REL Habitat 1 Wall Mountable Subwoofer

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REL Acoustics, the venerable UK subwoofer manufacturer, has launched the Habitat1, a subwoofer that looks to break into new ground by offering rock-solid wireless connectivity with a décor-friendly design that can be hung on-wall or tucked behind a sofa.

Unlike most subwoofers, which are just… well, squares, the Habitat1 is a sleek rectangle. In fact, it’s a pretty thin rectangle at only 4.5 inches deep. The Habitat1’s unique design allows you to hang the unit right on the wall. Hang the Habitat1 on a variety of wall structures, including masonry or brick walls, modern sheet rock and stud construction. If you don’t want to hang the sub on a wall then you can place it anywhere in your room—even behind a sofa—with an optional stand.

The sleek-looking sub is a sealed design. It features two front-firing 6.5 inch active woofers and one 10 inch rear-firing passive radiator. The rear panel of the sub features High Level, .1/LFE, and Low Level inputs. Dual 6.5 Inch Front Firing Active Woofers For those familiar with REL’s philosophy on subs, REL says that you can run the High Level and .1/LFE inputs concurrently to permit what they call the “REL Reference Theater operation” that REL claims re-establishes consistent, full range bass in addition to special effects bass. Rear 10” Passive Radiator ​The top of the unit contains all the manual dials and switches you’d expect in a traditional sub. There’s a variable Hi/Low Level dial and an independent .1/LFE Level dial. For phase adjustment, you can select either 0 or 180 with the flip of a toggle switch.

Controls on the top of the Habitat1 Subwoofer Specs and looks aside, the real selling point of the sub it its wireless operation. The Habitat1 works in conjunction with a wireless transmitter that REL has termed “Longbow”. The Longbow transmitter mirrors the connectivity options on the sub itself with High Level, .1/LFE, and Low Level inputs. Longbow will also transmit both the High Level and .1/LFE signals concurrently.

REL Longbow wireless transmiter transmits the signal with zero compression. Many wireless solutions compress a signal first to make it smaller to transmit and then have to decompress it on the other end. This compression/decompression of the signal along with any latency in the wireless signal has the potential to cause timing delays. With the chip they are using, REL claims they have solved the potential fidelity and timing issues. Eliminating compression, it maintains the fidelity of the source signal and minimizes latency, which both of which have plagued wireless speaker designs in the past. In case you’re wondering, the effective distance for the Longbow is a maximum of 50 feet with a clear line of sight and 30 feet if you’re transmitting through a standard sheet-rock wall. REL claims that setup of the Habitat1 and Longbow is a snap with automatic pairing. All you need to do is plug in both the Habitat1 and Longbow within 30 seconds of each other and the two auto-pair with each other. That’s pretty simple...


Habitat1 Subwoofer

  • Low Frequency Response: 30Hz at -6dB in room
  • Input Impedance: High-Level, 150k ohms; Low-Level, 10k ohms; .1/LFE, 10k ohms
  • Gain Control Range: 80dB Power Output: 150 Watts (RMS)
  • Phase Switch: 0 or 180 degrees
  • Amplifier Type: Class D
  • Protection System: Fully Electronic SET-SAFE; D.C. Fault; Output Short AC Input Voltage: 100-240V Fuse: 3.16A for 120V operation
  • Power Consumption: 16.3 Watts for 120V operation; when power switch is turned off, unit draws no power
  • Dimensions (WHD): 25" wide, 16" high, 4.5" deep
  • Net Weight: 50 lbs

Longbow Transmitter

  • Input Impedance: High-Level: Input Impedance: High-Level, 150k ohms;
  • Low-Level, 10k ohms; .1/LFE, 10k ohms
  • Wireless Output Power: 11 dBm Power Input Voltage: 9V DC, 5.5 mm circular connector, positive center
  • Power Consumption: 600 mW
  • Dimensions: 6" wide, 2" high, 6.5" deep






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