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REL Acoustics Classic 98 Subwoofer

REL Acoustics Classic 98 Subwoofer

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  • An Instant Classic

    John Hunter of REL and Kevin Deal have a great conversation about what inspired John to develop the Classic 98 subwoofer by REL. As a throwback design on the outside and a cutting-edge electronics product on the inside, you'll see how this retro-inspired subwoofer is actually a modern bottom-end powerhouse.

REL Acoustics Classic 98 Subwoofer

A symphony of mid-century charm and state-of-the-art technology. With a 10" down-firing pulp driver, 300 W class-D amp, and wireless capability (with optional wireless unit).

In keeping with the ever-growing retro-modern or "newstalgia" movement, REL brings back its mid-century subwoofer design but totally reimagined inside, blending the past’s aesthetics with today’s technological prowess and performance.

Classic 98 stands outside of REL's lines, offering a solution for anyone who owns and loves vintage audio gear, or its modern equivalents such as certain models from Klipsch, JBL, KLH, and more. Classic 98 offers a slightly softer touch, delivering a broad carpet of room-filling bass. While it might trade off just a bit of the speed, clarity, and deepest bass that REL's standard models are known for, it compensates with its inviting warmth.

Classic 98 beckons you to put on a record, pour a cherished drink, recline in a comfortable chair, and relax into the music. Its classic natural walnut veneer and mid-century modern styling complement a wide range of decors. It’s also easy to place and use.

Designed to Warm the Heart

Classic 98 channels the essence of REL's renowned 10” down-firing designs from the late 1990s, with the rich, natural walnut veneer exuding a warmth and authenticity, that's reminiscent of the mid-century stereo gear. a matte background adds a contemporary touch.

The 10” down-firing driver is, crafted using REL's traditional paper cone technique, offering a sound that’s not just powerful, but pure and deeply resonant. Classic 98 plays louder and deeper than historical models, offering an audio experience that marries the reliability and technology of modern RELs with a retro look and sound.

Back in the 90s, offering a 300W amp at an affordable price was a significant challenge. Today, REL has harnessed one of its latest amp designs – a high-current, lightning-fast Class D amp. This modern powerhouse is not only dynamic but also stands as a testament to our commitment to delivering top-tier performance without compromising on affordability.

This powerhouse amp has been paired with REL's High-Level connectivity and modern input filter technology. These filters, with their swift 8 ms response, are intuitive and efficient. REL has incorporated unique versions of the LimitLess™ Limiters and Perfect Filters™, ensuring that Classic 98’s amplifier is a harmonious blend of the modern and the vintage.


Type: Down-firing active driver

Active driver: 10" (250 mm) amended pulp-on-paper inverted cone, steel chassis

Passive driver: None

Low-frequency extension (-6 dB): 27 Hz

Inputs: High-level Neutrik Speakon, Low-level single RCA, LFE RCA

Power output: 300 W RMS

Wireless: HT-Air MKII Wireless or AirShip II, sold separately

Dimensions (WHD): 13.75" x 18.5" x 11.75"

Weight: 40 lb.