REL’S Newest Additions To The Serie HT.
New additions to the Serie HT line.
Big news from Rel Acoustics. They released their ‘affordably priced, exceptionally dynamic, pure home theatre powered subwoofers.’ So what should you expect from the new additions to the Serie HT?
Lightweight, modern CarbonGlas (specific to REL) drivers coupled to a powerful Class D amplifier that runs cool, producing extraordinary dynamics. Let’s delve deeper, shall we?
The REL HT/1205 MKII
A sparkling new amp design effortlessly delivers 500W into an all-new CarbonGlas™ 12” (300mm) driver. According to REL, they prioritized a balanced design over electronic gimmickry. The 1205 MKII has right-sized cabinets, solid bracing, and beautiful finishes.
You can also expect a new black lacquer on a 12mm thick beautifully-polished top with the REL logo floating on it.
According to REL, the HT/1205 MKII plays 50% louder than its predecessor, while also delivering more precision and subtlety. “It is capable of output levels more commonly found in models well over $1,000/£1,000.”
Not only that but, the HT/1205 MKII supplements the Reference, Serie S, and T/i subwoofers .1/LFE output.
The HT/1205 MK II’s driver is a 12” (350mm) CarbonGlas™ construct with beefed-up components. It has glass fiber primary cones with true carbon fiber center caps resulting in a cost-effective yet pistonic cone.
Furthermore, it has larger, more powerful magnets that produce more energy. Upgraded suspension designs control the HT/1205 MKII’s output all the way out to the limits of both the amplifier and the driver.
REL also offers HT-Air™, a wireless transmitter, and receiver that sends an incredibly fast 5.8Ghz wireless signal up to 60 feet with no digital compression. This affordable circuit includes the same LSIC chip that powers REL’s state-of-the-art AirShip II, minus the expensive analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog (DAC) converters.
The HT-Air is perfect for the .1/LFE signals using RCA connectors that are HT/1205 MKII’s primary mission.
At 6 dB louder than any previous REL within 50% of its price, the original HT/1205 was a remarkable value.
The REL HT/1003 MKII Subwoofer
The HT/1003MKII (aka The Hammer) has the most dramatic update in the entire HT range. It realizes a full 10 dB higher output (that’s twice as loud) over the HT/1003. The HT/1003 MKII also receives the full suite of MKII upgrades.
You can expect a higher secondary filter that allows energy to extend further up the sonic spectrum meaning explosions are more savage than ever. Furthermore, an all-analog PerfectFilter™ lifts and extends the deepest bass.
Additionally, an analog subsonic filter filters out the signals that can lead to damage below 20Hz.
Lastly, improvements to the driver (similar to the HT/1205 MKII), amplifier (a powerful 300W amp), and filters mean this latest version is now a seriously musical sub.
Price Of The HT/1205MKII & HT/1003 MKII
The REL HT/1205 MKII subwoofer retails at £849 and the REL HT/1003 MKII subwoofer retails at £699.