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REL Acoustics Storm III
45 Reviews
rating  4.87 of 5
MSRP  1795.00
Description: System type: Linkwitz-Riley Loaded Cabinet with ABC semi-tone variable bass filter. Amplifier: 150watt rms, 300 peak Inputs High level 100k ohm; Low level 10k ohm; balanced/unbalanced Gain Control Range 80dB 'Set-Safe' protection Speaker and line level inputs Phase and filter by-pass switch Drive Unit: 250mm Long Throw Heavy Duty Cast Chassis


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Stephen Brown a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Just a warning to Storm III owners who bought their subwoofer around 2004 maybe into 2005 or 6. REL has changed the configuration of their amp without notifying owners or calling a rebate. I believe the original amp could be faulty, as mine was, and the new version is considerably better. Beware of driver burn up, rarely seen, and try to get Sumiko to replace the amp before your warranty expires or your amp blows.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Shelleys Woodland Hi



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Stephen Brown a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Be aware that REL, sometime since 2004, has changed it's faulty amp to a modified model, possibly 10x better than the old, without telling it's customers or offering a recall. Had my amp not blown out the drivers 2 weeks before the warranty expiration, I would have had to pay $800 for a new one. It is unheard of for these 4 transistors to just burn up. Though Sumiko was very helpful, it is the only facility in the USA to repair REL as private contractors are not given specifications, for good reason it seems, Therefore if you live far from Berkeley CA you have to ship the amp long distances.

The bad news is I've been listening to an inferior product for three years. The good news is the new Storm III is quite remarkable. However, the integrity of REL is certainly questionable in my mind.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Shelleys Woodand Hil



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shaka a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This sub sounded "right" from the moment I hooked it up. The first thing I noticed was how every CD I played sounded more detailed... I am hearing things in music Ive listened to for 30 plus years that havent noticed before. Not boomy at all! I would recommend this product without hesitation. It does great on movies also. The D-Day scene in Saving Private Ryan was room shaking.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   High Fidelity, Inc



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gear Extremist a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2003

Bottom Line:   
All you audiophiles with derisory budgets, hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear. Please help us, don't help us.

From the wits of Martin Colloms to Alvin Gold down to Peter Walker, Deep Bass Weight is indispensable to absolute sound reproduction. Our experiences with live concerts attest to our analysis. Bass blows your heart out with natural music.

I think !!! the best appropriate design should consists of a very high quality monitor (horn/2-way) and a very high quality subwoofer (like REL). Crossover distortion is minimized to trifling level. To contemplate searching for the most near-perfect midrange quality speakers, delivering bass weight only up to mid/bass level and its consorted subwoofer should take care of the rest. How about adding s super tweeter (from Tannoy). I'm just trying to imagine the superlative outcome of canorous replication.

Break-A-Leg....and just remember, Hopper's afraid of birds.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $1280.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul_Bui a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely agree with Mario. I'd like to add some personal points. I have had two REL Storm IIIs for over 2 years and thought they are pretty good. Well how wrong I was. After a recent upgrade to a better digital source (a state-of-the-art in my opinion), the ModWright 9000ES, I began to realize how impressive a pair of RELs could be. For the first time in my room, with the same amplifiers and speakers and the same CDs, I heard prodigious bass that is fast, tuneful, and impactful. The shaking and growlings of bass notes are all over the room and plesantly give a lot of goose-bumps.

And yes, I spent $$ on better more expensive high level cables, and finally settled with the CAT5 single strand to get that satisfying bass quality. It's no longer a separate lower frequency part of the music; it blends totally with the main speakers so that no one can tell where the bass comes from. I often have to remind myself that the wondeful bass isn't coming from those little HornShoppe speakers, but I frequently fail miserably.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Ambrosia Audio Video




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