out with a $50K speaker I bet we'd have people lining up to buy them.
This is a very long listing, there are tons of pictures, reviews, specs, info about these and associated gear, our selling polices, etc. Some of our customers like that kind of detail. Others find it too much. Of course we're aware that "you can't please all the people all the time" but we'll try our best. So please take a look for the information you want, if you don't see it then give us a call or email us
, we are here to assist you, day or night, and we'll do our very best to provide the information you need to make a good decision and then to earn your business if this products is right for you.
Despite the small flaws, these speakers look absolutely magnificent and so my wife took the opportunity of having them here to not only take a full set of photos of the speakers from all angles which we do for all our listings, we also decided to fully test and photograph them with 2 different systems of beautiful gear on a precious Tandem Statement rack from Greece in matching piano gloss black. So you get to read about our experience and see our new line, Audio Alchemy, from Peter Madnick. This is fun affordable line of gear, the combined Preamp/DAC with external power supply and the stereo Power Amp shown here cost less than $5,000 retail. They sound wonderful. The volume control is one of the finest I have ever beheld on a component of any price. Peter and his team actually build the Constellation components, some of which go for over $100,000, and compete directly with the other line we have shown here which is Ypsilon. Ypsilon is our current reference, it is what we won the honor of being StereoTimes favorite room of show at Newport 2016 with, and it drives the Revels to heights I have never experienced before. So enjoy the photos, whether you have a modest system or a cost no object one in your home, these Revels should fit right in- both sonically and aesthetically.
Our client sent us these to sell because he switched to the Mahogany ones. But, unfortunately FedEx Freight put 2 little flaws in the finish of one of these speakers. FedEx Freight had never damaged any of our stuff in 10 years of shipping with them, they are very careful. But something went wrong and one of the two speakers received two small flaws which our photos show very clearly below. The other speaker is still perfect. We have cut the asking price by over $2,000 to account for these small flaws. Note that because the speakers are kind of oval shaped if you are looking down at them from the top and since the flaws are near the back on the side of one speaker, the flaws are not visible from the listening position nor from the top. Even with the speakers toed in quite a lot, even if I toe them in more than they should be, I still cannot see the flaws from my seat. The only time I would see them would be if I was putting in a CD on the rack between the speakers or something like that. The picture below has the flaw in it.
These are small flaws. Looking at the speakers from any distance, I cannot distinguish the flaws from the shine that the reflective gloss black finish gives off in places where lights hit it. The larger of the two marks at it's tallest is about as tall as a US quarter and at it's widest is half an inch wide. The smaller one is shorter than a US nickel and about a quarter of an inch at it's widest. These marks could be repaired at a place that does furniture repair, which most cities have. But we live in rural New Mexico and there is no place like that. And furthermore, as sellers, we feel it is best that we never do anything to conceal a flaw. We actually try to make it stand out as much as possible so that buyers will be able to clearly see what they are getting. If you missed seeing the flaw in the picture above, here it is zoomed in a little and circled.
Our reputation is more important to us than what we get for the speakers. But once you have them you can make them look almost as good as new if you want to do so. I am sure that there would still be some mark visible at close inspection, but from any distance you could make the small flaws disappear. If you're interested in doing a repair, you could take the picture below to a furniture repair place and ask them how much to repair a piano black speaker like this. We have taken over $2,000 off the asking price for these 2 small flaws. If that seems like a good deal to you then great. If you could not live with any flaws, and my best friend is an artist who feels that way about his gear so I am used to that, then we'd be happy to sell you a perfect, brand new pair. I'm sure this pair will be right for someone who either cannot afford the cost of a brand new pair or who can but just values the savings. I have a pair of Rosewood Silverlines that I have had for more than 10 years that I absolutely love that received damage to the corners in shipping. I got a discount on them due to the damage. Whenever I see those flaws they don't bother me a bit, they remind me of the money I saved and all the years of enjoyment the speakers have given me. So, whether you are the kind of buyer who would enjoy an extra discount because of a little cosmetic flaw or whether you would want a brand new product, we'd like to earn your business. Either way, we'll give you the same great service that has earned us 15 years of perfect feedback here and on Ebay (same username).
These come with all original packing, spikes, grills, all original items. One box received only very minor harm where something poked through it in 2 places. We will repair it and reinforce it to be stronger than new. We will ship the speakers professionally strapped down with metal strapping and pro tools on a solid pallet. Additionally, they will be shrink wrapped with many layers to further protect them. We'll put on an anti-stacking device and fragile labels and we'll insure them for safe delivery to you anywhere in the world. We get a discount of up to 80% off on freight due to the high volume of shipping we do so we can get you a good rate to get the speakers to you. Sample rates to a few places are given below. If you're interested in buying the speakers and need a quote please email us.
I know you can find these speakers for a tiny bit less buying from a private seller rather than us. But think about whether that really makes sense. If you ever need service, that private seller is not going to help you. We will. We are still helping people we sold Revels to when we first opened our business. We respond to all service inquiries within one business day and there is no markup on parts or service. Some of those speakers are 20 years old now. We will keep helping those people as long as we live or they live. We even help the people our customers sell their speakers to! We stand behind what we sell. From what we're told, a lot of the dealers these days don't offer service like that, certainly not on used or consignment gear sold at half off. We do. In fact, as we were working on this listing last night at almost midnight a customer who has 7 of the Ultima2 Gem2's in his theater room wrote to say he heard crackling and thought he could have a problem. I stopped what I was doing and wrote him back a response within minutes explaining how to isolate the issue and figure out whether it was the speaker, the amp channel, or something else. Why did I do that? Because if I bought an expensive product from someone I would love to receive service like that. I wouldn't expect a response in the middle of the night of course. But if I got one, great! We live by the Golden Rule here and strive to treat you as we would wish to be treated.
