KLIAVS 2019: Solid, compact power from REL

Though compact for a super sub the REL HT/1508 Predator is immensely powerful.
Though compact for a super sub the REL HT/1508 Predator is immensely powerful.

One of the many latest subwoofers from REL, Britain’s foremost expert and producer of subwoofers, is the HT/1508 Predator, a design at home for both music and HT application but is best operated as a home theatre unit for optimum performance.

The largest of a three unit series the HT/1508 Predator features a 15 inch proprietary CarbonGlas woofer driven by a powerful 800-watt class D power amplifier that is capable of generating up to 1,200 watts of power at peak demands.

The cabinet that houses both the massive drive unit and the amplifier is heavily braced on both sides.

The side bracings are also intended as support for the hefty bass drive unit keeping both enclosure and speaker as inert as possible.

Measuring 500mm wide x 457mm high x 492mm deep the HT/1508 Predator weighs 36kg. That is quite hefty for a subwoofer of such comparatively compact dimensions.

At the rear panel, connectors include stereo RCA as well as XLR type sockets for inputs as well as outputs.

The XLR type output also allows the HT/1508 Predator to be stacked (up to three) for a super powerful subwoofer operations.

To ensure optimum ease in connection, the HT/1508 Predator also features its proprietary HT Air Wireless connection between its input and the output of the AV receiver or processor.

REL claim that properly set-up, the HT/1508 Predator is capable of producing an essentially flat response all the way down to 21 hertz with maximum variation of no more than – 6 db.

The extensive range of REL Acoustics subwoofers may be auditioned at the coming KL International AV Show 2019, July 26 – 28 at the Banquet Room, Level 3 Vistana Hotel.

For more details, call CMY Audio & Visual Sdn Bhd at 03-21439406.

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Dick Tan is one of the longest serving member of the audio-video industry having spent close to 45 years in it. Tan started in the mid 70s working in audio showrooms and writing for fledgling audio magazines in the country.

“I have been through turntables to open reel and cassette tape decks to amplifiers and speakers in that golden era of hi-fi to the sophistication of today's digital audio and AV components such as Bluray and UHD Bluray discs players to streamers and beyond. In the end they all have one common goal … to achieve audio and video in the best, most efficient way possible.”

The other 'hat' that Tan wears, at least once each year, is that of the organiser of the AV Show which started in 1994. The KL International AV Show has been consistently held every year since for the last 26 record breaking years.