For when there is simply neither the space nor the need for all the output of a larger HT model. HT/1003 applies the same approach as its impressive stable mate and scales it down by just a little. 10” high-powered, long throw driver and 300W means it has plenty of power on demand. This unit is intended primarily for high powered home theater applications, immersive gaming set-ups, and pairs nicely with active powered loudspeakers. Scaled down design, up-sized performance.Find a Dealer
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Bring on the special effects
HT/1003 delivers a tough, honest, purpose-built appearance designed to communicate its sole mission; extremely high output home theater at bargain pricing. The cabinet’s width is minimized reducing visual mass, whilst depth is maximized to produce the deepest bass. We selected tough, high-grade, horizontally oriented line-grained composite to wrap the entire cabinet. Easily handled, easily cleaned. Yet, the top surface that one’s eye sees is beautifully finished in 5 coats of hand rubbed lacquer, creating the visual appeal we’ve come to be known for.
Speed & Slam
Ten-Inch CarbonGlas™ Driver
REL’s driver prowess is on full display with the HT/1003, a modern 10” CarbonGlas™ (250mm) driver that is both lightweight and extremely stiff. While many competitors drone along with relatively slow, heavy cones HT/1003 uses tough, stiff carbon fibre over 60% of the driven surface, backed by lightweight glasfibre. Naturally, we use true high quality natural butyl surrounds as they remain soft and pliable for decades—something REL owners have come to expect. We believe the new 10” CarbonGlas driver sets a new standard for affordable, high performance theater-specific drivers.
Punching Beyond Its Weight Class
300 Watts: To accomplish our single-minded goal of exceedingly high output for large-scale theater in a such a compact footprint requires a special amplifier. Our NextGen5 Class D amplifier frees up interior space whilst running cool; this results in more cabinet volume and that translates into ultra-deep bass despite its modest footprint. 300 watts means the driver is never starving for power ensuring high output, delivered effortlessly in a long running, reliable design. Within HT/1003’s input filter, we designed specific inverse filtering to permit our CarbonGlas driver to extend much deeper than conventional designs.
zero compression wireless compatable
There is wireless and there is REL wireless. We are well-known for having the finest wireless purpose-built systems in the component audio world. Though HT-Air™ is affordable, it retains our corporate fixation on zero compression and maximum dynamics. HT-Air is designed to leave old fashioned Bluetooth-based systems in the dust, delivery latency in the 16-20 millisecond range. This permits owners to place their HT model wherever it works best for you without resorting to unsightly cables being strewn across the landscape of your living room.
I've had many subwoofers over the years, starting from silly plastic ones to ones that at their time were decent movie subwoofers that packed a lot of punch. And I was happy. Today, however, I got my first REL. It's nothing short of amazing what happens when you hear a quality sub for the first time in your own livingroom. Yes, I've heard plenty of good subs over the years, but this was the day I got one of my own, got to set it just right, got to listen to all my favourite songs all over again and felt like "Wow, I'm not sure I've ever heard that one thing over there before".
My first REL, but most likely only the first of many.
I am very happy with this purchase, bought mainly for a home cinema system but found myself listening to a lot more music recently and this sub delivers on both. I am seriously impressed with how musical it can be. As my living room isn't the biggest size was definitely a consideration, this looks too good to hide away. Not sure my neighbours would agree but I love it, for its size it's great and looks class.
Bought this sub for my man cave. Hooked up to Denon receiver, Def Tech speakers, and Triangle floor standing speakers. I’m very impressed with the quality and sound of this subwoofer. Plus it looks great.
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.
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.
Reviews + Awards
Although the HT/1003 is a departure from purist REL philosophy, the result is an outstanding-value home cinema subwoofer. For AVR owners after a compact, affordable bass box that delivers movie mayhem in spades, look no further. If your budget runs higher, a pair of HT/1003s could be a consideration. And for soundbar users looking for a sonic upgrade, you won't get more bang per buck than this. Read More +
Home Cinema Choice
The REL HT/1003 impressed right from the start, with a cracking performance in terms of its bass presence. I was immediately impressed by just how much low energy this relatively small sub could generate. I have recently reviewed some much larger and far more expensive subs like the SVS PB-4000, but the HT/1003 held its […] Read More +