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    Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    I am contemplating about adding subs to my system and the REL S5s seem like a bargain for the performance.

    Any experiences, views on those?


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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    i have the S2's and absolutely love them! I'm sure the S5's would be amazing.
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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    I have the S3 and am happy with it for both music and movies. I believe REL is best for integration into main speakers for music, but I guess people typically prefer a different kind of bass for movies.

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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by wklie View Post
    I have the S3 and am happy with it for both music and movies. I believe REL is best for integration into main speakers for music, but I guess people typically prefer a different kind of bass for movies.
    Thank you, great input. I am actually looking to enhance the mids instead of getting more earthquake rumble for movies.



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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    And I do have this really smart question, as I have not used subs before: how and where do I connect the sub? How is it done if I have a) one or b) two of the REL S5s?


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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    With the REL the prefered method is speaker level and they provide the cables to get started in the box.
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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    And I do have this really smart question, as I have not used subs before: how and where do I connect the sub?
    REL is connected like this, but note that this is different from most other subwoofers:
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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    I am contemplating about adding subs to my system and the REL S5s seem like a bargain for the performance.

    Any experiences, views on those?


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    I have worked with them a number of times. Excellent value and highest performance in their price range, IMO.

    However, I have not used them with speakers that were smaller than floor-standing.
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    Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Smith View Post
    I have worked with them a number of times. Excellent value and highest performance in their price range, IMO.

    However, I have not used them with speakers that were smaller than floor-standing.
    Jim, thank you for your kind advise, it's very much appreciated. Could not think of a better recommendation.

    My speakers are floorstanding Magico S3s.


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    Re: Anyone heard the REL S5 subs?

    Quote Originally Posted by wklie View Post
    REL is connected like this, but note that this is different from most other subwoofers:
    Excellent, this will work wonderfully with my Ayre VX-5/20.


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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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