Rel S series work best (IMO) when connected to speaker outputs. I have a Storm III, and Storm I; both very musical. Search on "Rel" and you'll find many many endorsement of the Rel Strata III and Storm III. the Strata III can be found used for under $1000, the Storm III may cost a little more than $1000.
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Thanks. Everyone seems to love the REL's. I have not seen one up close yet, but from the picture I'm looking at I can't tell if the inputs are speaker level or line (pre-out). I am sure based on Bdgregory's post that they accept speaker wire input, though I'm not sure b/c I know there is a way to convert a speaker out to a line out. Could someone please confirm that these inputs accept speaker wire? Thanks.
Ok. A little more research and I found my answer on the REL website:
A. It is helpful to know that you will almost always connect the REL to the input on the rear panel labelled "Hi Level." This connection is made using the supplied cable, the bare leads of which connect to the speaker output terminals of the power amplifier (red to the amplifiers primary right speaker red terminal, yellow to the amplifiers primary left speaker red terminal and black to one of amplifiers primary speaker black terminals (not both)). The easy connection at the REL is completed with a Neutrik Speakon connector. The purpose of connecting to the speaker output terminals is one of the unique secrets of RELs success. By connecting to the RELs High Level input from the amplifier, you build forward the sonic signature of your main system, including the tonal balance and timing cues. In this way, the REL shares the signal that is fed to the main speakers.
Here's a few more for you to consider
ACI FORCE And Titan Subs
Adire Rava II
Acoustic Vision MRS-10
Acoustic vision Subwoofer Complete Kits series
Rocket UFW-10 Subwoofer
VR-S/1 High-speed MiniSub personally I think the Q is too high on this sub. Thought I would list it anyway.
Here's a website that may help you along the way Subwoofers.org
I just wanted you to know there are other great subs out there besides Rel.