We also get huge discounts on freight, so shipping from us costs less. So if you think it through, paying a little more to get the peace of mind that comes with buying from someone you know will be there to take care of you even decades after you make a purchase, well, isn't that what the high end is about? It is at the High End Zone. We sincerely appreciate everyone who makes it possible for our family to work at something we love. Talking to audiophiles and trying out new gear is a dream job in many ways. And it's you, the customers, who make that possible for us. So thanks for looking at our ads, we hope you'll make a purchase when you find the right piece of gear, or call or email us
if you'd like us to find it for you today.
Of all the products we have ever sold in the 15 + years we have been in business, the Revel Salon2's are the one customers have loved the most. People who bought them years ago still call and email us out of the blue just to say how they still love their speakers. We don't have any other product we have ever sold where people have done that so much. They just make people happy. We have found there is a big downside to selling them which is that some of our customers used to buy new speakers often. Once they get these they never buy new speakers, they are set for life. We realize this means we miss out on sales. But as honorable dealers, we are interested in your satisfaction above our profits. We hope if the speakers become something you want to keep forever, you will buy something else from us.
Not only are these a great sounding speaker, these are SO easy to live with. I have clients who have placed these in just awful positions in their rooms, usually because a style conscious partner insists on that, and still- they get absolutely wonderful sound! This is the most forgiving speaker of any speaker we have ever tried or sold in terms of accepting any kind of room placement, any size of room. We've had people with very tough rooms who had bought 3 or 4 different pairs of speakers, sometimes speakers running more than 3 times as much money as these, and not been able to get a good sound with their difficult acoustics who, when they bought a pair of these Salon2s were able to smile with relief and enjoy their music again. And their wives or partners love them. They don't look like weird robots, they fit in, they tend to actually get compliments from women visitors, which is rare. All around, these are just the best thought out speaker you can get for the money.
People will often ask me about amps and power. The Salon2's are 86.4dB efficient. They have a reputation as a power hungry speaker. It is certainly true that if you have or would like to buy enormous amps that the Salon2's can handle every watt you give them beautifully. I've pinned the meters on a big pair of McIntosh mono blocks at over 1,400 watts and I'm sure my Salon2's could have taken even more good, clean power. Now, admittedly, my nearest neighbor is a quarter mile away, I grew up on the road with the Grateful Dead, and while I love classical and other forms of music too- I definitely like to play rock at true rock concert volumes. So when I put on my Who I want to hear Keith Moon's kick drums just as loud as I would have heard them if he'd lived long enough for me to see him play live (he died just before I was about to see the Who for the first time). Or when I play my Pink Floyd, I terrify my family. At the T.H.E. Show Newport this year we demoed a sweet system with Ypsilon electronics, Acoustic Zen Maestro speakers, Aurender W20 music server and all Verastarr cables. It was our first time demoing at a show. And we are very proud to have won favorite room of show from Stereo Times, we thank them for that great honor. We have used the reviews in their publication for many years to help our clients get the best value for their money. Please give them your patronage.
Actually if you wanted to spend more money than the Salon2's I'd say that the next speaker "up the line" that I would invest in would be the $45K retail Acoustic Zen Maestros that we won with at Newport. While $45K isn't cheap, most people who saw and heard those speakers thought they would run more like $60,000 to $80,000 than $45K. They are an incredible amount of speaker for the money. And the Rosewood veneers they use are just outstanding, or they have other finishes if that isn't to your taste. I love Rosewood.
Here are a couple of review snippets and pictures of our suite at Newport 2016.
"This room was my show favorite."- Don Schaulis, Stereo Times
"Many aspects of the Acoustic Zen/Aurender/Ypsilon system from High End Zone of New Mexico were exemplary. On my 24/192 file of Mason Bates' "Alternative Energy," found on the recent SF Symphony SACD Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra, I actually heard greater depth than on my reference system."- Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile
If you did not make it to our room, please enjoy a virtual listen by watching this AV Showrooms video
And, if you are ready to dive into the digital music realms with Aurender, John Stancavage's review of our room for Part-Time Audiophile
will give you lots of good information. He shares that our "sound was very clean, dynamic and liquid. Even though it was digital, it seemed to have the depth and texture of analog, without the extra warmth or pops and clicks."
At T.H.E. Show Newport whenever I got my hands on the controls, I terrified people and drove not only the guests but our staff and my family from the room playing Zeppelin or Floyd at volumes that completely overloaded the room (despite the loan of a few wonderful new Tube Traps from Art Noxon, CEO of Acoustic Sciences Corporation
). I quickly learned that if I wanted to have any guests in the room that I better leave the controls in the hands of my wife and son or Kevin Brook, our installer who worked for Arnie Nudell designing and building speakers at Genesis Loudspeakers for many years.
But I digress, I was talking amps ... So you get the idea, I like it really loud. I often say the kind of sound I am going for when I design a system, ideally designing the whole room including custom acoustic treatments, is a sound like what I remember from standing on stage with the Dead at Red Rocks. Just completely blown wide open, rock flowing through me with unlimited power.
