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A 360-degree Upgrade
When we upgraded our drivers, we were forced to redesign outward. The lovely cabinets grew over its predecessor due to thicker cabinet walls and improved bracing. Why? Because the additional speed and impact of the new drivers requires greater control or the benefits can be lost before they get to the listener.
Faster & Deeper
We began by updating our classic 8” bass engine to reduce mass, while greatly increasing stiffness. This improvement led to upgrading cabinet dimensions and wall thickness to better control the deep bass. Additional upgrades extended even into the design of our feet, resulting in greater speed and solidity to the presentation of sound.
REL's Reliable Brains And Brawn
REL’s electronics are the brains and power behind our success. Serie Ti uses the same Class A/B power amplifier sections with large, high current power supplies, precision-wound transformers and an amazing reliability record that has powered some 100,000 RELs. Standby Mode switch not included on 110V units.
Zero Compression Wireless
Arrow™ is REL’s latest generation of zero compression wireless. Super-fast delivery of both High Level Bass and .1/ LFE ensures the rich, natural warmth that only RELs can deliver. With a throw distance of some 45’(13.7M) Arrow permits flexible placement without sacrificing sound quality.
Never owning or using a sub in my entire life, this subwoofer has improved my listening experience tremendously. I can feel the music experience as well with superb low frequencies. The quality of this sub is outstanding, you don't see superb quality much these days. I did not want an average subwoofer, so I went right to the top of the list and REL went beyond my expectations!
I've had my T/5i a few days now. I really like the way this sub pressurises the room. You might think because of it's size there's no way.
I own Earthquake, Cerwin Vega, Paradigm and Velodyne subs. I truly prefer this one overall. So if you take the time to follow the instructions that comes with this sub,it should be all you need.
I have purchased my first REL sub this week, T-5i, and it’s truly amazing, by far one of the best things I have brought for my Hi-Fi, I now realise I have been missing 50% of the music, the sound stage this REL produces is remarkable. It's more then just bass, it completes the sound stage of a Hi-fi system, and I would never go back.
The sound quality of bookshelf speakers have reached the golden age of hifi. My only gripe with the types of small speakers I own is with the unsatisfying low frequency extension and density. All of my small speakers benefit greatly with the addition of the T/5i subwoofer. From my experience the REL high level connection sounded best with single cone full range speakers paired with class A, single ended triode amplification, 300B’s if you know what I mean. For my class A/B amp using 2-way speakers with passive crossovers within, the low level input signal sounded best for me. Choose cohesive or coherent either way my overall sound fidelity has greatly improved with the T/5i. I like near field and typical living room spaced dimensions, so small speakers are my first choice. Matching the subwoofer scale to the scale of the room dimensions is a major consideration. My T/5i is at the limit of what I want to work with in terms of the size and placement of a subwoofer. If I am going to scale up the output of my stereo systems I’ll use speakers with larger woofers first. Overall my impression of the T/5i is highly recommended. The build quality meets a very high standard the best I’ve seen. For bookshelf speakers the T/5i is essential. It can improve the sound quality of the very competitive small speaker market making making the price to performance ratio on this subwoofer high
The answer to the question in the title is not simple. Let me start by saying that these subs are a piece of art. You all have seen those pretty jewelry boxes, well... these are exactly like those.
Now the sound: oh boy! I purchased one and and I instantly knew that I wanted one more. So I ran to the website to get a second one saving $100.00 in the process. I liked it that much! I haven't broken them in properly and they already sound amazing with my Buchardt S400. They blend amazingly well together.
For the size of my room, these are perfect. They have the right amount of power. People with larger rooms, might need to go one step up.
I've had several subs in the past. I'm not a bass head, but I love what a proper bass does to the music. I heard people saying that improves the sound stage and I was skeptical. Well... they were right. I don't know how, I can't wrap my head around on that one. I now hear sounds in very familiar tracks that I didn't know were there.
If you are on the fence, please don't you will be amazed on how much bass these little guys will deliver. Did I mention their beauty? There are gorgeous!
Reviews + Awards
“REL’s T/9i is an excellent subwoofer for the audiophile. It’s capable of making big bass noises, but is also more than capable of freeing up the loudspeakers and liberating them from the dictatorship of the room. While there is no substitute for huge bass traps and other room treatments, a pair of T/9i get you most of the way there without the domestic angst room treatment can cause. Highly recommended” Read More +
Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+
"As REL woofer-in-chief John Hunter described to me, the new T lineup benefitted from the development of the Series S line. The Series S reminded him not only of the importance of both a lighter/stiffer driver but of the issue of self-quieting, which Hunter describes as design and engineering 'intended to produce a cone/driver that starts and stops well and immediately quiets down and does not continue ringing.' Basically, no overshoot." Read More +