S/510 takes REL’s compact-medium chassis concept to reference-like levels of performance and does so with style, power and incredible speed. It delivers incredible levels of all ‘round performance. S/510 allows those with less space, or when pairing with high end speakers that are slightly less robust to have a perfect dance partner when the S/812 is simply too much of a great thing.Find a Dealer
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S/510’s Bass Engine
S/510 required upgrades to its ContinuousCast™ Alloy Cone to allow it to survive its massive power upgrades. To permit its thin, aluminum cone to survive 500 watts and incredibly long stroke, we added an ultra-lightweight backing of pure carbon fibre strategically placed over portions of the rear surface of the cone. This produces two benefits; it strengthens and stiffens the cone and also eliminates reversion, wherein the backwave inside the cabinet is now prevented from interfering with the main launch of bass into the room. The result is more accurate and far louder deep bass.
Nothing Passive About This
SuperProgressive™ passive radiator
Our uniquely tuned passive radiators use special suspensions, now with an additional 8mm of linear travel, to produce performance unlike conventional subwoofers. Our new SuperProgressive™ passive radiator produces extremely long travel allowing for very loud output while retaining the variable stiffness of its suspension. This allows it to act like a sealed box compact 12” design at low volumes and a high output 14” design at its limit.
500 Watt Monoblock Within
At 500 watts the NextGen3 amplifier is borrowed from our former flagship model and produces huge reservoirs of power and current. The 20%+ increase in power (previous version was 400 watts) is needed to deliver the high output levels needed for modern theatre, as well as to produce the extremely deep bass in a high end 2-channel system. This increase in power is necessitated by our development on the musical front of an all-new circuit termed PerfectFilter™ that balance both frequency extremes.
PerfectFilter performs two seemingly disparate qualities; extending the strong, even response of the extreme low end of bass frequencies while simultaneously opening up air and delicacy in the middle and high frequencies of one’s system. Additionally, we applied customized PureTheatre™ filters to allow S/510 to keep up with modern theatre effects without breaking a sweat.
Stacked for Ultimate Performance
Serie S Line Arrays
In the real world, bass occurs with width, depth and height. By stacking up to three units per side (stereo or theatre main L-R speakers) the proper perspective and height of sonic events are illuminated. This elevates reproduction from conventional stereo or theatre to a floor to ceiling panoramic, full scale perspective of each sonic event. Reviewers are lining up to marvel at the transformation of music and film into the full-scale representation that REL Line Arrays uniquely deliver.
I purchased the REL S/510 to supplement my aging Martinlogin Sequel II, electrostatic speakers.
These speakers are hybrid with the Electrostatic panel and 10" woofer in each speaker.
The 10" woofers in my speakers failed to produce the deep base in my two channel system.
The REL Sub replaced an older 12" Sub that never seemed to integrate sonically into my system. I would often leave it turned off; it was a store demo and may have had issues I was unaware of.
Stereo is the primary purpose of the Subwoofer purchase, but I may tie it into my theater system at some point because the REL can manage multiple sources.
I purchased the Airship with my Sub as recommended.
My Sub is 15-20 ft away from the stereo rack, and Airplay removed the long cable.
I have two Monoblock Tube amplifiers that required connecting the Airplay/Sub directly to my pre-amp using RCA cables for the Left and Right channels. Because I use an older Stereo pre-amp with one set of outputs for amplification, I used "Y" splitters to make the connection.
The room is in a basement with carpet, multiple bookshelves, 8ft ceiling, ~25ft width, and a depth shorter than the width of about 15ft. The room dimensions resulted in a wider than usual separation between my speakers. Some would call it "Near Field" listening.
The room is not a true rectangle; it has an alcove to the listener's left. The alcove creates a hole in the sonics that is compensated through speaker placement as much as possible.
Another essential detail of the room is that it is a multi-use family room; this also means I am limited, in speaker placement, including the Sub. All require the wife's seal of approval.
