REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer Review Roundup

REL HT/1510 Predator II Next to a Couch in the Living Room

The REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer is a powerful and refined addition to any home theater setup. Crafted by REL Acoustics, a renowned name in high-performance audio, this subwoofer is a culmination of innovation, meticulous engineering, and a passion for delivering immersive sound experiences. Designed as a successor to the HT/1508 Predator, the HT/1510 Predator II offers enhanced capabilities that cater to both music enthusiasts and home theater aficionados. In this article, we’ll delve into the features, design, and most importantly, the plethora of reviews that make the HT/1510 Predator II a standout addition to any home theater setup.

Design, Aesthetics, and Construction

Angled view of REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer

The REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer is a harmonious blend of cutting-edge engineering and exquisite craftsmanship. Every detail, from the cabinet to the visuals, has been meticulously considered to ensure an audio experience that complements its surroundings.

  • Cabinet Craftsmanship: The subwoofer’s cabinet is a masterpiece of construction, designed to house the immense power within while exuding an air of sophistication. Crafted with precision, the cabinet measures 21″ x 18″ x 22″ (540mm x 457mm x 494mm), striking a balance between compactness and room-filling performance. This compact form factor allows it to seamlessly integrate into various room setups without overwhelming the space.
  • Visual Elegance: Upon unpacking the HT/1510 Predator II, one is immediately drawn to its stunning visual appeal. The design philosophy extends beyond just audio prowess; it’s about creating a piece that is visually captivating. The grained black vinyl finish lends an air of opulence, while the glossy black top adorned with the REL logo adds a touch of luxury.
  • Woofer Details: At the heart of this subwoofer lies the 15-inch driver, meticulously engineered to deliver exceptional performance. The driver’s construction employs a seamless fusion of glass fiber and a carbon fiber center cap, achieving a balance between lightweight agility and structural resilience. The glass fiber enhances rapid movement, allowing the 3-inch voice coil to maneuver with remarkable speed, while the carbon fiber center cap ensures unyielding integrity, guarding against distortion. This meticulous material selection results in a subwoofer that excels in reproducing precise bass frequencies, embodying REL’s dedication to precision and audio excellence.

John Hunter, the owner of REL Acoustics, emphasizes this design philosophy, stating, “We’re only using as much carbon fiber as we need to really stiffen and tie the driver together. So we get this really pistonic kind of attack to the sound.” This approach results in not just powerful bass but also accurate and articulate delivery.

Main Features

REL HT1510 Stacked in a Living Room

The HT/1510 Predator II isn’t your average subwoofer. It’s a powerhouse of technology and engineering, designed to complement your home theater in the best way possible:

  • 1000-Watt Amplifier: With a substantial 1000-watt amplifier at its core, this subwoofer generates remarkable power, ensuring that the lowest frequencies come to life with a palpable impact.
  • 15-Inch Driver: The driver is where the magic happens, and the HT/1510 Predator II doesn’t disappoint. Combining glass fiber and a carbon fiber center cap, this driver is all about speed, precision, and accuracy.
  • Exceptional Time-Domain Performance: One of the subwoofer’s standout features is its low group delay across the entire bass frequency range. This means that the audio you hear doesn’t linger longer than it should, resulting in tight and well-defined bass notes.
  • Wireless Connectivity Options: REL has thoughtfully provided two wireless options for this subwoofer. The Airship II offers wireless high-level input capability, while the HT-Air™ provides zero-compression wireless transmission with minimal delay (see below for more details).
  • Stackability: With wide rubber-covered rails on the bottom, users can stack up to three Predator IIs using the provided brackets. This stacking capability offers flexibility in system configuration, allowing for tailored solutions in multi-sub setups.

