Does anyone have any experience with the REL T9 subwoofer and the Manepan 1.7? Or perhaps just a T9 with another speaker. I'm looking for something fast enough to keep up with the Maggies. Thank you in advance!
I dont have Maggies but I know REL make a good product. I went for the Velodyne DD-10+. See http://www.avguide.com/forums/subwoofer-integration
I put the sub behind the listening area, right behind the back of the couch. That way I can 'tune' the arrival of bass to blend with the maggies lightning fast response. Adjusting the phase of the sub also helps. It doesnt much matter what you get. IMO, the sub amp is the most important piece. Get a good amp like a Crown, with a kilowatt or two. I prefer the sub not having the amp built in (plate amp). I also move my maggies up towards the listening spot for critical listening. Better blending of bass.
Maggie MMG's (modded), Squeezbox Transporter, Emotiva XPA-2, HSU Research sub, Sub amp - Crown, MSB Link DAC lll, Bottlehead Quickie preamp (modded), JPS Labs Digital powercord, MIT Z-cord, JPS Labs Ultraconductor 2 interconnect and speaker wire
I owned 1.6's for many years and found the REL Storm sub to be the only sub I ever heard with Maggies that was truly seamless (i.e., couldn't identify the sub as separate source of sound). Though dated, my experience is that Maggie + REL is stellar. Do note, however, that TAS' JHb used JL subs with his 20.1s.
Does anyone have any experience with Velodyne Optimum series?
Tbop Dont think you can go wrong.
I am using a Rel 305 with the Magnepan. Integration has been difficult, but I am finally happy with the set-up. The woofer is positioned just to the left and a little back from the left speaker pannel. Crossover is set at about 30hz and the volume control is about 10 o'clock. The sub-woofer is essentially invisible when playing acoustic music (classical, jazz, etc), but the bass gets too strong with some music containing amplified bass.
I have 2 pairs of MMGs (stereo setup) driven by a Sunfire Theater Grand Amp (200x5). I have a Sunfire subwoofer that runs through the preamp external processor loop.
The Maggies are 10 years old - broken in and in their prime. They sound great for 99% of the material I run though them without the subwoofer. P. J. Harvey's album - "To bring you my love" is especially hard on the Maggies.
That said with the sub barely there [low sub volume] and using the Sunfire I/O crossover, they sound better. I'd recommend this setup to anyone.
Will your Stereo retailer let you borrow a floor model REL T9 subwoofer for a closed day, to test it out. Nothing like a test drive. Most of these shops are closed Mondays. Sometimes a store will get a demo model shipped from the manufacturer or middleman to make a sale, especially if you are a good customer.
I am extremely satisfied with my 1.7's and my Rythmik F12 crossing at 45 for music and 65 for theatrical