And these speakers can do that for sure. Few speakers actually can. Especially few that are this affordable. But these ones can. To do that however, if you have a room for it, and a wife and neighbors who will allow it and so on, you will want some big power. But how much you need varies widely. For example, the 220W Ypsilon Aelius II tube Mono Blocks shown in some of the photos can drive the speakers much louder than a 500 watt McIntosh solid state mono block. I absolutely could NOT turn the volume all the way up with the Ypsilon, I would die. Now this did not make much sense to me. I would normally think that a 500 watt solid state amp is going to be able to drive the speaker a lot louder than a 220 watt tube amp. Not necessarily to sound better, and obviously the Ypsilons sound much better, but I would have thought the McIntosh would be louder. But it wasn't. So it's not just a simple matter of how many watts. And please don't take this as putting the Mac amps down. I loved how they sounded with the Salon2's and I don't think any normal person would ever have a shortage of power with a 500W Mac mono block on these speakers. In truth, we have customers who drive these speakers with low powered Single Ended Triode (SET) amps and absolutely love them. They probably don't play rock at the same volume I do but they love the speakers and are happy with the combination. I have driven these amps with everything from a very humble 100WPC 7 channel JBL theater amp that I got for $500 to the $40,000 a pair Ypsilon Aelius II's that we debuted at Newport this year and which are driving these speakers in some of the pics here. That little JBL amp, also sold for more by Harman under their Lexicon brand, was darn good. I was actually driving a 7 channel Ultima2 set with Salon2's, a Voice2 center, Gem2 sides and a pair of Studio2's in the rear with that little $1,000 retail amp I had gotten on sale for $500. It was really great for theater and even decent for concert BluRays, all for $500 driving like $60,000 worth of speakers. But I've used McIntosh MC-501 and MC-601 mono blocks, a couple different Bryston amps, a Krell Evolution 402 stereo amp with the Krell 2-chassis Evo preamp, several different Mark Levinson solid state amps, those of course were designed in the same facility as these speakers in Northridge, CA and specifically built to drive these speakers. Some of them do it very, very well indeed like the Mark Levinson No. 532 and the Mark Levinson No. 53 although the cost of them is on the high side of course. But there is a lot to be said for getting products that are designed to work together. I haven't gotten to try out a Mark Levinson No. 536 with the Salon2's in my system yet but I look forward to being able to do that. Probably even the No. 534 would be fantastic. I've used a variety of theater amps including the massively powerful Verastarr amps, the Cinepro amps, and AB International which were the amps that Frank Zappa used and swore by (Zappa and my dad were roommates in college). I've bi-amped with some of those amps giving the speakers 1,600 WPC into 4 ohms.
We just signed as dealers for Audio Alchemy, a fabulous company that makes the beautiful compact gear, shown here in this system.
Their DDP-1 DAC/Preamp with PS-5 external power supply is shown on the middle shelf with their DPA-1 125WPC compact hybrid Class A/Class D power amp shown below it. I didn't buy their stuff to drive speakers as large as these Revels. While they can do it and they sound wonderful I like them better driving my Silverines which are far more efficient and that's what I got them for, to use with an Aurender N100H in one of my smaller systems.
The Ypsilon Aelius II mono blocks
, weigh in at 100 pounds per mono amp and deliver 220 watts into 8 ohms, 350 watts into 4 ohms. With these I can drive the Revel Ultima Salons as loud as I want, actually I cannot stand to go past about 2/3 on the volume knob, it gets too loud but still perfectly clean.
So the speakers can take as much power as you want to give them. But how much you NEED to give them will depend widely on whether you like it loud, how big your room is, how much absorption, the type of music you listen to and so on. We want you to be happy with your purchase. We are not the kind of dealer that wants to sell you speakers then have you find that you need an amp, then you need a preamp and you just have to keep spending. That's not our way. Of course if you WANT to keep buying then we are at your service and happy to assist. But we don't want you to feel you got trapped into a purchase you didn't plan for. So if you have a question as to whether your amp(s) are up to the job then email us
or give us a call and we'll give you honest advice. Not because we want to sell you more stuff but because we enjoy talking with fellow music lovers and we'd like to make your acquaintance. The way we look at it, even if this deal is not the right one for you, you'll remember we treated you well and hopefully come back and buy from us in the future. It happens all the time that people tell us they've been reading our ads for a decade before they make a purchase. We appreciate it. I know they are long! So thanks for reading. We try to cover whatever questions we think you might have. But of course we can't cover them all so do call or email if you still have a question for us.
We personally enjoy seeing curves and drivers of these beautiful speakers. However, some people prefer them with their magnetically attached grilles, especially if they will be used in the theater.
These speakers are perfect for both stereo and home theater. Many people build a combined system where they have 2 channel and 7 channel in the same room, or even now we are doing 11 channel Revel Ultima2 Atmos systems, plus subs, and can do even more than that. We can do the design, installation, calibration, of both audio and video. If you need a Revel Ultima2 Voice2 center channel or you need some Revel Ultima2 Gem2 speakers for surrounds we can also make you a package deal on those, or just sell you those by themselves, whatever you need. We don't advise it but if you want to use these for the left and right and use Performa3's for the surrounds, we can help you do that too. We can also get you the Salon2's in the Mahogany finish though this price is only for Gloss Black, a new pair in Mahogany would obviously be more. Still, you would save thousands buying from the High End Zone even if you chose to buy new. And we provide top notch service after the sale. We are still taking care of customers we sold Revels to 15 years ago and we'll always continue to do so. We sell the full Revel line, including the wonderful Performa3 series, the Concerta2 series, the Revel Architectural in-wall speakers and more.
We have sold over 200 pairs of Revel speakers to satisfied customers around the world. We have 100% feedback with never one single complaint. You can trust us to fulfill your order and to treat you as a valued customer long after the sale is complete. Will you get that if you buy from a private seller or another discounter? I don't think so. Where do you go years from now if you need some parts or service? With us you can feel very confident your investment is safe because we will take care of your parts and service needs with no markup. Also, if you should sell or trade in the speakers, you can pass our info along to whoever you sell them to and we will take care of that person too. Who else will do that?
