REL T/5i - Stunningly Simple Subwoofer
Simplicity is its own reward and T/5i reduces the classic square sub to its bare essence. A single, high quality AlloyFibre™ composite driver and down firing orientation produces maximum coupling with the floor and eliminates the need for a grille. T/5i is the purest expression of REL.
REL began by updating 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. 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.
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, prcision-wound toroidal transformers and an amazing reliability record that has powered almost 100,000 REL's.
Active Drive Unit - 8in., 200 mm long-throw, inverted dust cap, steel chassis
Power Output - 125 Watts (RMS)
Type - Closed Box, down-firing active woofer
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: 150kO, Low Level: 10kO, .1/LFE: 10kO
Gain Control Range - 80 dB
Phase Switch - Yes, 0 or 180 degrees
Amplifier Type - Class AB
Wireless Capability - Yes - REL Arrow™ wireless system [required], Sold separately
"Protection System - Fully Electronic SET-SAFE, D.C. Fault, Output Short"
Fuse - 1.6 Amp semi delay 230 volts operation
Dimensions (WHD) Including Feet and Rear Panel Controls - 10.5 x 12.5 x 12.7 in., (267 x 317 x 322 mm)
- Add 1.75 in (44.5 mm) in depth when using Hi Level connector
Net Weight - 12 kg
Finish - Gloss Piano Black or White Lacquer
Supplied Accessories - Mains Lead, Neutrik Speakon Interconnect (10 Meters Nominal),User Manual
Mains Lead - Yes
Neutrik Speakon Interconnect (10 Meters Nominal) - Yes (10 Meters Nominal)
User Manual - Yes
REL ACOUSTICS PHILOSOPHIES:
Musicians place no limits on the bandwidth of the music they play. In many instances the venue’s “sound” contains some very low frequency information as do harmonics of instruments in the orchestra.
THE COMPLETE TRUTH
For pure fidelity to be realized, every part of every note in the music must be reproduced, along with the acoustic signature of the recording space. The typical home audiophile system, sometimes chosen after hours of agonizing over which components to buy, often suffers bandwidth limitation at the lower end of the reproduction spectrum. This is especially true when playing high bit-rate formats such as 24/96 or 24/192 kHz files.
THE BIG PICTURE
Accurate reproduction of low bass is especially important to film sound tracks. Directors and sound engineers rely on very low bass frequencies to impart the power of action sequences, and the sheer drama of subtler scenes. In many cases, huge expenditure is lavished on sound tracks to achieve the desired emotional response in the movie goer. The explosion of high quality sources into homes has given consumers the opportunity to experience the fidelity of wideband multi-channel recording. Every movie soundtrack has a special Low Frequency Effects channel (LFE), where all the really dramatic bass sounds are stored. But without a properly integrated audiophile sub-bass system, bass frequencies, which took hundreds of man-hours and millions to create, will not be reproduced in full.
REL SHOTGUN™ BOTH BARRELS AT ONCE!
REL sub-bass systems are optimized to deliver highly accurate, dynamic low bass in film soundtracks. This requires an ability that as of this writing, only RELs possess; the ability to deliver huge low bass originally intended for the main speakers as well as the ability to deliver effects for the .1 channel.
REL SHOTGUN 3D™ BASS
If one wants to feel the depth charges exploding all around the submarine, one ultimate trick remains up our sleeves. For ultimate spatial coherence, a minimum of 3 RELs (1-main L/R, 1-center, 1-surrounds) may be used to fully realize all the performance embedded in move soundtracks. REL Shotgun unleashes the basic performance possible in a soundtrack. Shotgun 3D™ extends that benefit to all the building blocks of a theater.
THE PATH TO PERFECT BASS
One secret to a REL sub-bass system’s success resides not only in its ability to extract the deepest sounds in the mix, or in its bullet-proof reliability and conspicuous overbuild, it resides in its ability to integrate effortlessly with the main system, enhancing its sound by naturally underpinning the output from the speakers – to make them sound as if they’d doubled in size.
PERFECT FILTERS: SPEED KILLS
At REL, we know the secret to a perfectly balanced system is our filter circuits. Evolving over several generations the REL filter circuit is considered a trade secret, To this day, we embed them in a matrix designed to destroy the components hidden within should our competition try to discover the ideal way to crossover. Speed is incredibly important to a sub crossover and so we employ, simple, direct and very fast-acting filters. Based on second order designs, they are intended to allow all the speed and slam of Music to emerge—and importantly, all of the subtlety—while still performing the necessary crossover filtering.
REL sub-bass systems can be “tuned” to your system and room, whatever your system’s capabilities and listening room size. This is of enormous benefit, particularly if like many others, your listening room is not perfect. The REL can be positioned to pressurize your listening room below its lowest eigentone and ensure that those previously missing or masked frequencies are heard cleanly and clearly, no false emphasis or boom – you control its sound in your system.