Discover the REL Classic 98 Subwoofer, where vintage elegance meets Modern Technology.

Discover the REL Classic 98 Subwoofer, where vintage elegance meets Modern Technology.
Discover the REL Classic 98 Subwoofer, where vintage elegance meets Modern Technology.

The REL Classic 98 Subwoofer isn’t just a homage to REL’s iconic designs; it’s a complete reimagining of the past’s aesthetics, elevated by the unmatched performance of modern technology.

The REL Classic 98 Subwoofer is a harmonious fusion of mid-century charm and state-of-the-art technology. It pays homage to the golden age of stereo while reimagining and elevating the aesthetics of iconic REL designs with modern technological prowess and performance.

At the core of the REL Classic 98 Subwoofer lies its 10” down-firing driver, meticulously crafted using traditional paper cone techniques. This driver is engineered to handle substantial power and resurrects the vintage REL sound. What it delivers is not just sheer power but a sound that is pure and profoundly resonant. While staying true to the aesthetics of REL’s historical models, Classic 98 goes louder and deeper, marrying the reliability and technology of modern RELs with a retro-inspired look and sonic experience.

The choice of materials for the speaker cone is critical, and Classic 98 excels in this regard. The outer 2/3 of the cone employs hot-pressed, lightweight paper, while the inner cap uses premium air-dried paper. This combination imparts rigidity to the driver, allowing Classic 98 to outperform many of its predecessors. The natural butyl surround further contributes to a gentle, period-correct dynamic response, adding to the nostalgia.

Excellence Amplifier

The amplifier in the Classic 98 represents a significant leap from the 90s. Offering a 300W amp at an affordable price back then was no small feat. Today, the Classic 98 boasts one of the latest amp designs – a high-current, lightning-fast Class D amp. This modern powerhouse is not only dynamic but also a testament to REL’s commitment to delivering top-tier performance without sacrificing affordability.

High-Level Connectivity & Filters

Classic 98 is equipped with High-Level connectivity and modern input filter technology. These filters, with their rapid 8ms response time, are not only intuitive but also efficient. Gone are the days of the confusing ABC filters, as Classic 98 incorporates unique versions of the LimitLess™ Limiters and Perfect Filters™. This ensures that Classic 98’s amplifier seamlessly fuse the modern and the vintage for an exceptional audio experience.

Design Aesthetics: Classic 98’s design is a testament to meticulous attention to detail. Its classic natural walnut veneer and mid-century modern styling harmonize with various interior decors. The radiused curve and subtle reveal line showcase modern craftsmanship while paying homage to the designs of yesteryears. The rear amplifier panel, featuring white gold silk screening and contrasting knobs, evokes nostalgia while the glossy black logo on a matte background adds a contemporary touch.

Wireless Technology Options

REL’s commitment to pushing boundaries is evident in the wireless technology of the Classic 98. It leads the industry in both innovation and performance, prioritizing dynamic range without compression, resulting in top-tier sound quality with user-friendly operation.

Two cutting-edge wireless options:

AirShip II: Designed for REL’s Reference models, AirShip II operates at 5.8 GHz, supporting both High-Level Connection and .1/LFE simultaneously. This ensures peak theatre performance, making it a compelling choice for audio enthusiasts who demand the utmost quality.

HT-Air MKII Wireless: Tailored to REL’s HT models, the HT-Air MKII provides an elegant and cost-effective wireless solution. Transmitting at 5.8 GHz, it flawlessly conveys stereo low-level or .1/LFE signals without compression. Please note that High-Level Connectivity isn’t supported with the HT-Air MKII.

With its attention to design, speaker cone craftsmanship, amplifier performance, and wireless options, the Classic 98 stands as a testament to REL’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of audio excellence.

Product Features: 

Speaker Type: Subwoofer

Frequency Response: 27Hz at -6 dB

Amplifier Power: 300 watts (RMS)

Dimensions: 14 1/4″ w x 33″ h x 20 1/4″ d

Weight: 37.5 lbs

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