You need a package with amps and cables? Fine, we have it. You need a projector and screen? Of course we can advise on the best one for your theater and budget and give you a great deal. Please give us the chance to earn your business. I think you'll be glad that you did. We have served CEO's, NFL players, movie industry figures of course, but also mechanics, fireman, police officers, many who serve in the military. We appreciate those who serve, those who work in hard jobs that are not much appreciated. We also know being rich and famous comes with many challenges as well. We are not snobs, we do not treat one person better than another. Some dealers have the idea that because a person is wealthy he should pay them more for things. We don't follow that philosophy. We don't haggle and everyone gets a fair deal with us. We were buying this kind of gear for many years ourselves before we got into the business so we understand that nobody has too much money that he or she should waste it. If you do have so much, you can save a bundle on your gear then make a gift to charity. You can always take your savings and leave it to your kids or give it to a charity. Giving to charity is one of the most satisfying things in life.
When I was 19, I bought some reference KEF's out of the back of one of the audio magazines. I loved those speakers that I had to save up for more than a year to buy. But then I blew a tweeter. And the dealer who sold them to me would not help, the local dealer did not want to help since I did not buy it there. Finally, I found one who would but he charged me more than 50% of what I paid for the speakers to fix the problem of one little tiny blown tweeter! He told me the only way to get the part was to buy whole new tweeter and midrange sections for both speakers from England (6 drivers total), wait for months for him to get the parts, etc. So I have been through that and I know a lot of people are afraid to get a deal on speakers because of that kind of experience. Nobody wants to be treated the way the KEF dealers treated me all those years ago. But we replaced tweeters for someone with the original Salons, a speaker costing almost 10 times as much as those KEF's I had, and the cost was under $500 to replace both tweeters with brand new ones. So, very reasonable, and that was after he had used them over 10 years. Most of our customers who have had them 5-10 years have not had any problems at all. But if they do then we are here to help at any time. All service inquiries are responded to within 1 business day even though we charge no markup on the service at all. So you can buy with confidence. If you buy from us then we want you to be our customer for life so we'll treat you well, just as we ourselves want to be treated and how I wish they had treated me when I bought the KEF's at 19.
Robert Harley's review
describes the Salon2s as "A Tour-de-Force in Contemporary Loudspeaker Design." This is the speaker that won the coveted Absolute Sound Loudspeaker of the Year Award for 2007 in the "Cost Is No Object" category and it was featured on the cover of The Absolute Sound in January 2008. Mr. Harley has stated that if he had to use his own money to buy speakers that these are the speakers he would buy over ALL other speakers he has ever tested at any price point. I feel the same way, as I think a lot of other reviewers and experts do. Mr. Harley's statement is a very powerful one unlike anything I have ever heard from him. While this was said over 8 years ago and many speakers have shown themselves in the speaker market, we believe that the Revel speakers remain high on the best all around speaker list. See the list below for all of it's accolades over the years.
Now at $22,000 retail, this cannot be considered a "cheap" speaker. However, the Sonus Faber Stradivari won comparable recognition from Stereophile and The Absolute Sound but at $48,000, it retails at more than twice the cost of the Salon2. So in terms of performance and value, I feel that this is Dollar for Dollar the Best Speaker in the World. I've sold this model to clients around the world and of all the products that we sell or have ever sold this is the top most loved product of any kind. Buyers who bought them years ago still write me from time to time to remark how they still love them. And these speakers are unique in what we sell in another way. I typically ask people who buy something like this what they are replacing, this helps me learn what they like. In around 40% of my sales of these, the buyers have been replacing a speaker that cost more, often a lot more. Well, in many areas of life that may not be too uncommon, the computer you bought this year often costs less than the one you bought last year for example. But for audiophiles, it's actually quite rare that we "step down" in cost unless something forces that. To voluntarily replace a $50,000 pair of speakers with a $22,000 pair and then to find that the $22,000 pair sounds better is actually very unusual. And these remarkable speakers are the ONLY product I know of where such a thing is common and not a great rarity.
I've sold these to buyers who had Rockports, Wilsons, B&W's, Egglestons, Magicos and many other brands of expensive speakers. Before Kevin Voecks came out with the Ultima2 line of Revels, I sold Revels mostly for home theater; I especially designed quite a number of theaters around F50's and later F52's. For the high-end audiophile customer, I usually sold Wilsons. But when the Ultima2's came out, I was so blown away by them that I had to have many of them for myself and I pretty much stopped selling Wilsons, aside from selling off my own to replace them with Revels. It was great for me that I could take a Wilson speaker I had bought new and sell it used for enough to buy new Revels. That's not how upgrades usually go. And many people who bought Wilsons from me back then followed me and replaced them with Revels and have really appreciated the sonic upgrade.
But how is that possible you might ask, that Revel makes a speaker that can offer so much performance at a lower price? Well, the truth is that Revel is not spending the kind of money that Dave Wilson spends on having a highly skilled workforce in the US individually mill each and every part of his speakers out of solid billet aluminum for example, or other such perfectionist practices. Revel clearly spends on R&D and designing a beautiful product at their facility in CA, which has been described as the world's most advanced audio facility, and they are built well, don't get me wrong. But I'd say more like Lexus well than Rolls Royce well. In fact, I had a customer who was considering buying the Salon2's, but he was complaining that the stitch work in his 2010 Bentley was not of high enough quality compared to his 2006 Rolls (I hope I got the years right--don't buy a car based on this anecdote please). I told him that he should not order the Revels in Mahogany because the grade of veneer that Revel is using is not, to my eye at least, the very finest and there are some imperfections--or what I consider imperfections, at least. I tell perfectionists like him to buy the black ones. I don't think Mr. Wilson would allow something like that, it goes against the grain for him, pun intended. But I honestly have to say that I admire Kevin Voecks and the people at Revel for doing things this way and for making this incredible speaker affordable to people who either can't or just aren't going to pony up $50,000 for a pair of speakers. And I prefer the mahogany wood ones. I honestly don't mind that they may not have used the most expensive veneer they could because for me it is a loudspeaker and the sound is what I care the most about. That said, these speakers do have incredibly high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). We have women come in the showroom and just stand there stroking these speakers all the time. They did not like the old design Salons, which I loved the look of myself. But they love these. These speakers have the highest WAF of any loudspeaker we have ever sold, bar none.
