Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Long Beach, CA. USA
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I'm VERY happy with my REL's!!!
Yes I said that in plural because I have three. One R-528 in the front left corner of the room so it can take advantage of the room, the other two are T-9's positioned on each side of the sofa. My sofa is about 12" from the back wall which happens to be all mirror. I know thats not a good thing so I positioned a large pillow resting on the back of the sofa leaning against the wall to prevent reflection. I plan to not live in this place for that much longer so room treatment is not an option at this point.
The R-528 is connected with both high level and LFE from my Integra 50.3 AVR. The T-9's are only connected to the LFE. This is because I prefer to listen to music in DIRECT mode (2 channel) as it is supposed to be heard. It took awhile to get the REL adjusted properly, but when I finally got it there, it sounds AMAZING! The R-528 is an outstanding subwoofer and blends beautifully with my Paradigm Signature S2's. The lesson I learned was not to turn the volume up too high on the REL. If you turn it up till you can hear it, chances are it's too high. The crossover can be calculated and adjusted to overlap the cutoff point of the main speakers. It took some time and now it sounds better than ever when I play music. I spent a lot of time playing Chevsky's test CD. Like I said, AMAZING! One thing I will add here is the adjustment of the REL is a constant project between adjusting the crossover and volume ever so slightly. Even to the point of adjusting the knobs between detents. The detents are nice to repeat setting but sometimes they can be a hindrance if you need something in between. Luckily, these allow for such fine tuning.
When I watch a movie and all three subs kick in, OMG! It feels like your in the middle of the scene and when an explosion goes off or any kind of deep base occurs, I can really feel it The REL really digs deep!
I believe in multiple subs, at least three. This way, the listener is immersed in the sound and the subs don't have to work so hard. It sounds and feels more natural. I'm also considering a smaller T-5 for the center channel.
The next addition to my HT will be a better amp as I am looking for a pre owned Anthem A5. I don't think my speakers are giving me all their glory with just the Integra. I bought one at a very good price and when the seller shipped it, FedEx managed to lose it. It's been lost for a month now. I got my money back but I'd rather have the amp so it's back to the classifieds.
Paradigm Signature S2 - Front L&R - Studio 20 - Surround L&R - CC-490 - Center
REL R-528 (front) / REL T-9 (2 ea surrounds)
Anthem A5 & Integra 50.3 (used as a preamp)
Oppo BDP-103 - Blu Ray / REGA Apollo-R CD player
TEAC X2000R tape rec/player
Audioquest Interconnects, King Cobra & Red River