Divoom Revo-3

Think of a line of inexpensive but unexciting PC speakers. Congratulations, you just envisaged the Revo-3.


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2.5
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Design

Divoom's Revo-3 speaker kit isn't that much of a looker. Two small vertically-oriented satellites and a larger subwoofer with a front LCD make up the entire system. The subwoofer is a weighty but plastic creature that doesn't do a whole lot but look cheap, especially when you look at the side and realise you can see directly into the circuit boards within. The speakers themselves have a black wood finish, but it's the cheap hollow MDF that we suspect won't age well.

The remote for the Revo-3 is very simple indeed, with controls for muting, volume and bass only. That doesn't give you a lot of control, but on the plus side you're unlikely to hit the wrong button, simply because there aren't that many of them.

Features

The Revo-3 is a 2.1-channel speaker system with a claimed RMS output of 60W from two 30W satellite speakers. That's moderately powerful for what's basically a set of PC speakers, something that's confirmed by the connectivity options at the rear. These comprise stereo RCA inputs and outputs, with a provided cable for connecting up to 3.5mm inputs. In other words, they're OK for PC gaming, iPods and some TV sets, but not so much (as is claimed on the box) for most video game systems.

Performance

All of this might sound like we're very down on the Revo-3 kit, but to be fair, it's not an expensive system, and in our tests it performed almost exactly as you'd expect an inexpensive kit to do. For gaming, the additional bass control makes headshots particularly meaty, and in a small bedroom or small office/home office setting a 2.1-channel system is often enough to cover most audio bases. The simplest thing to say about the Revo-3 is that it gave out ordinary sound. We've heard worse from similar speakers in this price range, and if you do want speakers with a fair bit of power, you could do a lot worse.

There are few small quirks we genuinely disliked. The front panel display is large, but when you first switch it on it will sit there doing utterly nothing, even while sound pumps through it. In our tests, it would only fire up if we pumped up the bass level, and then every time we powered down the speakers it would lose that bass setting. A minor quirk, but an irritating one nonetheless.

The Revo-3 is a good example of that old chestnut about getting what you pay for. If you want immersive multi-channel sound and have the dollars to spend on it, go for that. If you're more budget constrained and your needs are more modest, then it's worthwhile.



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"Barely ok."

Hampstar posted a review   
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The Good:Looks nice

The Bad:Settings reset everytime you switch off. Cabling distance not enough. Display screen is a scam

I got this speakers for my secondary PC and Laptop for listning to music. The sound is good for the price. There is a remote to adjust settings. And a display too. I also own a Logitech z906(waaay better than this. then again its price)


So whats bad about this?


A lot of things.
Lets start with the sound settings.
Its very hard to balance the sound with the sattelites and sub. The "Display" doesn't show sound levels so you have to adjust them by ear. to make things worse once you have adjusted it if you switch off the power the settings get reset. Oh and by the way there is no power button other than the one on the rear of the sub.

The display:
Got me all confused at first but later discovered its just useless. There are better displays that function for less price.

The wires:
Very short and cannot place properly unless you have extensions.

The XBass:
What??? Where?? So far its just a button with a catchy name.(Ex-Bass is a much better name)

Recomendations: IF you want same brand go for XForce 2 or 3 (same price range, maybe a little bit more)

Ok now as you can see its ok with sound for its price range. Only issue is the glitches and non existing stuff they have added. Good for a Laptop or a mp3 player.

James
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James posted a review   

The Good:Kind of look cool

The Bad:Impossible to balance sub and satellites, Sub resets settings every time your turn power off, Neither subs or satellites are responsive

I just got these today and am already probably going to put them on eBay.
There is nothing good about these speakers; it's all been mentioned so I won't elaborate too much here, but it is simply impossible to get a good balance between sub and satellites; the sub is either constantly overpowering or barely present depending how you attempt to balance it; some music has dramatically too much bass while others seem to have none; nothing sounds good. BUT if you finally manage to get a decently balanced sound.. here's the kicker, you lose it all as soon as you turn the unit off! As a musician and a budding producer, I was hoping for some budget speakers which will at least give me something to work with whilst my real monitors are out of action, all I got was the burden of having to sell these and trying to recover my losses.

Do not buy these; there is nothing good about them.
I want to rate these a 1, but I fear I won't be taken seriously as "my emotions got the better of me", but trust me, these ARE abysmal.

 

Marcus posted a comment   

What I love about Cnet is that they are hard to please and find fault easily. So if they give a product top marks just buy it, even if you don't want it, because it's quality that is far too hard to find these days.

Where cnet could improve is to have a secondary rating or perhaps even take value for money into consideration when reviewing a product.

These speakers for instance, how do they rate compared to the a similar price point, that's what I really want to know. Because we all know the "old chestnut" Alex Kidman but there are bargans out there.




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  • Hampstar

    Hampstar

    Rating3

    "I got this speakers for my secondary PC and Laptop for listning to music. The sound is good for the price. There is a remote to adjust settings. And a display too. I also own a Logitech z906(waaay ..."

  • James

    James

    Rating2

    "I just got these today and am already probably going to put them on eBay.
    There is nothing good about these speakers; it's all been mentioned so I won't elaborate too much here, but it is si..."

  • Marcus

    Marcus

    "What I love about Cnet is that they are hard to please and find fault easily. So if they give a product top marks just buy it, even if you don't want it, because it's quality that is far too hard ..."

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