Now, as a dealer who has customers who LIKE spending $50K and up for speakers, I wish that Mr. Voecks WOULD design a product in that range that I can sell them, yes I do. And another one in the $100K plus range. And who knows, maybe there is even a market for some above that. We have Lansche and Scaena and Perfect8 and other loudspeakers we can sell in those price ranges. The trouble is they do not offer a vertically integrated and aesthetically integrated line for the whole home like Revel does. I can sell you Scaena towers for prices from about $35,000 retail all the way up to $165,000 retail but they don't have regular center channels or surrounds. True, they have offered to custom make them for me, which is great, I really appreciate that and would love to do a custom theater with their stuff all around. I can sell you Perfect8's for $375,000 a pair. But again, they don't have a full line of speakers for every purpose like Revel does. Revel has everything already out there, ready to go, with great reviews to back it up. You can show your wife exactly what it will all look like. And buyers love that. And I am very happy that Revel has made it so I can afford to have a speaker that is quite legitimately among the best in the world. I cannot afford a Rolls or a Bentley, even with a big discount for shoddy stitching in the leather. But I can enjoy these speakers, and I do!
In fact, at one point we had a 7 channel set of these in our own theater, 2 Salon2's in front, a Voice2 center, Gem2's on the sides and Studio2's in the rear. The sound was phenomenal!
Our more recent theater recommendations feature 3 Salon2's in the front behind a Screen Excellence acoustically transparent curved screen mounted in a false wall covered in speaker cloth. This is the system that we design and build for our clients who want the very best home theater possible, one that meets the highest audiophile standards for listening to music and watching movies, concerts or anything else they do in the room. We even did a room with a recording studio in the back that can open up to the theater! That room had 24 subwoofers in it. But in the more normal rooms we use 3 Salon2's behind the screen and then 4-6 Revel Gem2's mounted on the side and rear walls with 5 REL Acoustics subs. We actually had one of our customers who surrounded himself with 7 Salon2's plus 4 big JL Audio subwoofers! Whatever type of system you desire for your home theater, man cave, media room, or any other space in your home(s) we can help you realize the system of your dreams more affordably. Our installer has worked in the industry more than 30 years, he is an accomplished classical musician, he has worked for a genius designing and building speakers and amps, and he has many years of experience doing custom installation for the most discerning clients in Vail, CO. During the off season in Vail he is available to travel to you, in or outside the United States, and install the system of your dreams which I will help you to design.
If you need any other products to go with the Salon2's just let us know, we'll be happy to assist you and to make a package deal. We are a family company and you will get personal attention from the CEO, his wife and son. All of us live with and use gear like this every day and we have since before we entered the business. So we know what it's like to be a family who buys such things, we had a Runco theater for example long before we sold home theaters. I don't know any other sellers for whom that is true.
Here are a few more choice quotes from Robert Harley's review:
"The Salon2s treble reproduction was quite simply the best I've heard from a dynamic loudspeaker. The top end was highly detailed, but not in a brash or analytical way. Cymbals, for example, were portrayed with a delicacy and inner detail that must be heard to be believed. It was as though the metallic sheen overlaying the treble were so accustomed to hearing in reproduced music was stripped away to reveal the nuance and subtlety of the cymbals texture. The instrument went from sounding like a course burst of white noise to a highly complex and subtle rendering in which I could hear the overtones shimmering off the cymbals surface along with the finely filigreed decay. In addition to this extraordinary treble resolution, the top end was free from grain and glare. In the treble, the Salon2 had the fine resolution of transient detail of the best ribbons, the transparency of an electrostatic, and the dynamics and the impact of a dynamic driver.
The Salon2s coherence is breathtaking; it sounds very much like a full-range electrostatic rather than a complex four-way, six-driver cone loudspeaker that is, there's no sense of discontinuity between drivers, just a seamless musical fabric from top to bottom. The trebles integration with the midrange is by far the best I've heard from any multi-way loudspeaker. Often, dome tweeters call attention to themselves by fostering the impression of the treble riding on top of the music, somehow detached and not quite part of the musical fabric. The Salon2 overcomes this not just with an extremely clean and grain-free top-end, as described earlier, but also with its perfect integration into the rest of the spectrum. The musical consequences of this cannot be overstated; the Salon2 sounds more like live music and less like an electromechanical recreation.
Bottom-end extension was outstanding - the Salon2 pressurized my listening room with the organ pedal tones on Rutters Requiem (Reference Recordings)."
