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    REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    Spent x-mas in the summerhouse, listened to music and watched a couple of films with the surround system. Concluded the guys are right and you do not necessarily need the subs only for the bass, but also for the midrange.

    All in all pretty much Mike's fault, partly the professor also to blame and Jim's recommendation of the RELs did not help either (even though we're not talking about Q-Subs here) .


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    Re: REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    It's uncanny how much subs affect and enhance the mid-range.
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    I don't understand it but it does.

    And the REL's are great musical subs.
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    REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    Frankly speaking I had not understood it properly earlier .

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    REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    The S5 SHO arrived yesterday and so I added it to the setup - the difference is quite dramatic. However, I am not talking about the bass. The S3s already have all the bass I need.

    What I am referring to is the depth of imaging, soundstage and three dimensionality of the sound, particularly impressive e.g. when listening to piano play. It further appears that the sub provides quite a bit of relieve to the mids, allowing them to become more open, detailed and palpable. Of course, the lowest keys on the piano are also more effortless.

    I am very happy I went with REL and not some car trunk boom box making windows shake and fillings to loosen. Very nice indeed.


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    Re: REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    The S5 SHO arrived yesterday and so I added it to the setup - the difference is quite dramatic. However, I am not talking about the bass. The S3s already have all the bass I need.

    What I am referring to is the depth of imaging, soundstage and three dimensionality of the sound, particularly impressive e.g. when listening to piano play. It further appears that the sub provides quite a bit of relieve to the mids, allowing them to become more open, detailed and palpable. Of course, the lowest keys on the piano are also more effortless.

    I am very happy I went with REL and not some car trunk boom box making windows shake and fillings to loosen. Very nice indeed.


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    Glad you like the sub "effect". I use my S3s with JL 113v2 to very satisfactory results.

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    Re: REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    Do RELs have any DSP you can experiment with ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Glad you like the sub "effect". I use my S3s with JL 113v2 to very satisfactory results.
    What I like in particular, is that adding the sub bass also improves analogue playback in the low end without destroying anything on the top.

    A couple of nice tracks to check the sub impact with: Christine and the Queens/ Paradis Perdus for low end ambience, Caught by A Ghost/ Can't let go for low low freq reach, Adele/ When We Were Young for clarity of bass, Alison Krauss Live/ Let Me Touch for a While or Ray Brown/ Exactly Like You for Midrange clarity, Africa/ Toto for soundstage.
    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    Do RELs have any DSP you can experiment with ?
    Just volume, crossover, phase shift, as such very simple.

    Benefit comes from the high freq connection, which connects directly to the same speaker connectors as your main speakers and hence gives the sub exactly the same signal path as the transducers.


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    Big rig: Vpi Prime with Phoenix Engineering Eagle and Roadrunner/ Ortofon Cadenza Bronze MC/ Stillpoints LPI/ Grandinote Celio/ Aurender N100H/ Curious USB/ Auralic Aries Mini/ Meitner MA-1/ Ayre KX-5 Twenty/ Pass Labs X250.8/ WyWires Platinum IC+speaker+power cables/ Magico S3 mk2/ REL S5 SHO/ REL Blue/ Shunyata Triton+AlphaHC+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

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    Re: REL S5 SHO under way, exciting...

    This is where the fun of having a superb sub really starts...




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    “Life’s too short to listen to bad audio.”

    Big rig: Vpi Prime with Phoenix Engineering Eagle and Roadrunner/ Ortofon Cadenza Bronze MC/ Stillpoints LPI/ Grandinote Celio/ Aurender N100H/ Curious USB/ Auralic Aries Mini/ Meitner MA-1/ Ayre KX-5 Twenty/ Pass Labs X250.8/ WyWires Platinum IC+speaker+power cables/ Magico S3 mk2/ REL S5 SHO/ REL Blue/ Shunyata Triton+AlphaHC+Alpha Analogue+Alpha Digital/ Finite Elemente Pagode/ Stillpoints Ultra SS.

    Small rig: Naim UnitiServe/ Curious USB/ Ayre Codex/ Auralic Aries Mini/ Sbooster PSU/ Pass Labs INT-60/ Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II/ HiD Diamond 8/ Harbeth 3PSR2/ Shunyata Venom EU7 & Venom 3 HD.

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