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So this is a welcome innovation from Focal. Dolby Atmos upgraders are provided with an alternative option to in-ceiling installation or matching standalone enclosures with existing gear. Of course, before buying, consider the size of these speakers and where you will install them – there’s a little less flexibility here.”
All models are finished in matte black and equipped with dual four-way keyholes to accommodate horizontal or vertical wall mounting; a detachable glass base is also included for applications that require freestanding horizontal or vertical placement on a table or bookshelf.
In absolute terms, the loudspeaker has a fair sounding bass, and stays well clear of the exaggerated boom-tizz sound of some of its similarly priced rivals. It has a good midrange, too, with some useful vocal expression and refinement, and the treble stays on the right side of ‘harsh’, all of which combine to make a portable speaker that sounds more like a traditional audiophile-friendly design. Stereo is less strong from a single box, but the remarkable thing about the Arena is you only notice this when moving to stereo ‘proper’. Listening to it in its own right, there is a sense of a sound outside of the boxes, with good stereo separation and even some stereo depth and width, which is amazing given it’s all coming out of one little box!”
I’ve always listened to Jorma Kaukonen’s River of Time (CD) at low to moderate volumes, thinking they were best suited to the gentle congress of acoustic instruments and Jorma’s thoughtful, reflective vocals. But something made me turn it up several times. I wanted to hear more of the evenly proportioned string bass (thanks, Revel and R.A.B.O.S.), more of the natural texture of other stringed instruments, more of the soft exhalation of distantly miked cymbals, and especially more of that deep, un-speaker-bound soundstage. Usually, there’s a tradeoff between volume and listening comfort, and any speaker can be forced into an uncomfortable sense of straining and even gross distortion at high volumes—but I never got to that point with the Concerta2 in my listening room. Good output capabilities and high resolution are an attractive combination.
Read more at https://www.soundandvision.com/content/revel-concerta2-m16-speaker-system-review-page-2#j2OQQDhpyTgi305j.99
” It made the performance of the Persona 3F system the closest thing to the sense of Dolby Atmos envelopment that I’ve experienced without actually having Dolby Atmos. I noticed the same effect with the wonderful soundtrack in Moonlight. Invariably, whenever music became the dominate element in a soundtrack, it seamlessly filled the room— around me, as well as above me— in a way that was very reminiscent of what you’d hear with a system featuring overhead speakers. Wide-open outdoor scenes, such as when the kids are playing soccer, had much the same results in the delivery of ambient effects. Returning again to Lion, I watched the scene at the beginning of the movie when the young Saroo is standing in the middle of a swarm of butterflies (or moths), marveling at the beauty of it all. The Persona system made the sound of that enveloping swarm a reality in the room—forming a complete circle at ear level and even extending into a dome of sound above.