The Revel Salon2 is a significant achievement in contemporary loudspeaker design. Its advanced engineering translated directly to a profoundly compelling listening experience. This loudspeaker sets a new standard in low coloration, lack of signature, seamless coherence, and truthfulness to the source, in my experience. It's a bonus that this level of performance comes in such an attractive package with a relatively small footprint. But the real icing on the cake is the Salon2s price. Although $22,000 is a big chunk of money for a pair of loudspeakers, that's a relative bargain in today's world for a truly world-class loudspeaker. And the Salon2 is without question a world-class loudspeaker
I could not agree more with the eminent Mr. Harley's review. I quoted as much as I felt was proper to do so, please download and read the whole thing yourself if you want to. I attend CES as often as I can, and some years I have listened to virtually every sound room there. Once, I found myself sitting on the couch listening with several of the top reviewers in the business, Neil Gader from The Absolute Sound, Michael Fremer and John Atkinson from Stereophile, and many others were nearby. I have great respect for these guys. I think its a very challenging job what they do, not only listening very, very carefully, but then finding a way to translate their experiences into words that audiophiles around the world can use to decide if a piece of gear might be right for us or not.
I live in a remote place, the nearest high-end audio dealer other than myself is hundreds of miles away. Often, I have to buy a piece of gear just to get the chance to hear it. The reviewers do a lot to make it possible for me to make an informed guess about what things I might like to try. And they are very brave to put their opinions out there. I think it must take a lot of courage for Robert Harley and the other editors and writers at the Absolute Sound to choose a $22,000 speaker from Revel as their Cost Is No Object Loudspeaker of the Year
. At CES, we were listening to systems anywhere from a few thousand to well over a million dollars for just a 2 channel playback system with source, amps, and a pair of speakers. To be chosen as the BEST for $22,000 retail? That is just amazing. To get these speakers here for much less, well, that is truly a blessing. If you have been successful enough in life to afford these, I thoroughly encourage you to give them a try!
Again, this listing is for a lightly used pair of Revel Ultima2 Salon2 speakers with Black Gloss Piano finish.
This pair does have the 2 minor flaws close together on one speaker caused in freight coming to us. Please check the pictures. We have thoroughly tested the speakers and lived with them for a month after that damage to be sure there is absolutely no problem with them at all. We don't want you to buy something with any problem. Please check the photos carefully and see if you could live with those 2 minor flaws which are on the side where the speaker slopes toward the back and would almost certainly NOT be visible from your listening position. That said, if you prefer brand new speakers, or Mahogany speakers, or a different speaker such as Acoustic Zen, Lansche, Wilson Benesch, Scaena, Starke, or another brand please contact us
so we can try to earn your business.
Here are the specifications for these fine loudspeakers that I pulled from Revel's website
Ultima2 Loudspeaker Series, 4-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker
3 dB from 23 Hz to 45 kHz +/-0.5 dB from 29 Hz to 18 kHz +/-1.0 dB from 26 Hz to 20 kHz
Four-way, high-order acoustic response @150 Hz, 575 Hz, and 2.3 kHz
Piano black or mahogany finish
High-frequency Drive Components
4" (10 cm) titanium cone midrange
6 ohms (nominal) 3.7 ohms (minimum @ 90 Hz)
Low Frequency Extension
10 dB at 17 Hz -6 dB at 20 Hz -3 dB at 23 Hz
Low-frequency Drive Components
Three 8" (20 cm) titanium cone woofers
Mid-frequency Drive Components
6.5" (16.5 cm) titanium cone mid-woofer
86.4 dB SPL with 2.83 V @ 1m (4 pi anechoic)
Ultrahigh-frequency Drive Components
1" (2.5 cm) beryllium tweeter
146 lb (66.3 kg) Shipping weight: 178 lb (80.7 kg)
23" (58.4 cm)
14" (35.6 cm)
53.3" (135.4 cm)
This pair of Revel Ultima2 Salon2 speakers with Black Piano finish including grilles, bases, spikes sets, and manuals in original packaging.
These highly acclaimed speakers have received the following awards and reviews:
2013 "Editors' Choice" Award, The Absolute Sound
2012 "HiFi Product of the Year", Stuff Vietnam Awards
2012 "Editors' Choice" Award, The Absolute Sound
2011 "Best 25 Audiophile Speakers of All Time List", Ranked #11, AudiophileReview.com
2011 "Editor's Choice" Award, The Absolute Sound
2010 "Editor's Choice" Award, The Absolute Sound
2010 "ADEX", Silver Award for Design Excellence, Design Journal
2009 "Best Performance of the Year" Award, Audio Art (Japan)
2009 "Best Floorstanding Loudspeakers of the Year" Award and Review by Jerry Del Colliano, HomeTheaterReview.com
2009 "Best Performance of the Year" Award (Product of the Year – Edge of the Art) and Review by Doug Schneider, SoundStage! Network
2009 "Outstanding Overall Performance Floorstanding Speaker" Award (Premier / Super AV Award), Sound Concepts Ltd. (China)
2009 "Editor's Choice" Award, The Absolute Sound
2009 "Revel Ultima2 Salon2 Speaker System" Review by Fred Manteghian, HomeTheater.com
2008 "Editor's Choice" Award, The Absolute Sound
2008 "Joint Loudspeakers of the Year" Award and Review by Larry Greenhill, Stereophile
2008 "Editor's Choice Component of the Year" Award, Stereophile
2008 "Editor's Choice" Award, Sound & Vision
2008 "Product of the Year" Award, HiFi + (United Kingdom)
2008 "Best Performance of the Year" Award, Audio Art (Japan)
2008 "Revel Ultima2 Speaker System" Review by Sumit Chawla, Secrets of HT & Hi-Fi
2007 "Loudspeaker of the Year" Award and Review by Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound
2007 "Speaker System of the Year" Award and Review by Thomas Norton, Ultimate A/V
2007 "Gear We Love the Most" Award and Review by Thomas Garcia, A/V Revolution
We have disabled the "Buy it Now" button on Audiogon because we had a whole run of people 2 years ago who agreed to buy then didn't pay. We prefer to do business the old fashioned way where we exchange emails like gentlemen and conduct a smooth and safe transaction for all parties. Because we don't own this we cannot take much less than the asking price for it. If you make us a low offer there is no way I am going to go to this gentleman and tell him that I have a low offer, that so and so really wants it but his wife won't let him spend more than X amount for it. I'll just ignore the lowball offer and wait til a better one comes in. However, if you want to buy this together with some other items, as part of a package deal, then that would be something we can discuss. Just let me know what items you want.
