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.
Experience a demonstration of REL stereo pair Serie S/3 SHO’s as they accompany a truly
premium home theatre setup, which includes B&W 804 and 805 D3s, Rotel and Arcam
components, Chord cables, and Panasonic visuals at Sound & Vision's The Bristol Show
"By a country mile the No.25 produces the fastest,
tightest bass I have ever heard in my cinema room.
This might not be what you would expect from such
a sizable driver – we tend to think of smaller
woofers having the edge in terms of speed.
Yet each percussive event is so eye-wateringly
taut it has sharp edges."
- Richard Stevenson, Home Cinema Choice
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.
Parsing Reference: The Very Good, The Great, and the OMG!
Perhaps the most common advice calls we receive from our high-end dealers have to do with requests for guidance among our highest end models. These calls usually follow a certain pattern, “I have a really good customer that I’ve been working with for years and he wants to get a pair of RELs and he’s not sure which one to settle on between the G1 MKII and the No. 25.” The details vary, sometimes it’s between the 212/SE and the G-1 MKII’s, but the issue remains the same: Once a client has determined that they are ready for one of our top models, how does one narrow it down to the perfect recommendation? This short article can’t possibly answer that question for every instance, but it should begin to provide real clarity on which direction you should be thinking of when it comes to upgrading your own needs.
So, let’s jump in and look at the three models and what they are intended to deliver; then we can look at an example or two and see how this can be applied.