Question REL HT1508 vs JL Audio eSub112 vs Arendal 1723 Sub 2

Which would you Buy?

  • REL HT 1508

    Votes: 7 41.2%
  • JL Audio eSub 112

    Votes: 2 11.8%
  • Arendal 1723 Sub 2

    Votes: 8 47.1%

  • Total voters
    17
  • Poll closed .

Lrehcsa

Active Member
My quest for a dual Subwoofer purchase and ensuing bass Nirvana continues and I think I've narrowed it down to these 3 candidates, eSub and Arendal are discussed at length on here but there doesn't seem to be much love or discussion for the Rel which is a surprise as it seems to get great reviews.

If anyone has any experience of these 3 compared please let me know. Will mainly be used for movies, I've got a ported SVS PC12 Plus Sub at the moment but fancy trying sealed for a change.
 

sebna

Well-known Member
I voted Arendal because I have chosen Arendal (sub 1) for myself. But as I have not considered any of the other two in my research my vote is kind of useless to you :D

Still question was asked so I answered. I am good like that ;)

There were also for sale 2x 18" PSA sealed subs (in this forum). If you can fit one of them I would be buying it. Cheaper then Arendal Sub2 and I am sure more potent.
 

Ultrasonic

Well-known Member
It might be helpful if you shared how you had arrived at that shortlist?
 

Lrehcsa

Active Member
It might be helpful if you shared how you had arrived at that shortlist?
After much reading I came to the conclusion that I think these models are in the sweet spot for price/performance and would be suitable for the room size which is 27sqm
 

Ultrasonic

Well-known Member
After much reading I came to the conclusion that I think these models are in the sweet spot for price/performance and would be suitable for the room size which is 27sqm
Why no PSA or SVS models?

Personally I think the REL and JL models are overpriced compared to rivals, and for movies there are alternatives I'd be inclined to choose over the Arendal Sub 2, due to going deeper.
 

milano j

Active Member
l have a ht1508 along with a T7I in a 20 sqm room actually its in my bedroom/man den home cinema room....the HT1508 has actually moved the king size bed whilst watching a movie a few weeks past,prices of the ht1508 where coming down by £100 last month but they have shot back most likely due to short supply as they are assembled in China,l am contemplating on buying another ht1508 or T9i to replace the T7i l have just now...if your after the fastest bass in town look no further than the HT1508....its rather a handsome looking cube into the bargain especially with the cover off Carbon fibre looks very sexy....cant say that about the rather cheap looking SVS subs....but that's the Americans for ya or as l call SVS subs Gung Ho subs
 

DodgeTheViper

Moderator
It’s only natural that you drool over REL as that’s what you own.
 

DodgeTheViper

Moderator
My room is approximately the same size and I'm planning on going for dual 18s
From experience and preference, and ultimately dependant on you, I’d choose the 15 over the 18
 

Gasp3621

Distinguished Member
@Lrehcsa

Few videos which are more intresting than speaking about specs. Shane liked the Sub2 but said the bass you can feel rather than hear (infrasonics) wasn´t just there. Tight hard hitting bass and also very musical. Sadly Arendal shipped only one which have hard time to wow against PB16U.

Video starts from Sub 2 part:

REL HT1508. These duals did some things better than dual SVS SB3000 he also tested. Clearly it`s same story as with Arendal both start to drop around 20hz, but he said these were one of the best most refined subwoofers he have heard to date and the quality of bass is what separates these from others. Just watch the damn video, it´s only 10min! :D He also reviewed the HT1205 duals, but these were better sounding aswell as better performing clearly. I find these videos enjoyable as Shane has lot of experience with different products and he uses the same movies he knows and won´t keep talking 30min crap of features etc. boring stuff. Short and sweet.

