Field Notes is where we share insights, information and opinions on subwoofers, hi-fi systems and the joy of sound. So, put on your favorite album, mix yourself a drink and kick back, you might be here awhile.
When we began designing Serie S, we set out, quite literally, to revolutionize subwoofers. Serie S SHO combines a higher performance level than we have ever set out to deliver within our mid-level range, able to elevate higher-end systems in medium to large rooms. Winner of the Home Cinema Choice Best Buy Award and AV Tech Media Best Subwoofer.
Introducing No. 25, commemorating our quarter
century of building the finest sub bass systems
and representing the largest, most powerful and
technologically advanced subwoofer we have ever
made. This is how truly reference-level bass looks,
feels and sounds.
As a lifelong baseball fan, I have been struck by my REL’s transformative ability to conjure up crowd size and properly recreate the scale of the stadia of games I am watching—or just listening to the game in the background for accompaniment.
We make subwoofers, only subwoofers. When we set out make T/i, we wanted to make the best possible subwoofer for small to mid-size systems, adjusting only it's size, not it's speed, clarity or chest thumbing low-end. Mission accomplished.
Explore the No. 25 Fifteen Inch Carbon Fibre Driver
With any project, we begin by outlining the non-negotiable goals, building the driver around this and then working backward through the amplifier requirements and cabinet topology and dimensions necessary to pull together all these attributes into a finished design. In this case, we wanted to see a near field (measuring long wavelength bass waves at much further than a foot lets the room’s issues bleed into the measurements) and dynamic output of at least 112 dB. We wanted greater control over room acoustics and the ability to deliver smoother, more even bass over a greater spread of frequencies without resorting to the heavy-handed (and slow) trick of using room correction – and it had to move massive volumes of air.
We make subwoofers. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions.
Nothing to steal our focus. No kidding ourselves that we can be
good at everything. No trying to conquer the whole world.
We just do our best to conquer our bit of it.