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Meet the REL Classic 98

Introducing Classic 98 – a symphony of mid-century charm and state-of-the-art technology. Drawing from the golden age of stereo, this masterpiece is more than just a nod to iconic REL designs; it’s a reimagining, blending the past’s aesthetics with today’s technological prowess and performance.


Classic 98 holds a distinctive place within the REL pantheon. While not a part of any regular line of REL products, instead, it is its very own solution for anyone who owns and loves vintage audio gear, or its modern equivalents that we refer to as retro.

With different aspirations, Classic 98 offers a slightly softer touch, delivering a broad carpet of room-filling bass. While it might trade off a touch of the speed, clarity, and deepest bass that our standard models, like the T/9x, 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 complements a wide range of decors. It’s also easy to place and use. One reviewer aptly dubbed it as “the audiophile‘s ultimate guilty pleasure.”

Designed to Warm the Heart


Classic 98 channels the essence of our renowned 10” down-firing designs from the late 90s. The rich, natural walnut veneer exudes warmth and authenticity, reminiscent of the mid-century stereo gear.

The radiused curve, accentuated by a subtle reveal line, showcases modern craftsmanship while honouring past design. The rear amp panel, with its white gold silk screening and contrasting knobs, evokes memories of the era, while the glossy black logo set against a matte background adds a contemporary touch.

Drive To Survive

The Heart of Classic 98: The 10” down-firing driver, constructed with REL's signature paper cone technique, brings the renowned REL sound to the forefront. The driver, designed to handle the power of the Classic 98, delivers audio that is not only strong, but also clear and resounding. Classic 98 preserves the classic design of our classic models while performing louder and deeper, providing a classic look with modern REL sound and functionality.

Paper Cone Mastery: Hot-pressed, lightweight paper forms the outer 2/3 of the cone. The inner cap is a premium air-dried paper that stiffens the driver, allowing Classic 98 to outperform many of our products from the past. A natural butyl surround produces a gentle, period-correct dynamic that endures.

Unlimited Power Used Wisely

Amplifier Excellence: Back in the 90s, offering a 300W amp at an affordable price was a significant challenge. Today, REL have harnessed one of their 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.

High-Level Connectivity & Filters: This powerhouse has been paired with the High-Level connectivity and modern input filter technology. These filters with swift 8ms response, are intuitive and efficient. And if you were wondering about the old, confusing ABC filters, well, some things are best left in the past!

To further enhance the experience, REL have 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.

Positioned for Distinctive Excellence

Classic 98 bridges the gap between the T9/x and the rest of REL's product selection. It's an ideal sound system for those looking for the classic sound and feel of vintage audio, but with the power and reliability of state-of-the-art engineering. With its accessible price point, the Classic 98 allows listeners to capture the essence of classic stereo with modern performance.

The REL CLASSIC 98 is engineered for maximum power and depth with a sleek, modern design. It offers unparalleled versatility, expertise in music and home theatre, and a full-bodied sound that will bring your entertainment to life. Those who crave the ultimate in home theatre performance will find the REL Serie HT to be the optimal choice, with cutting-edge LFE performance that will bring films to life with cinematic immersion.

Leading the Charge with Wireless

At the heart REL is committed to pushing boundaries. Their wireless technology stands as a testament to this, leading the industry in both innovation and performance. They don’t just prioritise dynamic range; they deliver with zero compression. This dedication results in top-tier sound quality paired with user-friendly operation.

For Classic 98, REL proudly offer two cutting-edge wireless options tailored to diverse needs:

AirShip II
Crafted for the Reference models, AirShip II is a beacon of advanced wireless technology. Operating at 5.8 GHz, it supports both High-Level Connection and .1/LFE, even simultaneously. This ensures peak theatre performance, making it the choice for those who demand the very best.

HT-Air MKII Wireless
A nod to the HT models, the HT-Air MKII offers an elegant and cost-effective wireless solution. Transmitting at 5.8 GHz, it flawlessly conveys either stereo low-level or .1/LFE signals without compression. However, it’s worth noting that High-Level Connectivity isn’t supported with the HT-Air MKII


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