REL - R-218 PIANO BLACK
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Brand: REL ACOUSTICS
Category: Audio Equipment, Speakers, Subwoofers.
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The Compact REL R-218 is Shockingly Good
This small cabinet with only a 10" woofer delivers the deepest, tightest bass we've ever heard from a sealed REL. Much of the credit for this is due to three revisions which make their debut for Serie-R. The first is the revised crossover, which is vastly more efficient than those used in previous R-series, revealing greater transparency, superior dynamic expression and a sense of ease and effortlessness. The second change is REL's transition to a new type of digital amplification, this one is built in-house and delivers higher power, better control and blows the lid off of previous designs. The third change, this one less obvious, is the cabinet size and shape which have been enlarged just slightly, but allow the R-218 to open up and extend deeper than any of the previous R-Series models. The R-218 offers better punch and depth than the previous R-305 with superior power and slam than the R-505. The R-218 is a shockingly good sub and a tremendous value, we highly recommend it!
"The R-218 maintains the chameleon-like ability to disappear into the character of the left/right main speakers. This is what a good sub does; time and again it returns not only the music but the venue to a recording. It allows notes to hang in the air a bit longer, and the deepest notes and pulses to sustain and decay. The R-218 is easily one of the best subs I've reviewed...one of a handful of small subwoofers that truly satisfies. In the world of the bottom octave, my friends, that is truly the bottom line."
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You Need a REL
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On a "green" note, Serie-R amplifiers have a unique power saving feature called “power starvation”. Whenever there’s no signal present, the amplifier goes instantly to maximum power saving efficiency, consuming a mere 5W of power (less than an LCD TV in standby), yet the amplifier remains at maximum readiness to immediately respond to a sudden transient signal, even after a long quiet period and regardless of level. This innovative feature eliminates the need to switch off an Serie-R woofer when not in use.
Design & Cabinetry
The High-Level connection is highly preferred as it connects the REL directly to the system’s amplifier, allowing the REL, chameleon-like, to take on the sonic character of the entire system. The very high input impedance (100kΩ) of the High-Level connection ensures that the system’s amplifier doesn’t even see (electrically speaking) the REL, yet this connection enables the REL to very accurately reproduce both the timbre and timing of the system.
The .1/LFE RCA connection is a separate connection designed to be used in tandem with the High-Level connection to provide unparalleled flexibility in a home theater environment. The High-Level connection provides low-frequency reinforcement to the main speakers while the .1/LFE connection provides reproduction of the exclamation point bass the LFE channel is intended for. Simply connect an RCA cable from the LFE output on the surround processor to the .1/LFE input on the REL. This input has its own volume control, but all crossover adjustments for this input are done at the surround processor.
If for some reason the High-Level connection cannot be used, (e.g. a system with powered speakers) then the Low-Level input should be used, allowing Serie-R to be connected via an RCA cable. This is a mono input, so if stereo output is available from the preamp or processor, a y-adaptor should be used to combine the signals. The Low-Level input shares the crossover and volume control of the High-Level input. The Low-Level input is not the preferred connection, only use if High-Level connection is simply not possible.
Enclosure Type: Sealed
Driver: 10” Long Throw, steel chassis
Crossover: Variable, 30-120 Hz Stepped
Neutrik Speakon High-Level input
RCA low level input
.1/LFE RCA input with separate volume control
Amplifier: 250W High Current REL-designed Class D
Protection: Over Current, Over Voltage
Dimensions (HWD): 12x13.6x12.5"
Weight: 29 lbs
REL R-218 User Manual (69 KB)
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