Modulating scale, while never compromising quality, T/7i provides the speed and punch of the T/9i, scaled to integrate seamlessly with more modest yet still highly sophisticated systems.Find a Dealer
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Reimagined, Then Reengineered
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.
INNOVATIVE ALLOY/FIBRE BASS ENGINES
The new composite alloy/fibre engine in T/7i blends precisely the correct dimension of stiffening alloy with a fibre material chosen for its sonic neutrality and light weight. The combination is brilliant; exceeding the performance of competitors’ drivers that are many times more expensive. The forward-firing 8” active couples with a larger 10” down-firing passive, again with carefully chosen balances of alloy to fibre and the result is seamless, effortlessly deep bass that blends perfectly with the main speakers.
Brains and Brawn
The Power Behind REL
If our driver designers deliver the structure of REL’s sound, the electronics are the brains and the power behind our success. Serie T/i uses the same Class A/B power amplifier sections with large, high current power supplies, precision-wound toroidal transformers and an amazing reliability record that has powered almost 100,000 RELs. Our proprietary filter designs are responsible for rave reviews for REL’s unique ability to blend seamlessly while layering on all the harmonic structure missing from conventional systems. 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.
I've had the REL T/7i for a little over two weeks now. Run-in was easy, but took a bit longer than instructions indicated, but not much. (I had no option for going out to dinner...) Set-up and fine-tuning were actually pretty easy in terms of getting a very listenable sound. The REL instructional videos were very helpful, and I have experience with "live-sound" and other pro sound work and am generally familiar with crossovers. I'm still playing around with fine-tuning, just for fun. I bought the REL with the idea that I would probably need it when/if I got new (stand-mount?) speakers to replace my 30-year-old Vandersteen 2Ci/s, but I'm so impressed by the ability of the REL to "liberate" the mid/upper dynamics and detail, as well as adding bottom heft, clarity and low-end harmonics, that I'm wondering whether i'm really in need of new main speakers - it's that much of a transformation. The low-end additions were expected, although in this case fairly subtle, but the improvement to the upper registers is really remarkable. A great improvement!
I installed Saturday, so far excellent. Need to tweak it.
I own four other REL subwoofers, and I might be partial. Fit and finish is outstanding. Integration with existing main speakers easy. Bass is modulated and tuneful: you recognize each chord and note played by double bass, contrabassoon and contrabass tuba. That is more than enough.
I have owned three various models of RELs with different systems over the years and so had no doubt of going with REL for my latest system that I downsized to which includes the B&W 805 stand mounted speakers. The System is only used for 2-channel stereo music and no HT. The was question was which size T/i model to best go with my new home’s floor plan. I have an open floor plan that is about 30’ x 30’ with high ceilings and hardwood floors and wasn’t sure whether to go with the T/7i or T/9i.
I decided to try the T/7i first with the thought I could exchange to the T/9i if it did not work out. I was mainly concerned it would not generate enough low level bass to cover my area and I am only able to use a single sub (wife’s orders) in my setup. Fortunately, the T7/I was more than enough and blended in seamlessly with my 805s. They not only filled in the low level bass I was missing, but blended in nicely with the midrange and smoothed out the high ( especially stringed instruments such as violins). I know the preference is for dual subs, but I think in my case a single sub is proving to be sufficient.
In listening to John Hunter’s webinar yesterday (7/8), it also helped confirm that the T/7i was the way to go over the T/9i so as not to overwhelm my smaller monitors.
Also, I upgraded my power cable (Audience Forte - 10 gauge) and SpeakON speaker cable (Schmitt Custom - 12 gauge). I noticed a slight increase in volume so had to turn the gain down a couple of clicks but hard to say how much of a substantial difference it makes. Just reassuring to know I have better quality wires going in if nothing else and at a very affordable price point (around $240 for both).
The only minor criticism I would have on the REL is the branding on the feet. I think it is a little overdone to have it on both sides of all the feet. Looks a little tacky for such a high end looking sub. Would prefer to leave these off and maybe make the REL logo on top of the sub more substantial.
Also, final note is REL’s customer service is terrific in answering questions in a friendly manner and notifying me of the credit due back since the subs went on sale soon after I had purchased mine at full price. Also, love the fact you can exchange or return within 60-days at no cost in restocking fees or return shipping. I think only a very small handful of places will do this.
TL;DR: Very satisfied with the sound and look of my new Rel!
New to the audiophile game but was inspired to invest in a whole new system with all the time I have been spending at home during the pandemic. I started the process with three goals: 1) build a sound system that could excel for both music as well as movies/sports, 2) looks super clean, and 3) delivers great value. After a boatload of research (word of mouth followed by extensive review of online articles/forums), I settled on the KEF LS50s to pair with the Rel T/7i w/ Arrow wireless.
I've had the system in place for about two weeks now and it's exceeding my expectations. I've been shocked by how much depth a great sound system can add to everything I'm listening to. The LS50s are very solid, but they go from solid to fantastic with the addition of the T/7i which does a great job of filling in the low frequencies that I didn't even realize I was missing before. Beyond that, my new system looks fantastic. The cabinet on the Rel is flawless and the wireless system makes cord management very easy. I also tested to see if I could hear a difference between the wireless system and plugging the sub directly into my amp and am happy to report that the sound was just as crisp when using the transmitter.
Separately, Rel provided me with great customer service throughout the purchase and installation process. Between the hands-on advice and the content on their website, I got my system tuned perfectly.
Overall, I made a great decision going with the T/7i and am recommending it to all of my friends.
Reviews + Awards
"Even without the high-level connection in use (wilfully ignoring REL's manual that declares 'you will almost always' hookup this way), this is a seriously accomplished device. And even if you choose, as an LFE purist, not to run a simultaneous input for movie playback, you should certainly experiment with the high-level connection for conventional two-channel audio. I found it improved the sub's integration with my L/R speakers and sense of speed." Read More +
Ed Selley, Home Cinema Choice
"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 +
Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
What I really enjoy about these smaller, less expensive subs, is that there has been no compromise in the T7is in terms of what makes the big RELs truly great. The cabinets, though slightly simpler in design, are still executed to the same level of fit and finish as the top models. Ditto for the drivers and electronics. Hence, the T7i is more than worthy of one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2018. Read More +