"Versatile, Well-Designed, Attractively Built"
The T-5 powered subwoofer from REL Acoustics 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 aluminum feet anchor the T-5's performance to your room.
"The REL T5 is a versatile, well-designed, attractively built and finished compact subwoofer that succeeds at its main task: producing surprisingly deep bass," reports Michael Fremer in the July 2011 issue of HomeTheater.com.
"Very Easy to Recommend"
"When I put on my home theater crash helmet, the terrifying tsunami at the beginning of Hereafter was really something to experience with this system," notes Neil Gader in The Absolute Sound, February 2012.
"The T5's setup flexibility and welcome self-control make it very easy to recommend," says Adam Rayner in Home Cinema Choice, September 2012
Classic REL Quality
T-5's rear panel embodies classic REL quality with 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. The sound of the T-5 is 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.
Maximum Slam and Attack
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. The separate volume controls for High Level and .1 allow perfect levels for music and home theater. With REL, there is no need to turn it up for theater, and then turn it down for music.
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 uses a quality stamped steel-frame 8" Ultra Long Throw (ULT) driver in the T-5. REL drivers are a big part of our success, with much care and attention paid to producing truly low bass from relatively small drivers, and then engineering them to be able to withstand high power and output for long periods of time.
"When I put on my home theater crash helmet, the terrifying tsunami at the beginning of Hereafter was really something to experience with this system."
- Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, February 2012
"While the G1 has few competitors, the T5 sits in a fierce section of the subwoofer market, with rivals such as KEF's Kube 2 offering more in the way of design flair and power. Yet the T5's setup flexibility and welcome self-control make it very easy to recommend. A bit like the G1, in fact."
- Adam Rayner, Home Cinema Choice, September 2012
"The REL T5 is a versatile, well-designed, attractively built and finished compact subwoofer that succeeds at its main task: producing surprisingly deep bass that subjectively extended below 30 Hz in my room when sound effects and the occasional musical and/or spatial accent demanded it."
- Michael Fremer, HomeTheater.com, July 2011