These new stacks of REL Sub-base systems in our “Transporter” reference room have opened a whole new door of musicality when listening to 2 Channel Ultra High End Stereo. And in multi channel, the combo of the REL stacks left & right up front, and the JL Audio F212’s left & right centered in the back truly make concert DVD’s, Blu-Ray & Cable sound and feel live. Actually, with your favorite song it takes your breath away.
You might think I owe a minor apology for the cliche’ of my post title, but I do suspect that REL Acoustics wanted that metaphor in place (the “G1” does in fact stand for Gibraltar), even if only in the most subtle manner 🙂
Well, I’m telling you with pleasure, these two Reference Line Array stacks, as REL calls them, transform your system in a bit more then a subtle manner.
In the A/V world, I believe subwoofers occupy the space in most folks minds as the speakers that mostly just go boom, when you’re watching a movie.
However, when I think about the height, the depth and the feel of the soundstage in a 2 channel stereo system and how we all want that most accurate image of the live concert replayed in our homes, I have recently learned and experienced that having an accurately setup 2 channel sub base system is exactly what is missing from even the best of 3 way floorstander speakers.
What could be better, JL Audio filling in all the deep base punch in the back of the room, and a stack of 6 REL subs filling in the range of music so that the entire 15 to 120 hz bass comes in natural? These REL G1 stacks provide adjustment in each array of 3 that allow you to specify the range for each. Now all the music coming to you is provided at the different height levels of how they normally reach you and in the most natural way that bass can warm your senses.
I have heard my friend and boss, Ed Masterson speak many times of how it is critical to establish a Reference room that is acoustically optimized and filled with well chosen ultra high end gear. Once you have that reference room, you can then gauge other rooms as to what might be missing or perhaps even superior to your reference room. In our custom built reference room “The Transporter”, I might have thought that the soundstage couldn’t get much better.
See Slideshow below.
Note, regarding the slideshow. The first photo shows the front of the “Transporter” reference room before the REL Audio Sub-base speakers were in place. The JL Audio Fathom 212’s behind the left & right Wilson Alexx speakers are now in the back of the room (not because they’ve been bad), they just serve a different purpose then the REL’s and the JL’s finish the multi-channel system. The next photos show the REL in their Reference Line Array stacks , along with a single sub, and the slides are completed with a couple of iPad photos I shot with the new stacks in place. (Believe me, we are waiting for the Real photographer to capture the awesome, Ed’s wife Erika 🙂
To be continued…
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