REL T5i active Subwoofer 150w 8" down fire 32Hz

REL 03 T5
NZ$ 1,295.00 ea (incl. GST)
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T-5 produces a sophisticated blend of style and design, in a potent, compact package. Packing a single down-firing long-throw 8” driver with a high current 150W Class A/B amp allows this bantamweight to punch well beyond its class. Quality abounds with hidden bracing designed to remove sloppy, boomy bass, all-too-common in this price range, while solid billet aluminium feet anchor the T-5’s performance to your room

T-5’s rear panel embodies classic REL quality. brilliant execution of details and a full REL connectivity suite that allows for both perfectly blended musical sub bass, as well as powerful, concussive Home theater bass without having to adjust the settings. Solid, punchy and full of character.

The amplifier design for T-5 is a high current Class A/B linear power amplifier. These workhorse amps have proven themselves in over 50,000 units to date, with excellent reliability.

REL’s latest input filter design is borrowed from its more expensive sibling (Serie R) and is considerably quicker than older designs. This speed is partially responsible for the slam and attack for which Serie T is known. Note the separate volume controls for High Level and .1 that allow perfect levels for music and home theater. With REL, there is no need to turn it up for theater, then turn it down for music.

REL Theater Reference: Note the High Level Connection that allows seamless blend of sub with main speakers. Note also the .1 input which can be used simultaneously with the high level connection to provide a unique Home theater experience that provides truly immersive bass due to the restoration of low bass in the soundtrack to the main speakers.

REL’s latest input filter design is borrowed from its more expensive sibling (Serie R) and is considerably quicker than older designs. This speed is partially responsible for the slam and attack for which Serie T is known. Note the separate volume controls for High Level and .1 that allow perfect levels for music and home theater. With REL, there is no need to turn it up for theater, then turn it down for music.

REL Theater Reference: Note the High Level Connection that allows seamless blend of sub with main speakers. Note also the .1 input which can be used simultaneously with the high level connection to provide a unique Home theater experience that provides truly immersive bass due to the restoration of low bass in the soundtrack to the main speakers.

Specifications

Reviews

Specifications

Type: Closed Box, down-firing active woofer
Active Drive Unit: 8in., 200 mm long-throw, steel chassis
Lower Frequency Response: 32 Hz at -6 dB in room
Input Connectors: Hi Level Neutrik Speakon, Lo Level single phono,
LFE phono
Input Impedance: High Level: 150k, Low Level: 10k, .1/LFE: 10k ohms
Gain Control Range: 80 dB
Power Output: 125 Watts (RMS)
Phase Switch: Yes, 0 or 180 degrees
Amplifier Type: Class AB
Protective System
Fully Electronic SET-SAFE: Yes
D.C. Fault: Yes
Output Short: Yes
Mains Input Voltage: 220-240 volts, 110-120 volts for certain markets
Fuses: 1.6 Amp semi delay 230 volts operation,
3.15 Amp semi delay 115 volts operation
Dimensions (WHD) Including Feet: 266.7 x 298.4 x 298.4 mm
Net Weight: 11.7 kg
Finish: Gloss Piano Black or White Lacquer
Supplied Accessories
Mains Lead: Yes
Neutrik Speakon Interconnect: Yes (10 Meters Nominal)
Users Manual: Yes

Reviews

If you own a pair of stand mount speakers, or smaller speakers like the Spendors, then the REL T5 offers an excellent bass upgrade, with the added ability of summoning up the occasional blockbuster.

Not very well known in Australia, but a legend in its native England, REL has been pumping out "sub-bass systems" for nigh on 20 years. The company takes a different approach to what other companies call "subwoofers" by supplementing stereo sound instead of just supplying low-end effects. If you have a pair of stand mount speakers, or are looking to add a more "muscular" bass sound to your music, then REL wants to hear from you.

The REL T-5 is the company's newest "sub" aimed at entry-level systems. Despite the low-cost emphasis, there has been zero compromise on build quality: the T-5 is beautifully constructed. From the piano-black finish to the immaculate back panel, the REL oozes sophistication, and yet its sound engineering roots remain with its solid gold RCA terminals and thick heatsink.

Now for the tech specs: the REL T-5 features a closed design with a single 8-inch, down-firing driver. It's driven by a 125W amplifier and can go down as low as 32Hz at -6bB. The box is also compact, at roughly 300mm². A lot of power from a small box, then.

The REL's selling point is that it enables you to run a set of speaker cables in parallel with your main speakers in addition to the RCA ".1" input, and enables you to control them independently. The T-5 lets you alter the LFE effects channel level, the speaker input level and the crossover frequency. The crossover could be better labelled, as it simply starts at 30Hz and ends at 120Hz. It's difficult to hear any changes until you get to about 12 o'clock, and so a relative frequency at this point would have been useful.

Music is unsurprisingly where the T-5 performs best, with funk and rock sounding tight and tuneful. Used in conjunction with the diminutive Spender A3s, the REL filled out the bottom end nicely, and added punch that wasn't there before.

On some subwoofers, bass notes can overhang and become muddy, but the REL was able to stop and start remarkably quickly. If you're looking to buy a musical subwoofer, we've yet to see anything else compete with it for the price.

The REL T-5 may not have the deepest of bass responses, but it is able to conjure up an avalanche when called for. 

If you own a pair of stand mount speakers, or smaller speakers like the Spendors, then the REL T-5 offers an excellent bass upgrade, with the added ability of summoning up the occasional blockbuster. If you're looking for outright bass extension, though, then you should be looking to pay a lot more. A lot more.