If you are the one who decides to purchase this item, thank you and enjoy! Our full store policies are included below the pictures, but for now I would like to let you know about a few of them. For payment, we are happy to accept a cashier's check, a bank wire or PayPal. If PayPal is your preferred payment method then please add the following percentage of your purchase and shipping price to your total to cover the PayPal fees: 3% for domestic buyers or 4% for international buyers. Also, since this is a consignment sale where the equipment does not belong to us but to our customer, we need to ask that the buyer promptly inspect and test the item upon receipt and report any problems found so that if there is a problem found we could withhold funds from paying our customer to deal with the problem. We don't think there will be any problem, but once we have paid him we won't have any recourse if any problem is found. So, please take the time to unpack and test as soon after the equipment arrives as possible. Our policy states that we will hear from you within 10 days of receipt if any discrepancy is found. However, what we really want is to receive your email saying how much this enhances your listening experience right away, just as soon as possible so that we know you are satisfied. But if there is any problem at all then we want to hear about that right away as well, so that we can make it right for you and make this a successful transaction for all concerned!
Also, because we're selling this for a client and have to give him the cash for it, we're not going to take trades. Since this is not ours we cannot discount it much, but we can give you an extra discount on other items we sell to make you a package deal. So if you want some Lansche speakers or Ypsilon amps or any of the many other things we sell, which are listed below, then please email us about it.
We would be happy to sell your gear on consignment if that would help you to purchase this or other items from the High End Zone. In some cases we might sell your gear on consignment even if you don't want to buy more gear from us, if the gear is very nice. Our most successful customers are very busy folks and we understand that if they spend hours answering questions from Audiogoners, that is thousands of dollars that they lost in terms of what they could have earned with that time. We do have some restrictions as to what we can sell because of the manufacturer rules about online sales and so on, but we do our best to help. We can arrange to have the gear picked up from your home or office, or in some cases we can even have someone come in and pack it for you. Then we will handle all the testing, photography, sales of the item and follow up after the sale. Since many people prefer to buy from a dealer and because we have 12 years of perfect feedback on Audiogon and Ebay with no neutrals or negatives ever we can usually get more for your items than you could get yourself. Depending on the exact item, you may net as much or even slightly more having us sell it. And once you factor in the value of your time, it's a clear savings to let us sell the gear for you. So let us know if we can be of service to you in that area.
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Here is the shipping info for the
$22,000 Revel Ultima2 Salon2
These Revel Salon 2 speakers must ship by freight as they are too big and too heavy for regular ground service. Approximate costs for insured freight will be as follows:
- Continental US: $800-950
- Canada: $900-1200
- Europe, Asia by air freight: $1200-1300
- Australia, New Zealand, Middle East by air freight: $1300-1500
We get very good freight rates and we have a superb track record of delivering to customers in every continent but Antarctica. Please check our feedback from years of trading on Audiogon and buy with confidence.
Origin: We ship from Gila, NM 88038 / USA
Please email us at Sales@HighEndZone.com if you are sincerely interested in purchasing this and have any questions. We may also be contacted by phone at 575.535.2280.
Thank you for your interest.
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We offer professional packing, prompt shipping with tracking info sent to you and a high level of customer service and support. We provide guaranteed quality and service. We think we are the perfect service for the customer who wants great savings but does not have time for all the hassle of putting together a system with pieces obtained from many different sellers. We offer one stop shopping for all your high-end needs.
The High End Zone, is a full service audio and home theater dealer offering superb gear at substantial discounts. That's our demo theater above, loaded with the gear that I love and the same gear that we love to sell, Runco, Revel, JL Audio, McIntosh, Anthem, Lexicon and more.
The High End Zone is all about listening to good music, talking to clients around the world by email, and helping people get the most joy out of the time and money they invest in their high-end audio and theater hobbies. If you're a successful individual, you and your family should be able to enjoy beautiful music and video in your home affordably, and the buying process should be fun, not a chore. We're dedicated to that and I hope we get the chance to sell you something that you and your family can enjoy together for a long time in good health, just as my family and I enjoy our several high-end audio and video systems!
Thank you for your interest, please do not hesitate to email us with your questions at Sales@HighEndZone.com or give us a call at 575.535.2280.
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Please check your purchases promptly upon arrival. In general, our policy is that any flaw, damage, missing item, incorrect item, etc. must be reported to High End Zone by email no later than 3 days (72 hours) after that item is delivered. If you are not able to check the item yourself in that time frame, please make the necessary arrangements to have someone else make such a check for you in your absence.
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In rare cases we have allowed a return to happen for a 20% restocking fee. Any item that is returned to us due to any reason other than the item not working properly or not in the condition we describe, the buyer will be charged a 20% restocking fee. This includes sales where the buyer "changes his mind", where his wife beats him over the head for spending too much money, where some unforeseen crisis, financial or otherwise, strikes the buyer, his family, his friends/ business/ job/ pets/ favorite sports team/ etc. or any other reason that the buyer may seek to cancel the sale or return the item for some reason other than a mistake or discrepancy on the High End Zone's part. And this includes cases where the buyer changes his mind and wants to cancel the sale before he even receives the item, possibly before we even ship it. We are a small company and the moment a buyer commits to purchase one of our items we are redeploying our capital to get other items for our customers to buy. If you decide 2 hours or 2 minutes after you buy something that you don't want it anymore, chances are we've already spent the money to restock. So the restocking fee absolutely applies in all cases of buyers changing their minds, wanting to cancel a sale after it is agreed or returning an item for any reason other than High End Zone providing a flawed or incorrect item. This does not mean that we will agree to accept a return or to allow for the cancelation of an order where a buyer changes his mind. An order is a contract to purchase and we are setting aside the goods for you the moment you order them. You would never want us to accept a higher offer after we accepted yours and sell the goods to someone else, and we would never do that. By the same token, we expect you to follow through on what you have contractually promised to do and to pay for your item as agreed.
