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Electrostatic Bass

With less moving mass than the wing of a butterfly, perhaps the hardest test for any subwoofer is to ask it to pair with a special kind of speaker called an electrostat. This genre of speakers holds a special fascination for audiophiles because they come closest to the idea of a massless speaker, meaning one whose moving mass weighs almost nothing. As REL’s lead designer these past 16 years, I should know as I’ve owned a number of these light-as-a-feather miracles and dealt with all their weird little idiosyncratic behaviors.

I’ve owned 3 different pairs of original QUAD electrostats, likely the purest, most transparently natural mid-band of any production loudspeaker on earth ––and always will have at least one pair of these around. I also currently own a first-generation pair of Martin-Logan CLS, the next closest I have yet heard to the QUAD, but able to play significantly louder and also manages to deliver decent bass into the upper 50 Hz region without the cute little bump in the mid-bass the Quads always seem to have.

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Our Purpose

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.

Each day we come in to work in pursuit of only one intention, to produce the most raw, perfect, pure sound possible, to capture the raw intention of the artist. We use the best quality materials, employ the most exacting construction requirements. We think of the problem holistically. We pursue the chase of the perfect experience of sound with an obsessive passion and vigor.

We do it because we love sound. We believe sound can move people more than any other sense. We believe it’s the integration of the bass via the perfect subwoofer that makes everything else better. And, ultimately, there is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from doing this well, creating something of unique quality, such that you know it is going to inspire. It makes the hard work and the obsessing over each and every detail worth all the effort. That’s our reward.

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