REL Acoustics Carbon Limited Subwoofer
The new (and limited edition!) Carbon Limited is based on the S/5 SHO with elements of the G1 Mark II and 212/SE. If you're considering an S/5 SHO, this is well worth the slight jump in price. See what John Hunter of REL has to say about it:
REFERENCE SOUND, SMALLER SIZE
REL wondered what might be accomplished if it shoehorned the Reference driver into a standard cabinet. Might it be able to deliver something special for systems where space was at a premium? To keep up with it, REL would need its highest output passive driver and plenty of power to drive it all.
REL began with its finest 12” driver, the ultra-longstroke G-1MKII carbon fibre driver, noted for its speed and purity. To keep up with its dynamics, it fitted the light alloy passive from our 212/SE driven by the 550 watt amplifier from the S/5 SHO, here with a few more jewels of output. The heavyweight 30mm-thick cabinet, borrowed from the hugely successful S/5, is REL's most advanced standard cabinet, with hardwood bracing employed extensively throughout its interior to quiet unwanted vibration. Turning to the visual presentation, true triple chrome-plated hardware was used for the exclusive top badge and matching feet which reflect their surroundings, while polished stainless T-304 steel handles complete the ensemble. Carbon Ltd. embodies all of REL's modern capabilities in a single, compact form.
In the end, REL has achieved something special, but only available in limited quantities because many of the processes needed to build Carbon Ltd. do not lend themselves to large scale production.
Closed box, front-firing active woofer
ACTIVE DRIVER SIZE & MATERIAL
12 in., 300mm long-throw, carbon fibre cone with inverted carbon fibre centre cap
PASSIVE RADIATOR SIZE & MATERIAL
12 in., 300mm Continuous CastAlloy™ cone structure, cast chassis
LOW FREQUENCY EXTENTION
-6 dB at 20Hz (in Room)
High Level Neutrik Speakon, Low Level stereo RCA, LFE RCA, SMA for wireless antenna
550 watts (RMS)
NextGen2 Class D
Longbow (Optional), Zero Compression, Individual discrete D/A and A/D Encoders
W X H X D
17.5 x 18 x 20 in. (444.5 x 455.5 x 507 mm)
78.4 lbs. (35.6 kg)
Piano Black Lacquer, 8 coats