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REL Acoustics HT/1508 Predator Subwoofer

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The REL HT1508 Predator ™ is the standard bearer for REL’s rapidly growing home theatre-centric range of HT subs designed to emphasize exceptionally high output. Featuring a CarbonGlas™ 15” (380 mm) driver with fully 3” (150 mm) of fore-and-aft stroke, driven by a powerful 800w amplifier. Powerful, whilst remaining relatively compact, Predator is a game changer in the realm of large-scale theatre.


Predator is devastating when used in dedicated high powered home theater applications, but also transforms the serious gamer’s experience and partners beautifully with active wireless speakers for music reproduction. HT/1508 is a unique combination of lightweight, modern 15” CarbonGlas™ (380mm) driver, coupled to a powerful 800W linear power supply amp that runs cool, producing extraordinary dynamics and consumes merely 20 watts at idle. Internally, we developed specially adapted home theater input filters that produce extremely flat bass down into the low 20’s.

REL designed the driver of the 1508 to be light and accurately reactive; theatre sound can and should be at times light, playful, funny and at times terrifying or awe-inspiring. Deep bass that reacts quickly and effortlessly to these changes during a film creates a much more satisfying experience of the medium than typical theatre subs can supply.

As with the entire HT range, Predator’s industrial design wastes nothing on ornamentation for its own sake and delivers a simple, yet satisfying, design that borrows themes of line-grained aluminium contrasting with a sophisticated, polished top surface. Instead of mere feet, Predator uses full depth rails necessary to better cope with the force it produces.

 


At 15” and sporting 3” of fore and aft stroke, the core of Predator’s amazing performance centers around its driver. Film sound and music both benefit from quickness; fast drivers result in accurately tracing music’s peaks or a movie’s explosive special effects with equal facility.

Using a bonded composite of lightweight glass fibre for the cone’s body with an ultra-light carbon fibre center mass, REL’s designers have been able to pare excess weight away. The 1508’s cone weighs far less than the 10” driver of just a few short years ago. And this driver is built to last, with high quality materials throughout such as natural butyl surrounds that won’t dry out and fail like foam surrounds can.

Some may wonder why so much power is needed, but 800 watts RMS loafing along means Predator is rarely stressed. When the scene demands, having more than enough power means that the incredible output levels are delivered safely without risk of damage. The amplifier actually outputs peaks of around 1200 watts which makes for massive output. A traditional power supply is used with a huge 1.2KW transformer coupled to a Class D output stage meaning it runs efficiently. Predator demands only 20 watts of power consumption at idle; so little that most will simply leave it on all the time but when on holiday.

 


TYPE

Closed box, front firing driver

ACTIVE DRIVER SIZE & MATERIAL

15 in., carbon fiber reinforced cone with inverted carbon fiber centre cap

PASSIVE RADIATOR SIZE & MATERIAL

 

LOW FREQUENCY EXTENTION

-6dB at 21Hz

INPUT CONNECTORS

Low Level stereo RCA, LFE RCA, LFE XLR

OUTPUT CONNECTORS

Low Level stereo RCA, LFE RCA, LFE XLR

POWER OUTPUT

800 watts (RMS)

AMPLIFIER TYPE

Class D

WIRELESS CAPABILITY

HT Air Wireless (Optional), Zero Compression Single Large Scale Integrated Chip

Protection System

FULLY ELECTRONIC SET SAFE

Yes

D.C. FAULT

Yes

OUTPUT SHORT

Yes

MAINS INPUT VOLTAGE

220-240 volts, 110-120 volts for certain markets

FUSES

8 Amp semi delay 230 volts operation, 15 Amp semi delay 115 volts operation

Dimensions

W X H X D

19.7 x 18 x 19.4 in. (500 x 457 x 492 mm)

NET WEIGHT

79.4 lbs. (36 kg)

FINISH

Black Vinyl

Supplied Accessories

MAINS LEAD

Yes

NEUTRIK SPEAKON

N/A

INTERCONNECT

No

USERS MANUAL

Yes

In the interest of product development, REL Acoustics Limited reserve the right to vary these specifications without notice.

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