S/5 SHO exceeds the mandate for mid-level models and pushes this model to near reference quality. The S/5 SHO is well-suited for medium to large rooms as the scale is grand, speed is exceptional, and attack and slam is visceral.
SHO or “Super High Output,” is made possible by a new 3-stage limiter REL engineers created after extensive testing revealed that much higher output, gain, and performance could be unlocked. The result is a new design that is capable of more than doubling its predecessor’s output. Specify the S/5 SHO, individually or in a pair, when your system is of exceptionally high-quality and your speakers and room can support high levels of dynamics and bass extension.
For total freedom, go wireless. REL’s optional LongBow permits very fast, uncompressed bass to be sent wirelessly within the same room. LongBow also offers both high-level (or low-level with crossover intact) and .1 channel delivery so that REL Theater Reference performance can be maintained even when using the wireless delivery system.
Available in Piano Black or Piano White finish.
S/5 SHO’s driver features an all-new alloy cone structure that takes REL’s mid-level product to a performance that exceeds their reference products of only a few years ago. By reducing moving mass, with a balanced approach to design, the engineering team was able to produce far more speed than prior designs. By carefully adjusting key parameters, they were able to increase the self-quieting key to a high end component’s ability to resolve space and inner detail.
S/5 SHO uses a special carbon/carbon passive that is stiff, lightweight, and incredibly well-behaved. REL’s approach to passive design results in performance more akin to a variable ratio driver size. On an S/5 SHO, think of it as a sliding ratio design wherein the S/5 SHO begins as an ultra-fast 12” sealed box design and, as more power and deeper bass is demanded, the S/5 SHO gradually morphs into the power and output of a 15” design.
Beyond the proprietary drivers, the performance of a REL is determined by their unique input filters and amplifiers. S/5 SHO uses a simple filter-type that is very fast—about 8 milliseconds in group delay– to cross out unwanted higher frequencies to our driver. This speed and the carefully sorted filters allow for seamless blending of RELs with the main speakers. RELs do not include a high-pass filter to cross-out bass from the main speaker, because to do so would generally produce more unwanted effects than the minor benefits such a design confers.
S/5 SHO’s power amplifier is a powerful NextGen2 550W digital amplifier. This design has powered thousands of RELs and has proven exceptionally reliable and very fast with deep, extended lows—it provides a perfect mate to the new driver.