It's REL's tradition to take existing models considered to have special merit and imbue it with special characteristics. They are always rare, may even become collectible someday and offer a unique way to enjoy an already special model more deeply. But don’t wait, there are exceedingly few of these available and they will be gone very quickly.
T/9i RED Limited Edition Subwoofer
T/9i RED is what happens when REL asks, “Wouldn’t it be lovely to produce a version of our best-selling T/9i in true Italian red?” (they stopped short of adding yellow graphics with a prancing horse as a badge). To get the hue exactly right required 14 months—they were bent on getting the exact shade of late ‘80’s cars from a certain factory in Italy exactly right because, after all, that is the colour we usually think of when we think of exotic Italian GTs and sports cars. And then they couldn’t stop there because the look had to carry all the way through the design. Which explains the lovely triple-chromed top badge which then required a true carbon fibre bezel surrounding the badge to deliver the necessary transition from chrome to oh-my-goodness deep red.
Elsewhere, things remain the same which is to say it remains the standard setter in this category of affordable powerhouses that can do it all; Power home theatre? Check. Brilliant blend with main speakers for 2-channel performance? Check. The best affordable all ‘rounder just became rarer and more beautiful.
Reimagined, Then Reengineered
A COMPLETELY REDESIGNED FLAGSHIP
T/9i delivers more than just raw output. The lovely cabinets grew by 4 lbs. (1.8 kg) over its predecessor due to thicker cabinet walls and improved bracing. Why? Because the additional speed and impact of the new drivers requires greater control or the benefits can be lost before they get to the listener.
INNOVATIVE ALLOY/FIBRE BASS ENGINES
The new composite alloy/fibre engine in T/9i blends precisely the correct dimension of stiffening alloy with a fibre material chosen for its sonic neutrality and light weight. The combination is brilliant; exceeding the performance of competitors’ drivers that are many times more expensive. The forward-firing 10” active couples with a 10” down-firing passive, again with carefully chosen balances of alloy to fibre and the result is seamless, effortlessly deep bass that blends perfectly with the main speakers.
Great Subs, Great Amps
THE BRAINS BEHIND THE BRAWN
REL's acclaimed input filters and robust amplifiers result in some of the best sounding, most reliable designs ever produced. High current power supplies, huge toroidal transformers, and what many critics call the best filters in the world produce the famous REL Effect—where in not simply the bass region but ALL music and movie sound is uplifted and improved.
Standby Mode switch not included on 110V units.
Zero Compression Wireless
Following on the heels of the acclaimed LongBow™ Wireless, Arrow delivers much of the promise and connectivity of hardwired RELs with the placement flexibility and pure cool factor of great wireless for all of T/i. For a reasonable sum, Arrow gives you the ability to place subs in distant corners, along glass walls, or on hardwood floors where a cable would otherwise destroy the effect.
|TYPE||Front-firing active driver, down-firing passive|
|ACTIVE DRIVER SIZE & MATERIAL||10 in., 250mm long-throw, FibreAlloy™ inverted aluminium dust cap, steel chassis, black cone|
|PASSIVE RADIATOR SIZE & MATERIAL||10 in., 250mm long-throw, inverted aluminium dust cap, steel chassis, black cone|
|LOW FREQUENCY EXTENTION||-6dB at 28 Hz|
|INPUT CONNECTORS||High Level Neutrik Speakon, Low Level single RCA, LFE RCA|
|POWER OUTPUT||300 watts (RMS)|
|AMPLIFIER TYPE||Class A/B|
|WIRELESS CAPABILITY||Arrow (Optional), Zero Compression Single Large Scale Integrated Chip|
|FULLY ELECTRONIC SET SAFE||Yes|
|MAINS INPUT VOLTAGE||220-240 volts, 110-120 volts for certain markets|
|FUSES||3.15 Amp semi delay 230 volts operation, 6.3 Amp semi delay 115 volts operation|
|W X H X D||13 x 15.2 x 16 in. (330 x 387 x 407 mm)|
|NET WEIGHT||41.3 lbs. (18.7 kg)|
|FINISH||High Gloss Red|
|NEUTRIK SPEAKON||Yes (10 Meters Nominal)|
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I was very fortunate to get the last Red T9i at the reduced price from Ceiling Speaker World. It looks fantastic and performs even better. Very easy to set up and integrate into the system, with REL’s two way connections optimised for music and home cinema you have the best of both worlds.
As advertised it’s very fast and powerful but does subtle as well, it seems the trick is to set it up so you really hear it then turn it down till it seamlessly fits in sonically beneath the main speakers. It then somehow really lifts the mid and upper ranges. It looks great, sounds great, what’s not to like :-)