They say Revels need lots of power...really?


I have a pair of Revel M-106s that were powered by a 150 watt NAD integrated amp and they sounded great. Then I went to a Pass 30 watt class A amp and they still sound great. My smallish listening room and home environment restrict playback levels to about 83 db max, which seems plenty loud for me. Granted it might be a borderline match because of low power and low sensitivity, but it’s working well enough here.

I’ve heard from Pass themselves and a couple other sources that Revels need lots of power to sound their best. What exactly does that mean in terms of my listening setup? Especially since I’m considering moving to the F-206 speakers, among others.

While I’m at it, any other speaker recommendations in the $2000-4000 range for this amp and my environment? Love the amp so much that I’m trying to match speakers to it, rather than the other way around which seems more common.
jaybe
I'm driving my M106 with a pair of 40 wattached Quicksilver amps and they sound awesome.....
Revel F12's with an original Rogue Audio Cronus integrated amp ..... the sound of music is sublime.
I submit they are referring to the Salon2 and Studio2.
150WPC, w/ those you are fine.......I had Studio2's in a large space
and with 60W of ARC tube, it ran out of gas.  With 100W of Pass Class A power, they were very happy.....

If you're looking to upgrade speakers between 2-4K, that's easy......Magnepan 3.7s   I replaced my Studios with those and
never looked back........In a smaller environment, 150W is fine, but
you might go down to the .7s which you could get for around 1.3K new.....

Go to youtube and search conrad johnson magnepan for a video of a combo of the .7s in a hotel room with about 120WPC.....I think you'd be thrilled......there is nothing on earth that sounds more real than Magnepan......
Good sounding watts, as compared to lots of mediocre sounding watts is generally a better thing within reasonable limits...a smooth and clean tube amp and 50 watts or so per side can often be more fun than 200 boring SS watts…you don't need no boring watts…