Our Obsession, Meets Your Obsession
We make powered subwoofers. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. Nothing to steal our focus. No kidding ourselves that we can be good at everything. Because we have found that the perfect subwoofer can transform an entire home theater system by providing a deep floor rumbling foundation of bass, while adding depth and clarity to the mid-tones, allowing the speakers to spring to life, expanding the entire soundstage.
From the No. 25, our largest reference level subwoofer, to Serie T/i, our most accessible line, each subwoofer is designed to integrate holistically with a system of proportional power; never sacrificing quality and craftsmanship, only adjusting size and innovating on materials to strike that perfect balance of speed, power and range.
Meet Our Series
Our Reference Series represent the pinnacle in subwoofer design and engineering. Truly the best powered
subwoofers that will bring incredible clarity to the mid-tone in perfect synchrony.
Experience the sound and beauty of Serie S. This collection combine a higher performance level than we
have ever set out to deliver within our mid-level range.
Our subwoofers from the Serie T/i collection provide the most power and performance of any subwoofer in
its price range.
Serie T is every bit REL, just designed to enhance the soundstage in the unique spaces we live. It is
the best powered subwoofer for small studio or rooms.
Serie HT is designed specifically to answer the challenge of creating affordably priced, exceptionally
dynamic, pure home theater powered subwoofers
Let customers speak for usfrom 327 reviews
My wife was outraged when I said I'd like to try a subwoofer with my system. She pointed out that I already had an excellent system with deep bass (down to 32hz). What more could I want? Why would I want to mess up our living room with a box that sticks out like a sore thumb? So just to see what would happen, I assembled a cardboard box with the exact dimensions as the S/812 and placed it behind the TV stand where the subwoofer would go. After several days, she hadn't noticed it. It was invisible. The actual unit itself, being black, is even more invisible.
So having gained provisional approval, I went ahead and ordered the sub. After a week or so of fine tuning, I got it to the point of "disappearing" sonically. It's there without drawing attention to itself. So just a few minutes ago I put on a meditative jazz piece by Gerry Mulligan—Night Lights. There are no drum thwacks on this piece. Nothing that would qualify as a sonic spectacular. It's simply mellow jazz with a single upright bass providing the foundational notes. When the CD ended I played a track with the sub disconnected. Here's my wife's response: "With the subwoofer on the music is so much richer. Actually richness doesn't quite express it. As you know, my dad was a saxophone player. Occasionally I would go to his club performances. Every so often he would look up at me as he was playing and I'd feel a special flutter in my stomach. That's the feeling the subwoofer brings to the music."
Her response is what I believe REL intends. It's not about precise measurements. It's not about "pumping up," boosting, or intensifying. It's about letting the music reveal itself intimately and fully.
[P. S. My wife just apologized to me about having gotten so infuriated about the subwoofer.]
Whether you believe in this practice or not after burning in my new paradigm speakers with this sub I am in listening heaven. Music plays beautifully with the sub accentuating the bass when required and movies are a joy to watch now. Greedily I'm looking forward to adding another subwoofer for more punch but realistically I am fine with the 1 HT/1003 I have. Customer service is wonderful. Dealing with REL is like dining at a fine restaurant , getting an awesome meal, and feeling like you were taken care of like family.
What else can I say other than the fact that it’s a fair price, super easy to use, works every time and sounds great. That combination of attributes is rare in the audio world.
Just two weeks I owe a t/7i using high level and lfe amd nothing I can compare to it. I have just ordered a t/5i with arrow wireless unit and waiting for it as I sent it to friend so wife never find it out as I install it shen she at work. Seriously for music the speakon is awesome. You can basically place the sub anywhere, on a garden chair if it works. I will get a 3. t/5i now I know
After 24 hours burn in. I got the most satisfied Hotel California The hell freezes over XRCD I have ever listened. Not just this track but every CD I listen. This is how I setup. My room corner way far from speakers so I placed between system. I sat close to the back wall and control this bass with Schiit LOKI tone control. I turned hi level to 17 clicks and crossover 15 clicks. I put this sub on custom made wood table with vibration under table and sub for cleaner sound.
When I was searching for a musical sub, I got several recommendations for the Gibraltar series. However, that's a bit oversized for my house and I need wireless capability. After running the 212/SE for almost two years, my wife was convinced of the added value of a sub. When the Carbon Special appeared... I jumped from my seat. A carbon dome - straight from the G1 MKII! The shop stated I was the first to get one, few days after the delivery.
I've been running some vocal music by it, followed by some slower metal. It handles the bass so extremely well, even compared to the 212. It's like the bass drum is hidden in the hall, I feel the punch from it. Really amazing sound - I hope more playtime won't change it too much.
Having owned ported velodyne subs in the past l was hesitant to go the sealed route, boy was l wrong.
I've put 2 of these in my small lounge and after 15 hours of running in over 2 days they have truly improved out of sight.
Depth is more than adequate, but it is the speed and tightness of bass that impresses, boom explosion is there, then its gone.
They easily pressurise my room whilst somehow managing to not vibrate my walls (on floorboards) whilst still giving me that tap on the head on the couch.
The auto on/off works extremely accurately and fast and after a movie marathon the amp is barley warm, which bodes well for future reliability.
Only suggestions ld make is have notches on the volume control and provide an actual manual with some breaking in / positioning tips (yes l know there are videos)
Fantastic product that exceeded my expectations AFTER break in!!