REL HT/1510 Predator II Review Roundup

Below is the consolidation of many REL HT/1510 Predator II reviews.  Due to the sheer volume of reviews, we’ve split this into 4 parts:

Independent Video Reviews

REL HT/1510 Predator Subwoofer Review From Stilblue Home Theater (for some reason I could not get this to preview properly)

Dealer Video Reviews

Written Reviews

  • REL Acoustics HT/1510 Predator II Sealed Subwoofer Review – Audioholics (2022)
    • James Larson from Audioholics: Larson praises the subwoofer’s performance, especially its exceptional time-domain performance and dynamic range. He commends the build quality, aesthetics, and the HT/1510 Predator II’s price, deeming it a solid choice for enthusiasts.
    • Also included in this article are detailed measurements!
  • REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer Review – AVforums (2022)
    • Doug Pyper from AV Forums: Pyper highlights the subwoofer’s versatility for both music and movies. He lauds its ability to handle low frequencies and deliver impact in the higher ranges. The wireless operation and elegant design also leave a positive impression.
  • REL HT/1510 Predator II Sealed Subwoofer Review – Shaking Things Up – AVSforum (2023)
    • Erik Wesley from AVS Forum: Wesley takes note of the subwoofer’s specifications, with a particular emphasis on the powerful amplifier and unique driver construction. He appreciates its design and its seamless integration into music and theater systems.

REL Official Information

Pricing and How to Purchase:

The REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer is available for $1,899.

REL Wireless Subwoofer Connectivity Options:

  • REL Airship II 
    • From REL: “When combined with REL’s newest Airship II, the latest state-of-the-art Texas Instruments ADC-DAC chips and REL’s world-famous High Level Input circuitry, permit Predator II owners to add High Level Inputs driven off one’s main amplifier outputs. When one’s receiver or av processor is set properly, this delivers professional transfer studio sound, sound that delivers rich, full-range sound, at all times. Not the thin strained but once-in-awhile-something-goes-bang sound that annoys in traditional home theater”
  • REL HT-Air
    • From REL: HT-Air is designed to leave old fashioned Bluetooth-based systems in the dust, delivering latency in the 16-20 millisecond range. This permits owners to place their HT/1510 Predator where it works best for them without resorting to unsightly cables being strewn across the landscape of your living room, all while retaining our category-leading super-fast wireless.

Full Specifications:

  • Subwoofer Type: Sealed, Front-Firing
  • Driver Size: 15-inch
  • Driver Construction: Glass Fiber Cone with Carbon Fiber Center Cap
  • Amplifier Power: 1000 Watts RMS
  • Amplifier Type: Class D with Class AB Power Supply
  • Frequency Response: 19Hz – 120Hz
  • Low-Level Input: Stereo RCA Pair, LFE RCA
  • High-Level Input: Neutrik Speakon
  • Wireless Connectivity Options: REL Airship II (High-Level Input), REL HT-Air™ (Transmitter/Receiver Kit)
  • Controls: Level, Crossover, 0/180 Phase Switch
  • Cabinet Finish: Grained Black Vinyl
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 21″ x 18″ x 22″
  • Weight: 79 lbs.
  • Stackable: Up to 3 Units (Tower Configuration)
  • Warranty: 3 Years (Parts & Labor)
  • MSRP: $1,899.99

REL HT1510 Predator II Sub Back View

Is This the Right Subwoofer for You

For those seeking a subwoofer that marries power and precision, the REL HT/1510 Predator II Subwoofer is a strong contender. With its elegant design, compact form, and wireless options, it caters to both audio enthusiasts and home theater aficionados. As John Hunter notes, “This is the piece for really large power home theater.” The HT/1510 Predator II offers an exceptional audio experience, promising to transport you deep into the heart of your favorite movies and music.  In the realm of home theater audio, the Predator II stands as an AVS Top Choice for 2023, delivering a symphony of sound that captures every nuance and emotion.  As always, let your ears and personal experience be the ultimate judge when deciding if this is your next sub.  Many reputable online dealers and local dealers will offer either a demo or a trial period.

REL HT150 Predator II in front of brick wall

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