Stacking subwoofers


I have a REL Carbon Special. Due to my room, it’s behind me in a corner with my speakers in front of me. I have the opportunity to buy two extra REL Carbon Special. I’ve been looking into line array… but I can’t place a stereo pair (the so called sixpack). Is it even worth the hassle to for from 1 to a stack of 3? Or should I focus on a REL 31/32 instead?



Sub stacking is a bit of a goofy phenomenon observed in some videos these days. Don’t get inspired by such videos and waste too much cash in that manner.

Depending on your room, setting up a single sub near-field (you may even be able to set your whisky glass on it) and some positional eq could nullify the need for additional subs (at times), i.e., when you are optimizing for a solitary listening spot.

You could also get discrete in-wall/ in-ceiling subs at the right locations. But, modifications to some simple dry wall and in-wall wiring can be extremely scary (terrifying) for some audiophiles.

Since both your speakers and your Bass Speaker are -6dB sub bass systems their low frequency roll off is so dramatic its likely neither will excite your rooms standing wave bass modes regardless of where they're located. This opens the door for almost limitless positioning scenarios.

Regardless of how many or which models you choose the delicate sub sonic low frequency found more and more in todays recordings will be rolled off somewhere in the thirties. Those six packs certainly look menacing don't they? 

I had a 9K REL Studio III "SUB-BASS SYSTEM" in my house for two days. Beautifully made British cabinetry. 

Just to put things into perspective, I've owned dual JL Audio F110s with the CR1 crossover, dual JL Audio F112 v2, HSU, Martin Logan, dual REL Carbon Specials, REL G1 mk IIs and I currently use dual REL No. 32s subwoofers. I originally loved the REL Carbon Specials, but after a couple of months I was bothered by their down firing passive radiator and sold them. All rooms and systems are different, so the down firing passive radiator may not bother you. Based on my preferences and experience I would get a No. 31 or 32 in lieu of getting a stack of REL Carbon Specials. Of course it's just my opinion. 

FWIW one scenario I’ve found stacked subs to offer potential benefit (as opposed to the aforementioned careful placement throughout a listening area) is that in which sub(s) must handle higher frequencies ( > 80 Hz ) if the mains will not.

If that scenario is not yours, then stacking subs in a line array approach should only only offer the benefit of each sub having less volume (excursion) demanded of it - that could be helpful for a single sub that distorts on bass-heavy tracks.