Revival Audio has only been around for a little over a year. But they certainly haven’t been wasting their time. We had only just finished reviewing the hugely successful debut model, the Atalante 3, before news of a brand new speaker range from the same manufacturer emerged.
The new range has been named Sprint, and so far consists of the compact Sprint 3 and the floorstanding Sprint 4.
At no point does the press release mention the word ‘cheap,’ but it is obvious that the Sprint models are less exclusive in design. And they do cost less than half as much as the corresponding Atalante models.
We can only welcome this, as the lower price will make the speakers accessible to more people. And it seems that some of the technology from the premium range is inherited by the Sprint models. Here we’re thinking not least of the 7″ bass/midrange units, with cones made from a sandwich material of felt and braided basalt fibres. The tweeter is also a 28 mm dome of in-house design, but on the Sprint 3 and Sprint 4 it is mounted in a short waveguide integrated in the front plate.
It seems that the same drivers are used in both speakers. But the Sprint 4 floor model has two midwoofers in a 2.5-way configuration. That is, where one driver is cutoff a lower frequency than the other.
Since the word “veneer” is not mentioned in the press release, we assume that the finish in oak, walnut and matte black respectively is vinyl. Which is quite all right for the price.
Revival Audio is a new French brand, but the people behind it are experienced and with roots in well-known brands. You can certainly hear that!
40 years of experience
Revival Audio is a French company, founded in 2021, but the two founders have a combined experience of almost 40 years in the loudspeaker industry at Dynaudio and Focal, among others.
While the Atalante speakers are built in France, Revival Audio writes in its press release that the Sprint models are “designed, engineered and tuned in France.” Which, very likely, translates to the speakers themselves being built in Asia. Like most other electronics in the world, for that matter.
Price and availability
The Revival Audio Sprint 3 costs €990, and the Sprint 4 costs €1,790 for a set. The speakers will hit the market in March, so it shouldn’t be long before they reach us.