A compact, but powerful REL subwoofer that makes a perfect addition to high-performance home theatre systems.
For when there is simply neither the space nor the need for all the output of a larger HT model. HT/1003 applies the same approach as its impressive stablemate and scales it down by just a little. 10” high-powered, long throw driver and 300W means it has plenty of power on demand. This unit is intended primarily for high powered home theater applications, immersive gaming set-ups, and pairs nicely with active powered loudspeakers. Scaled down design, up-sized performance.
- Closed box, front-firing compact subwoofer delivers a big sound
- Integrates superbly in high-power home theatre setups
- 300W of power from the NextGen5 Class D amplifier
- Long-throw 10" CarbonGlas™ lightweight driver
- Extremely true bass right down to the 20Hz range
- Compatible with REL's HT-Air wireless transmitter
"An outstanding-value home cinema subwoofer. For AVR owners after a compact, affordable bass box that delivers movie mayhem in spades, look no further. If your budget runs higher, a pair of HT/1003s could be a consideration. And for soundbar users looking for a sonic upgrade, you won't get more bang per buck than this."
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REL set out to build the loudest, relatively compact, affordable 10" unit available for pure home theater use. Critics are already lining up for reviews. The HT/1003 is designed to deliver the best bang (quite literally) for your buck when building a home theater system, featuring: crisp cabinet dimensions finished in an attractive, yet purposeful, line grained black aluminum-look and topped by a 12mm thick beautifully polished top that serves to damp vibrations on the critical top surface of the cabinet.
For REL owners already enjoying the Serie T/i or S subwoofers designed for both 2-channel and theater use, the HT/1003 is designed to supplement their system’s .1/LFE output to produce even higher output, adding further depth to special effects to provide a true home theater experience. If you own a REL and want theater to be wildly dramatic, add in an HT (or a few).
The HT/1003 delivers a tough, honest, purpose-built appearance designed to communicate its sole mission; extremely high output home theater at bargain pricing. The cabinet’s width is minimized reducing visual mass, whilst depth is maximized to produce the deepest bass. We selected tough, high-grade, horizontally oriented line-grained composite to wrap the entire cabinet. Easily handled, easily cleaned. Yet, the top surface that one’s eye sees is beautifully finished in 5 coats of hand rubbed lacquer, creating the visual appeal we’ve come to be known for.
REL’s driver prowess is on full display with the HT/1003, a modern 10” CarbonGlas™ (250mm) driver that is both lightweight and extremely stiff. While many competitors drone along with relatively slow, heavy cones HT/1003 uses tough, stiff carbon fibre over 60% of the driven surface, backed by lightweight glass fibre. Naturally, REL uses true high-quality natural butyl surrounds as they remain soft and pliable for decades—something REL owners have come to expect. The new 10” CarbonGlas driver sets a new standard for affordable, high-performance theater-specific drivers.
300 Watts: To accomplish their single-minded goal of exceedingly high output for large-scale theater in a such a compact footprint requires a special amplifier. REL's NextGen5 Class D amplifier frees up interior space whilst running cool; this results in more cabinet volume and that translates into ultra-deep bass despite its modest footprint. 300 watts means the driver is never starving for power ensuring high output, delivered effortlessly in a long-running, reliable design. Within HT/1003’s input filter, REL designed specific inverse filtering to permit their CarbonGlas driver to extend much deeper than conventional designs.
There is wireless and there is REL wireless. REL are well-known for having the finest wireless purpose-built systems in the component audio world. Though HT-Air™ is affordable, it retains the brand's corporate fixation on zero compression and maximum dynamics. HT-Air is designed to leave old-fashioned Bluetooth-based systems in the dust, delivery latency in the 16-20 millisecond range. This permits you to place your HT model wherever it works best for you without resorting to unsightly cables being strewn across the landscape of your living room.
The correct placement of your REL can drastically enhance its performance and transform your listening experience. So, REL Acoustics created a guide to help you get the most out of your subwoofer and showcase how multiple subwoofers can be used to provide breathtaking 2-channel scores and truly theater-quality 3D sound.
REL's home theater-focused Serie HT line is designed specifically to answer the challenge of affordably priced, highly dynamic pure home theater powered subwoofers in a handsome, compact package that makes it easy to tuck a few of these into most environments. The HT/1003 combines a lightweight, modern 10” CarbonGlas™ (250 mm) driver, coupled to a powerful 300W Class D amplifier that runs cool, producing startling dynamics. Internally, they designed specially-adapted home theater input filters that produce extremely flat bass down in the 20Hz range.
"We make subwoofers. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. Nothing to steal our focus. No kidding ourselves that we can be good at everything. No trying to conquer the whole world. We just do our best to conquer our bit of it."
Type: Closed box, front-firing driver
Input Connectors: Dual purpose Low Level stereo RCA or LFE RCA
Power Output: 300 watts (RMS)
Fully Electronic Set Safe: Yes
Dimensions (WxHxD): 318 x 347 x 351 mm