About Rel Acoustics

REL Acoustics, Ltd. of Bridgend, Wales was founded in 1990 by Richard Edmund Lord.   Where common subwoofers rely on amplifying a line level signal, Lord had intuitively realized that the signature of the entire system had to be built forward into a pre-conditioning signal that allowed the sub to disappear into the music. Thus, from almost the very beginning RELs used a special high-level circuit. Many of the basic elements present in modern day RELs began finding their way into production RELs in the later 1990’s.

The modern era of REL began in 2005 when John Hunter and Donald Brody acquired REL. They set about on a comprehensive plan to upgrade and improve every aspect of the products; focusing on reliability, clean styling and robust mechanical construction–a path that continues to this day.


Musicians place no limits on the bandwidth of the music they play.  Strange as it may seem, it’s not only bass instruments that produce low frequencies – many orchestral notes contain low frequency components, which contribute to the defining character of their sound. For pure fidelity to be realized, every part of every note in the music must be reproduced, along with the acoustic signature of the recording space.  


Accurate reproduction of low bass is especially important to film sound tracks. Directors and sound engineers rely on very low bass frequencies to impart the power of action sequences, and the sheer drama of subtler scenes.  In many cases, huge expenditure is lavished on sound tracks to achieve the desired emotional response in the movie goer. Every movie soundtrack has a special Low Frequency Effects channel (LFE), where all the really dramatic bass sounds are stored. But without a properly integrated audiophile sub-bass system, bass frequencies, which took hundreds of man-hours and millions to create, will not be reproduced in full.

REL sub-bass systems can be “tuned” to your system and room, whatever your system’s capabilities and listening room size. This is of enormous benefit, particularly if like many others, your listening room is not perfect. The REL can be positioned to pressurize your listening room below its lowest eigentone and ensure that those previously missing or masked frequencies are heard cleanly and clearly, no false emphasis or boom – you control its sound in your system.

With a REL there is NO compromise. The REL will only add to your already high quality sound. It will never overwhelm, but confidently underpin your main system. It is very likely the most cost effective upgrade you will ever make.