New REL S-5 in the house...

Still figuring out the best way to set this up in my rig, but floor model for 600.00, it was hard to pass up. I have liked the look and feel of this one since it came out.
The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 14,815
    NOOOOIIICCCCEEEEE!
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,854
    Sweeeet!

    I usually get yelled at for no pics about 5 minutes into a new thread.....so......POST SOME PICS homie... :) :) :)
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,829
    You know the rules John....
    Such a newbie
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    Right now I have a screaming 7 month old...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,829
    Enjoy all that that you can. Only yesterday mine was that age...well like 28 yrs ago yesterday.
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,854
    Right now I have a screaming 7 month old...

    Screaming for some Bassnectar?



    JK...I totally understsand...mine are 3, 5, and 7.
    2 Channel
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold Cartridge
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500a
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    Think I am going to get the REL Longbow and go the wireless route. What I am liking so far is the ability to run a high level connection from my amps and the LFE signal from my Pioneer at the same time. This will bring some needed reinforcement to the bottom end for two channel along with the transient punch needed for movie soundtracks.

    I don't think the big Polks are missing anything really on the bottom end, but if the REL is able to establish the subsonic floor, that should help everything else.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 14,815
    Think I am going to get the REL Longbow and go the wireless route. What I am liking so far is the ability to run a high level connection from my amps and the LFE signal from my Pioneer at the same time. This will bring some needed reinforcement to the bottom end for two channel along with the transient punch needed for movie soundtracks.

    I don't think the big Polks are missing anything really on the bottom end, but if the REL is able to establish the subsonic floor, that should help everything else.

    If your on a slab like I think, wont matter :disappointed:

    I've got a 18" sub and 4 x 12's almost next to me, and even I cant get subsonics that well due to the slab killing them.

    If your on a wooden subfloor.... well then my friend your in for a treat.
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 820
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    Sweeeet!

    I usually get yelled at for no pics about 5 minutes into a new thread.....so......POST SOME PICS homie... :) :) :)

    and a review. B)
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    Pics and preliminary comments coming tomorrow, as I will finally have time to play with it a bit. There is a very small chip on the back corner of the cabinet on the back side corner. Any advice on repairs that will protect from further pealing?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,457
    edited October 1
    In my old house My dual PB 13 ultras would rattle your balls, this was on a cement slab in a basement. My buddy said he felt his fat gut flapping. So it is possible.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    Just a little TMI... :p
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,533
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    In my old house My dual PB 13 ultras would rattle your balls, this was on a cement slab in a basement. My buddy said he felt his fat gut flapping. So it is possible.

    You need new friends.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, iFi LS3.5
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,457
    edited October 1
    DSkip wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    In my old house My dual PB 13 ultras would rattle your balls, this was on a cement slab in a basement. My buddy said he felt his fat gut flapping. So it is possible.

    You need new friends.

    Why? Should I get skinnier ones?
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,533
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    In my old house My dual PB 13 ultras would rattle your balls, this was on a cement slab in a basement. My buddy said he felt his fat gut flapping. So it is possible.

    You need new friends.

    Why? Should I get skinnier ones?

    Yeah!!! They're absorbing all that bass!
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, iFi LS3.5
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,147
    Pics and preliminary comments coming tomorrow, as I will finally have time to play with it a bit. There is a very small chip on the back corner of the cabinet on the back side corner. Any advice on repairs that will protect from further pealing?

    It's supposed to be a lacquer finish, but it could be polyester or even automotive paint. Regardless, none of those are going to peel.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,147
    I'm not surprised. As many can attest, no sub needed with my 2.3TL's.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    I think it could be helpful with HT, so as not to push the big girls into places they don't need to go. I will keep playing with the settings, but if it makes no difference with two channel, I may just flip it and make a buck or two.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    I unplugged the REL.... thought it adds nothing, but wow. It makes no perceivable sound, yet with it off, a bunch of low end detail just vanished. I am talking about things like the strike of the hammer on kick drums, and also an enhanced sense of clarity. More to come including pictures
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 488
    edited October 2
    That is one nice-looking sub! It's also one of those items you have to make sure you are dressed when you take pictures of it to prevent your reflection from being captured in the finish. :p (Google "ebay tea kettle.")
    Polk SDA SRS 2.3TL
    Silk Audio MS38SE Tube Amp
    Yamaha DSP A-1 AV Amp
    Panasonic TC-P65S2 Plasma TV
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,457
    Beautiful sub, and a smoking deal on that guy. I've always felt that you shouldn't notice a sub, until you turn it off.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,144
    DSkip wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    In my old house My dual PB 13 ultras would rattle your balls, this was on a cement slab in a basement. My buddy said he felt his fat gut flapping. So it is possible.

    You need new friends.

    Why? Should I get skinnier ones?

    Yeah!!! They're absorbing all that bass!

    Easy there Skip...
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk TSX250C
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    Little bit of an update here... the Sub is blending nicely with the big SDA's. As observed before, it does not add much, but what it does do is phenomenal. Listening to a stand up Bass or cello being bowed, the SDA's pick up the note and play it well, while the sub grabs onto the resonance of the body of the instrument and adds depth and character to the instrument. It basically completes the illusion of the actual event.

    Highly recommend this sub, and REL in general.

    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    edited October 21
    Finally had a few moments to air things out a bit on a movie soundtrack. The REL does exactly what I hoped it would. It relieves the strain on the mw drivers in the SDA's and offers increased dynamics and power during intense action scenes.

    With just the 1.2TL's in play, I felt like I was forcing the speakers to perform a task for which they were never intended, but the REL changes the equation to such a degree that they now seem right at home.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • mantismantis Posts: 14,626
    REL makes one of the very best sounding Dual purpose woofers on the market.
    Very nice score there.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
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