Thankyou Mr hunter 🙂
If you live in a condominium, apartment, or townhome type of environment, think about the quality of your sound insulation from your neighbors before purchasing a quality subwoofer. My neighbor already noticed and I do not listen to music loudly. This subwoofer adds a deep bottom when there, a bottom not noticeable in most rock music but there and begging in classical; it is strange, it is imperceptible most of the time and then it shows itself, I have set its volume very low after the neighbor downstairs noticed, the crossover near where REL recommends but it's difficult to get the settings right when you listen to equal amounts of classical, organ, and different versions of "rock / rock-n-roll." If the crossover is set too far left then it is almost as if it did not exist, too far to the right and everything has bass. It is a beautiful and tiny sub. I wish the proprietary cable were not huge, it could be thinner, and that it was not black. A white speaker should be provided with white wires, always, for both interconnects and power, specially at this price point. I would call this subwoofer too powerful for my particular settings - no carpet - lots of glazing - tile flooring - 707 S2 Bowers & Wilkins (which are already deep themselves) - Marantz M-CR611 - medium sized room.
So I have been upgrading my stereo over the last couple of months. I ended up with a fluance rt84 turntable, ELAC debut reference speakers , Vincent pho-8 phono amp and a SVS prime wireless sound base. I wanted to run two subs but I didn’t want to massive boxes taking up floor space. These little RELS are perfect they are half the size of the Monoprice sub that they are replacing. I hooked up just one of the RELS first just to see if I could tell a difference. Wow right out of the box just put in the corner it was so much better. I hadn’t realized how boomy and my old sub was.
Both the subs together are just phenomenal. I don’t know how to explain it but they make everything sound better. Not just the Low end but vocals and instruments sound better also. Plus they look really good. I highly recommend giving a couple of days you won’t be disappointed.
So this is the thrid REL I have purchased so I guess you could say I am a fan. I use this one in my office with the small sound system I have in there. It is paired with a set of Polk 2-way bookshelf driven by an older NAD pre and Emotiva A-100 amp. I use the high level input. It really does a good job of filling out the bottom ranges. It doesn't go to rock bottom like my big sub at home, but you will get more than you would expect from a 6 1/2" driver. If you use this in an appropriate setting you will not be disappointed. Another great piece by John and the boys!
We purchased the HT/1103 to augment a budget oriented system in our den (13 x 25) where we listen to a wide array of music, and also watch movies. The system consists of a Mac Mini running Roon Core, Allo USBridge Signature streamer feeding a NAD D3045 integrated amplifier via USB, which is then cabled to a pair of KEF Q150 speakers sitting atop Atacama 700 speaker stands. TV output to NAD D3045 via HDMI. Denon CD player output to NAD is coax. All cables are by Audioquest. The HT/1003 fit the bill on cost, size and the ability to integrate with the Q150's for playing both music and movies. We couldn't be happier with the sound for both. We are considering adding another HT/1003 for better room fill. Nice sub for the price.
I am using this subwoofer strictly for music playback in a 20x20 living room. This subwoofer has plenty of power for a room this size. I was pleasantly surprised by the accuracy of reproduction and it seamlessly blends with my current stereo set-up; PS Audio Electronics and PSB loudspeakers. Set up was a breeze. A remote to adjust volume and crossover frequency would be a great enhancement but probably not possible at this price point. Also a very small footprint and it’s easy to place. A very good value.
This is my first subwoofer that I have bought separate from any of my other audio pieces. I was skeptical at first because of the price and second because this was new territory for me. I had redone my whole home theater system do to heat and space requirements. It started with the Sennheiser Ambeo sound bar and while it did have very good bass it was just missing the mark. I did countless research and reading reviews and while they are some impressive subwoofers out there I was drawn to the HT 1205 with the HT wireless unit. All I can say is WOW, WOW what amazing bass this puppy puts out. I was watching a movie that had some low rumbling bass in it and it actually knocked a picture of the adjacent wall. Now that what I call a subwoofer. Needles to say I am happy with my purchase.
I decided to upgrade my home system by adding a pair of REL S/812 subwoofers. This decision started when I reached out to REL and Jarred replied and suggested that the S/812 would be a nice fit based on the size of my space. Soon enough, I decided I should have a pair of them. I must have sent 20 emails to REL asking for suggestions and/or info, and, I got a courteous and enthusiastic reply from Jarred every time. The S/812s are incredibly powerful, beautiful, and acoustically perfect! With a couple placement, volume, and crossover adjustments, they soon blended perfectly with my wall mounted ELAC 330 JETs. Using blue sticky tack (as suggested on one of the REL videos) they haven't moved an inch on my wood floor. I broke them in as suggested with the 3 phases (15 min, 2 hours, and, 12 hours), and, it definitely made a difference. I am now a couple notches lower on the amp which obviously broke in nicely too. All of the info that I needed was provided and/or available on the REL website, REL youtube videos, etc. I would give 10 stars if I could, and, I wish you could all hear the difference from my previous in-wall B&W ISW4 subwoofers. Instead of rewiring my home, I purchased two of the Airship wireless transmitters which are pumping perfect signals 25 feet (sub 1) and 45 feet away (sub 2). I'm excited to listen to music again, and, I'm going to do that again ---RIGHT NOW! Thanks again REL and Jarred--you rock--just like your subwoofers!
I purchased the subwoofer for my turntable setup. I use a upgraded rega p2, mofi ultra phono stage, audio engine hd6. Sounds amazing with powered speakers. Doesn’t overpower adds depth and clairety to the bass. Great build quality. Could not be happier with my purchase. Highly recommend.