I listen to a variety of music: Jazz, Rock, Classical, & Pop:
Initial listening out of the box, immediately the sound stage become more crystallized, instruments found their place. This was before making any effort to optimize the sub location. The REL simply replaced the old Sub on the floor. The pluck of a Bass was better defined, less muffled; the drums crisper with a greater sense of impact. Notes meant to linger – seamed to lingered longer; those intended to be short and abrupt are quicker.
I've been listening to the new Sub for about 3 weeks now. The first week was time spent mostly attempting to get it placed as best I could in the room. I followed the instructional videos and tried my best to find the best spot. Because of the limitations of where I could place the Sub, it wasn't until the 2nd week I decided to make up for any lack of "synergy" with the room and my system by relying more on the Volume & Crossover adjustments on the Sub. I spent the 2nd week working on these adjustments.
I'm now at the end of my 3rd week. Last night, I discovered I had left my system on overnight, and this may have completed any burn in (with no music playing?). Maybe there is yet another level of burn in to complete; I don't know?
But, the music last night was sonically smoother, more energetic, alive more captivating. My system had a defined sound stage before; the REL fine tuned it, brought it into focus. It was like when the optometrist reaches the last series of lens flips, "which is better, this or this." The last "This" was differently better, way better than my old Sub, and clearer than it had been just a few days before.
I can read the sound stage without squinting. Each instrument/vocal has its location on the stage. No pointing and saying the drums are in that area, Now the drums are there with a firm finger point.
Subtle echoes in the recording are more obvious; the interaction between the instruments and their environment resonate, making the environment of the recording a more significant part of the listening experience.
It's hard to describe; my system was not horrible before, and I know the improvement I hear in my system is just that, an improvement to my system.
Audio is very subjective, with many variables related to equipment, rooms, and listener.
We audiophiles have an inadequate vocabulary to describe what we hear or feel. Such as "Crystal," what does that mean. I know what I'm trying to describe, but the reader may have a completely different interpretation. What I hear and feel is my experience, and I find it very hard to explain to another person.
I have a theory now. The Sub's frequency is the platform for all of the other notes to adhere. The old saying, "if the foundation of a build is poor, there is nothing you can do to prevent the building from having a structural problem." I believe my old Sub had issues; therefore, the rest of the notes suffered as well. Not that my system was terrible before my REL, but it has dramatically improved my listening experience. The solid bass frequency of the REL is the foundation of the rest of my system's sonic performance.
I quickly installed the two S 510 subs. Easy. It took me two days of music listening to adjust and fine tune the sound to integrate with my Harbeth 40.2 speakers. Amazing bass. Some recordings will shake the floor. Highly recommended for any full or not full range speakers. Clean bass extension. Musical.
I have owned sub-woofers since the mid 1980's before they were mainstream. I've owned several sizes, styles, brands. The S/510 is by far the most accurate and enjoyable I have ever listened to. I am amazed at the results while listening at low volume levels.
I bought this also to know what all the hype is all about and boy do this marvel of engineering own up to its name.
Music even at low volumes, the lower frequencies it dispenses with ease and accuracy and warmth.
Well worth every Penny and a worthwhile investment in audio.
Quite frankly the best audio investment I have ever made. It performs beyond any stated or implied advertising.
Thanks for all the blood,sweat and tears that it took to develop such a magnificent instrument of sound.
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"With the S/510 I found a few more quieter spaces in the music as if it was truer to the acoustic space and more refined in how it allowed the synergy of itself and the main speakers to behave in a more three-dimensional manner, dealing with layers more intelligently."
"REL's 10in Serie S model doesn't have the spec-sheet power or depth of the larger and more expensive S/812, and this is apparent during single-model playback, but it comes very close and if anything it’s faster and more responsive. If you’ve got the budget, a pair of these smaller units will deliver a balanced and composed low-frequency foundation that can give your favourite movie moments some serious slam and an epic amount of scale." Read More +