February 25, 2012 - The R-528SE by REL Acoustics Ltd. is a “Special Edition” version of the current R-528 and was conceived to provide the user with reference-level sub-bass performance, but in a much smaller enclosure, and at a lower cost. Embodying many of the performance attributes of our legendary flagship model, the Gibraltar G-1 Sub-Bass System, the R-528SE delivers extraordinary performance for the space challenged home theater enthusiast or two-channel audiophile.
This fresh design approach offers superiority in all regards over the standard issue R-528, through improved amplification, upgraded cabinet bracing and driver design. R-528SEstill features both an active front firing and a down firing passive radiator, but using the same custom design carbon fiber 12” active drive unit employed in the G-1. The 12” ABR passive radiator is also of a carbon fiber design. Together, this driver complement produces the equivalent of a 16” driver in an even larger cabinet.
All in all, the R-528SEexcels in drive, extension, ease and musicality wherein its speed mixes with greater body and heft to produce an altogether more profound musical event.Each R-528SE is available in a stunning hand-rubbed gloss piano black lacquer with gloss white available on special order. To further distinguish it from the standard version, the top and side name badges as well as the massive support feet are coated in nickel-plated chrome for a sophisticated high-style appearance.
The R-528SE will be available for shipment in early March 2013.
For over 30 years Sumiko has been manufacturing, importing and distributing the finest music and film-sound components in North America. Sumiko is headquartered in Berkeley, California and maintains its own in-field and sales, training and support staff. Brands represented include Sonus faber, Audio Research, Wadia Digital, Pro-Ject Audio Systems REL Acoustics, SME, Sumiko Phono Cartridges and Okki Nokki. Sumiko is part of The Fine Sounds Group.