So for example, if a buyer who used PayPal were to apply to PayPal for a refund because he changed his mind about purchasing an item, then IF we did give that refund it would be less the 20% restock fee. So the moral of the story is, if you're not sure you want it, just don't buy, wait until you actually are sure, and then buy. It's the same as if you're going to buy a house, you don't sign the contract til you and your wife are sure you want the house and can afford it. I feel like an idiot for having to say this but we have had a number of people who think "I changed my mind." or "My wife says I can't buy the amp." just magically gets them out of a contract they agreed to with us. With no consideration that we have incurred costs above and beyond the listing fees. By taking it off the market we may have lost potentially perfect buyers and we will have to spend more on listings fees and so on. So, we have to be strict about this and ask that buyers please be conscientious here. We charge low margins, that's only possible if people follow through and pay for items as agreed. So while all sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges unless you receive a defective item and report that within 3 days as specified above, IF for some reason we do agree to accept your return or cancel your order when there is no mistake or defect on High End Zone's part, then you agree to pay us the 20% restocking fee on your order.
In the case of items that are shipped internationally the buyer is responsible to make sure the item clears customs in a timely manner. We've had cases where buyers waited a long time to pay their customs bill, delaying the release of the item. The trouble with that is we need to know promptly if there is any problem with your item so that we can file a shipping claim if needed or withhold payment from a consignor or a supplier on a defective item, etc. So we now require that any item be picked up from Customs within 5 business days or less in order to preserve the buyer's protections for shipping damage and defective merchandise under our selling policies. We discourage the use of Postal Mail as it may be harder to meet this deadline using that shipping method. Generally FedEx will clear items within one business day.
We can sometimes make an exception to some of the above policies if you change your mind in order to buy something else that we can sell you that costs more. For example, if you make a deal to buy a JL f113 from us and then you decide that what you REALLY want is a Gotham g213, then we can probably work it out to make that switch for you without a restocking fee. That said, please don't buy if you're not sure that you want the item you are buying. If you need to check with your wife, your broker, your business partner, your kids, or the Supreme Court before you buy, please do that. The High End Zone cannot be held responsible for any case of wives beating their husbands for spending too much money on good gear!
The High End Zone is a full service home theater dealer located in Southwest New Mexico. While we are well established as the premier dealer in our small town market, we also serve many clients who have multiple homes or live in far-flung places. The world is increasingly a small place and I delight in talking with and serving clients from all continents and many countries of the world. Depending on your needs we are happy to just sell you gear (note some manufacturers may prohibit us from sending gear to certain places) or we can provide a full service experience including system design, acoustic design and construction, installation, programming, and more. We've done work for very high profile clients with multiple homes and we are also proud to serve many hobbyists who enjoy this hobby on a modest budget. No matter your budget, we'll strive to provide the products you want at a price that is fair with top shelf service.
Some of the many lines we sell include, but are not limited to:
Acoustic Sciences Corporation ASC Tube Traps
Capriccio Continuo (ATD)
Daniel Hertz (ultimate audio creations of Mr. Mark Levinson)
Extreme Media Servers
HB Cable Design
PHC (Professional Home Cinema)
Stewart Film Screens
*List includes lines we are factory direct with as well as lines we get through distribution or through our extensive dealer network. Most customers don't care whether we are factory direct if we provide authentic product and great service at a fair price, but if you care about this or any other issue, please ask us.
Unlike most shops that sell a very small number of lines that they are authorized for and will always try and talk customers in to buying just those few lines, we are willing to sell you virtually any line that you want. Obviously we make a lower profit if we have to get it from another dealer, but our goal is to provide you, the customer, with one stop shopping and top notch service. It's more like the business model of Amazon than the old school brick and mortar stores. We want the customer's business and we will try and earn it by providing competitive pricing and top notch service for you on whatever brands you want. Of course if you are not sure what brands are best for your needs and want us to provide expert analysis of what gear represents the best value for your dollar, we are more than happy to provide that too. We spend a great deal of time and money listening to and viewing a wide range of audio and video systems, as well as bringing in gear for long-term testing in our facilities. Most of the salesmen you might deal with in a home theater store do NOT have a high-end audio video system in their homes. I have 4 such systems, including Runcos in every nook and cranny, and I live with this stuff daily. So I truly know what works well and what is worth spending money on and what is not. And even if I used something for years and loved it, when I hear something better, that is a better value, I switch immediately. My main loyalty is to the customer and your satisfaction--I want you to buy not just one thing from us, but all your gear, for life, and to recommend us to your friends and family. To that end, I will strive to give you the best and most honest advice, fair prices and great service. And I'll try to get you any brand you want, ultimately your system needs to satisfy you, not me.
Our clients certainly enjoy their home audio and video rooms. We do as well and hope you'll also take pleasure and be inspired by the variety of these beautiful installations.
Some aspects of making an informed choice in an audiophile grade listening room or a home theater system are worth a little extra effort. We invite you to contact the High End Zone for help in making your choices, we will make the extra effort worthwhile.