Bass is the foundation for re-creating an articulate soundstage. You may say you don't want or need low bass in your system, but by purchasing those small monitors that do not offer real bass extension, you are actually doing a dis-service to your midrange and high frequencies!
Quite literally... bass is the stage on which all the other frequencies "dance." Think about it... it's pretty tough to dance on a stage that flexes and moves with each step, right? If the stage is solid and strong, it's easier to dance more fluidly, right? Audio frequencies act very much in a similar fashion. The midrange and high frequencies will "dance" on top of the bass frequencies. If those bass frequencies are not reproduced in a solid way, it causes the other frequencies to lose focus as well. Unfortunately, the vast majority of full-range loudspeakers are incapable of reproducing solid, articulate bass down to the lowest frequencies that may exist on your recordings. Where your speakers begin to roll off, that's where a properly dialed-in subwoofer comes in to create midrange magic!
That's where REL sub bass systems come in.
REL subwoofers deliver deep, dynamic bass, without over-powering the rest of your system. Whether you need a small REL T-1 for a small room, or several Britannia subs to create the ultimate home theater / home audio room, REL has a subwoofer to suit your needs.
I've heard subwoofers before and they all sound boomy...
Then you weren't listening to a properly dialed in subwoofer! Many times audio stores will turn up the bass a little too much when they demo subwoofers... they want you to "feel" the bass because they figure... if you feel the bass, you'll dig it. This is not what we're after in home audio! We want to supplement the very bottom octave... not blow it out of proportion so that all you hear is "BOOM BOOM BOOM." If your subwoofer is properly-calibrated, you shouldn't even notice you HAVE a subwoofer... until you turn it off.
Let's look at an example. Say you have a speaker with a low frequency range of 30Hz... pretty low, right? The problem is... when most speakers claim a frequency repsonse of 30Hz... that's well after the decibel level has begun rolling off... so that 30Hz frequency will be a few dB lower than the other frequencies.
In order to maintain a flat frequency response all the way down to 20Hz, we need a subwoofer that is first and foremost capable of producing that frequency, and secondly can be crossed over so that the subwoofer stops at the same frequency where your main speaker begins to pick up... thus creating a frequency response decibel level that is relatively constant.
Room size, shape, and even the furniture in your room will impact how much bass you'll hear. Smaller rooms simply cannot support the lowest bass frequencies. For smaller rooms, larger subs can be a burden. Conversely, a small sub in a very large room may not make any impact at all, simply because it is not big enough to pressurize the room properly. There are many factors that go into picking the right subwoofer... power and woofer size are just the beginning!
Uncle Kevin... I love my subwoofer, but I have my home theater and two-channel system in the same room... and I can't seem to use the subwoofer for both!
You can with a REL subwoofer! All REL subwoofers offer speaker-level inputs that connect directly to your amplifier's speaker output taps. This is the optimal way to use a subwoofer for two-channel music as it makes sure your REL is receiving the exact same signal as your speakers.
Additionally... REL subwoofers have what's called an "LFE" input. That's the single RCA input that you use to connect the sub to your home theater's subwoofer output. LFE is a completely separate channel in a multi-channel recording that pumps up some of the bass frequencies... this is what makes the room shake when a rocket blows up a tank. REL subwoofers can use BOTH inputs at the same time... giving you all the bass from both your movies and your music! The end result is simply astonishing.