Just received a pair of REL T5 subs

I bought these T5 subs for use with a pair of KEF LS50 bookshelves. Although not dialed in completely I'm blown away by the sounds coming from these little 1 foot cubes. How do you get that much quality sound out of a little 8" driver with 125 watts? I thought they seemed expensive for for what they are, that is until I hooked them up! I'm very impressed so far.
Vinyl, the final frontier...

Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D

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  • interesting as I am in the market for a small sub. How big is your room?
    How u like the Kef's? :*
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited June 2016
    I like the KEFs a lot! I am using a Schiit Ragnarok amp with it. A reviewer in Stereophile claimed the combo of the KEFs with the Rag was the best sound he has heard in the 21st century.

    The romm is approximately 18 x 16' with vaulted ceiling. At first I hooked up just one T5 and it provided plenty of bass with no problem. Then I added the second one and that is where the sound magic really took over. Stereo subs are the way to go, at least in this application.

    I noticed audioadvisor has the T5 for $599 each now that the T5i has been released for $749 each, the original price of the T5.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • "A reviewer in Stereophile claimed the combo of the KEFs with the Rag was the best sound he has heard in the 21st century." :o

    thanks for the info! I'll check out AA :)
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    Oops, that was musicdirect for $599. http://www.musicdirect.com/p-13261-rel-t-5-subwoofer.aspx
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    These from Goldenear (Sandy Gross company, ex Polk guru) looked interesting also. http://www.goldenear.com/products/forcefield-subwoofers
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    Using the passive radiator like the Golden Ear is something REL does on a lot of their line. Over the years though, when I ask about audiophile music subs, REL is always the first mention from other audiophiles.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,887
    I was torn for the longest time between a couple rel subs or some small sealed svs subs. I would love to try a pair of T5's in my system one day. Very nice subs, but haven't heard any in person. They are Priced way to high up here in Canada.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,553
    I don't get why UK products are expensive in CA
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,506
    madmax wrote: »
    Using the passive radiator like the Golden Ear is something REL does on a lot of their line. Over the years though, when I ask about audiophile music subs, REL is always the first mention from other audiophiles.

    Yes Sir, Rel has always made musical subs, which also makes them easier to integrate with your speakers than HT based subs. Dual subs for music is the way to go imho, good choice there.
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  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    tonyb wrote: »
    madmax wrote: »
    Dual subs for music is the way to go imho, good choice there.

    I tried the single sub first. It was OK but adding the second one is where the sound really came together. With the single I was able to tell there was a sub hooked up but the bass became fully integrated with the mains when I added the second one. More difference than I would have thought by adding the second one.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • FTGVFTGV Posts: 3,675
    The LS50 and T5's should be a great combo once you get them dialed in.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    madmax wrote: »
    Using the passive radiator like the Golden Ear is something REL does on a lot of their line. Over the years though, when I ask about audiophile music subs, REL is always the first mention from other audiophiles.

    I'm interested in the GoldenEar as well. Size is good for me and thinking they may be more musical than some just because of who they're from.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    Got to audition a T5 this past weekend. Impressive little sub. Would have like to hear the T9 with the passive radiator but ran out of time.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,669
    You using speakon inputs?
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  • NotaSuvNotaSuv Posts: 2,917
    Love the REL subs, using a Strata III with my Mirage M3si speakers = seamless sound
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