A venerable audio brand brings its stereo range bang up to date with new network receivers, a CD player, audio server, all-in-one streamer and five-strong speaker range.

In one of the most overt demonstrations of two-channel confidence we've ever seen at ISE, Revox - a brand with more history and cachet than most - is showing an entirely new stereo range. With admirable confidence, the range is named 'Joy'.

Network receivers

The S118 network receiver is as colourful as you like

Each component in the range is compact (just 20cm wide), certainly looks and feels nicely built and is available in a number of fetching finishes. There are three models of Joy network receiver, the S118, S119 MkII and S120 MkII. The S118 features 120W of power per channel, has optical and coaxial digital inputs alongside an ethernet socket, and can deal with all the usual file formats (including AAC, FLAC, WAV and MP3). The S119 MkII and S120 MkII up the power to 160W a side, double up on digital inputs and include aptX Bluetooth connectivity. too. 

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Legacy formats too

The Joy CD player can link to the Revox network receivers

The Joy CD player feels equally luxurious, thanks to its aluminium casing and glass front panel. A Joy Link socket means the CD player can connect to any of the Joy network receiver models for simple system control.   

All-in-one desktop system

The Revox Joy Symphony is an all-in-one streaming system

The Revox Joy Symphony, meanwhile, is a discrete desktop system. It's a 25 watts per channel design, measures 14cm x 50cm x 30cm (h,w,d) and has optical and coaxial digital inputs as well as a USB socket and the ability to stream wirelessly from phone or tablet.  

G series speaker range

In addition, Revox has an audio server, a DAB+/FM module and a five-strong range of loudspeakers (the G series) ready to go. The ranges are expected in 'selected' retail outlets before the end of next month, with prices to be confirmed mere moments before that. And when the review samples we're expecting arrive, you'll be the first to know.


spr1ggsy's picture


I wonder if this has anything whatsoever to do with the original REVOX or whether its another bankrupted audio company from the past thats had its name bought by some far eastern company, and just relaunched.

Wharfedale,quad,audiolab,mission etc spring to mind. All owned by IAG from China

I used to sell the odd Revox reel to reel about 20 years ago if memory serves, mainly as insurance replacements for stolen reel to reels nicked during burglaries.


Andy Clough's picture

You could argue

You could argue that it's a good thing IAG bought all those brands otherwise they might no longer exist.

Tooslow's picture

and you could wonder

I can see why you might buy (say) the Revox name and put it on a range of hifi but it baffles me when I see names like Akai and Blaupunkt on things like toasters. I mean, Akai, to me, means tape decks, Blaupunkt means top notch car radios, so if you buy the name; 1. the two examples I've given have been out of the market for so long as to be meaningless to the current day buyer and 2. what's the point of applying the name to a range of products that, historically, has nothing to do with the name?



Mark Powell's picture

Let us hope it is not a fake name

And if it is, let's hope it is not IAG. They have made the 'great' old names  and products laughable, with the possible exception of the Quad Electrostatic speakers. Though there is nothing 'wrong' with IAG stuff, it simply has no great merit.

Revox? Interesting. Their tape recorders were good. The rest of their stuff was merely 'so so'. You looked at it on the rare occasions it was 'visible'  and moved on. I don't see them making any impact whatsoever  in the UK.

Revox's high prices always had far more to do with the Swiss economy than any  'outstanding' quality.

From the second picture it looks like they bought a job lot of obsolete Naim cases. And they were possibly  just sawn up alloy roof beams, which is fine for the small company Naim were then.

AlbaBrown's picture

Buying a brand name means nothing

I hope to be proven wrong, but how will this be any more beneficial to the industry than what IAG have done?

Buying rights to ressurect brand names is very different to investing money into a (trading) company to help it's existing engineers invest further into R&D. Frankly, none of the IAG brands were never the best, but even they deserve better than having yearly launches of average quality products.

But then launching every 12 months, with the proclamation of "massive" leaps in performance, keeps box-shifting retailers and magazine journalists happy.

"tech" enthusiasts get bored if they're reading about the same models all the time.

If the Revox range gets into Sevenblokes, AudioTea, Richter Sounds and the like, I'm sure it will do well.


As a side note, I still have a B77mk2. As hard as it may seem, Philips did an alternative reel to reel at the same time that was markedly better, but back then (like today) marketing sells a product easier than actively taking it out on the road to demonstrate it.

charly's picture


Yesterday I attended the ISE and also visited the Revox booth. I talked to their Export director, who used to be responsible for the Sales of Linn worldwide, before joining Revox. He gave me the details about the ownership of Revox. It still is exactly the same Swiss company, held by Swiss private investors,  than 50 years ago. The headquarter is still in Regensdorf where the company has been founded. There was never any bankrupcy. But the company  focused, during the past 15 years, on the Multiroom segment mainly. Now they are back with a completely new Audio range as well as breath taking new Multiroom system. Unfortunately they do not have any information about the new Multiroom system on their website yet. But they presented it at ISE in all details. I do not understand this policy. I asked for some catalogues but couldn`t get any. They will send them to me - I hope.

David Tyson's picture


Just to confirm, Revox is the same quality HiFi manufacturer famous for the B77 etc.  Although they withdrew from UK sales many years ago, they have continued to make unique  high quality performance HiFi for the European market where they are well known and well established. When we heard they were coming back to the UK, we were happy to take them on again.  We have on display the whole range for demonstration at both our Carlisle and Newcastle stores.  Or you can view at www.petertyson.co.uk  My brother Matthew recently had a full factory tour and saw and heard the new models and was very impressed.  If you want good sounding, modern HiFi, this could be your bag!