 
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Saul Goodman

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From experience and preference, and ultimately dependant on you, I’d choose the 15 over the 18
Yeh, I remember you what you said when I had the demo at yours. I have been mulling it over and 2 1512's would be eaiser on the wallet and I wouldn't have to raise my screen to fit them underneath. I think REW room sim suggests one rear and one front may well be the best position.

Maybe I should keep my S3600 18" at the rear and buy two new 15" for the front. Cost the roughly the same as trading mine for 2 18" Ipals.

Its the lure of the Ipal drivers though....although the reports of ground hum have me concerened recently! Not sure what to do...

Still waiting for your update on your dual SB300s btw ;)
 

Ultrasonic

Well-known Member
Shane liked the Sub2 but said the bass you can feel rather than hear (ultrasonics) wasn´t just there.
As my name is being taken in vain ( :) ) I'll just mention that you mean infrasonics there: ultrasonic refers to frequencies above the maximum frequency that is audible (nominally 20 kHz) and infrasonic refers to frequencies below the minimum frequency that is audioble (nominally 20 Hz).
 

Gasp3621

Distinguished Member
As my name is being taken in vain ( :) ) I'll just mention that you mean infrasonics there: ultrasonic refers to frequencies above the maximum frequency that is audible (nominally 20 kHz) and infrasonic refers to frequencies below the minimum frequency that is audioble (nominally 20 Hz).
I clearly thought of you when writing it at middle of night. I wonder why.. 😆 🤫 Typo corrected.
 

Owl40

Active Member
I’m weighing up my dual sub options as well. I’m veering towards the REL 1508 although I won’t rush my decision until later in autumn
 

milano j

Active Member

Lrehcsa

Active Member
Why no PSA or SVS models?

Personally I think the REL and JL models are overpriced compared to rivals, and for movies there are alternatives I'd be inclined to choose over the Arendal Sub 2, due to going deeper.
I've had an SVS Sub for the last 12 years and fancy trying something different, I'm sure the PSA are good but they're a bit ugly for a living room plus I can't actually find anyone selling in the UK who has stock.

I think Arendal seem to offer good bang for the buck and the twin drivers appeal plus they are finished nicely for a living room. I like the pedigree of Rel and a 15" driver has to offer something the 12" can't. JL Audio just seems like a nice high end product again with good reviews.

A small Devil on my shoulder is saying just get dual SVS PB-3000's though

You seem pretty knowledgeable on this subject, what would you recommend?
 
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milano j

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Ultrasonic

Well-known Member
You seem pretty knowledgeable on this subject, what would you recommend?
Given you're talking about spending around £4k, and you've now thrown ported subs into the mix as well, my main thought is you ought to be trying to demo something to help inform your decision.

You're right that you're not going to be able to get a new PSA sub quickly, or in fact be sure right now how long you'd have to wait for one.
 

Rickyj at Kalibrate

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You're right that you're not going to be able to get a new PSA sub quickly, or in fact be sure right now how long you'd have to wait for one.
Probably another 2-3months off yet before our stock arrives.
 

Liammonty123

Well-known Member
If sheer spl is the goal, I’d go for the biggest subs you can fit in in positions that offer good response. Maybe wait for some of the newer 18 models that PSA are offering as they seem to be great value, that offer powerful lows and also lots of midbass!
 

milano j

Active Member
l got my REL HT1508 for £1280 from RS...Peter Tyson wasnt far behind in price either a tener actually....l think l am going to try out 2 of them....soon
 

Ultrasonic

Well-known Member
l got my REL HT1508 for £1280 from RS...Peter Tyson wasnt far behind in price either a tener actually....l think l am going to try out 2 of them....soon
The current price seems to be about £1600?
 

milano j

Active Member
The current price seems to be about £1600?
Yeah it was the same price in February £1600,l phoned Peter Tyson then RS beat it...contacted Peter Tyson tonight via a sales enquiry for another 1508 and also for an date of estimated stock of the LX 904...it's either one or the other or a Denon Avcx8500...in need of a bit of retail therapy...lol
 

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