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.
How thinking small can create big sound in modest spaces
I love small speakers (ok, full confession, I love most genres of loudspeakers as long as they’re special). Well, at least some small speakers. The best of breed has this uncanny ability to disappear into thin air, to loft images up with fantastic palpability as though ones’ own personal band, hired for the occasion, […]
Dear Steve, Having known you a long time, and knowing that you care a great deal about quality sound, I find myself in total disagreement with the conclusion that you reached in your February op-ed piece for CNET, “The case against subwoofers for music.” Full disclosure, I am one of REL Acoustics owners and also […]
There’s just something about tubes that are incredibly wonderful. Whether it’s the lovely orange glow from the power tubes, or the classic retro styling of many tube amplifiers or the lovely, harmonically rich sound of good tube amps. Whatever lights your fire, tube amps—even for those of us who mostly fire up electrons in […]
I just got off a Facetime call with Philip Sawyer, our wonderfully fun upbeat Australian distributor, and he was getting ready to address four important dealers that he’d stolen away to a quiet place for product training (Bali, I believe). Specifically, he wanted a few pointers to ensure that his presentation about REL was spot […]
Discover Why We Use Class D Amplifiers in our Subwoofers
Are Class AB amps better than Class D? If we’re talking about wide bandwidth for music through your loudspeakers, the answer is likely to be simply and definitively “Yes.” But when it comes to powering subwoofers, the answer is less clear cut. Class D amps, also known as “digital” amplifiers, work by shifting the sample […]
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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.