|Woofer||4" with Ferrite Magnet, Polypropylene Cone, Cast aluminum frame|
|Tweeter||1" Silk Dome, Ferrite Magnet|
|Frequency Response||85-25,000 Hz ± 3db|
|Nominal Impedance||4 ohms|
|Sensitivity||90 db SPL @ 1 watt, 1 meter distance|
|Recommended Power||25-125 watts (Please note the following: this rating is for use above 100 HZ. Amplifiers of higher power can be used if care is taken not to operate them at maximum volume)|
|Crossover Frequency||2,500 Hz|
|Crossover Slope||6 db/octave (First Order)|
|Crossover Parts||Air core coil, Polypropylene capacitor, Gold Plated binding posts|
|Tuning Method||Compression Guide™|
CG24 Center Channel
RSL Speedwoofer 10™
RSL Speedwoofer 10™ Amplifier
|System Resonance||72 Hz|
|Dimensions||H: 10 1/2" W: 6" D: 6 3/8" (Without grill 6 1/8")|
The goal of any great home theater system is realism: For you to be able to close your eyes and visualize all of the movie’s action around you. Or, in the case of music to feel as if you were actually at the concert, where every detail is distinct. In the past, few people could afford a system of this quality. The RSL 5.1 Home Theater System is a breakthrough in the cost of home theater perfection.
There are 3 reasons why we’re able to do this: You buy directly from us, eliminating dealer and middleman’s profit, which typically saves you half. Then there’s our exclusive Compression Guide Technology (CGT) and finally the quality of our parts.
This 5.1 system is technically a compact system. With our exclusive CGT it provides a sound field that’s larger than most floor-standing speakers. The system includes 4 easy to place RSL CG4 speakers. They can be wall-mounted or placed on stands or shelves. The RSL CG24 Monitor center channel makes dialog crystal clear. The Speedwoofer 10 blends perfectly in the system. Its CGT produces smoother, faster bass with plenty of room-shaking power (375 watts RMS). And the Speedwoofer includes wireless remote control of volume and crossover frequency. You won’t have to get up whenever you need to adjust the bass balance. Other subwoofers that offer this feature cost more than our entire system and don t have the bass detail that the Speedwoofer 10 does.
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- Woofer: 4" with Ferrite Magnet, Polypropylene Cone, and Cast aluminum frame
- Tweeter: 1" Silk Dome, Ferrite Magnet
- Frequency Response: 100-25,000 Hz ± 3db
- Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
- Sensitivity: 88 db SPL @ 1 watt, 1 meter distance
- Recommended Power: 25-125 watts (Please note the following: this rating is for use above 100 HZ. Amplifiers of higher power can be used if care is taken not to operate them at maximum volume)
- Crossover Frequency: 2,500 Hz
- Crossover Slope: 12 db/octave
- Crossover Parts: Air core coil, Polypropylene capacitors, Gold Plated binding posts
- Tuning Method: Compression Guide™
- System Resonance: 72 Hz
- Weight: 9 lbs.
- Dimensions: H: 10 1/2" W: 6" D: 6 3/8" (Without grill 6 1/8")
CG24 Center Channel
- Woofers (2 are used)
- Woofer: 4" with Ferrite Magnet, Polypropylene Cone, Cast aluminum frame
- Tweeter: 1" Silk Dome, Ferrite Magnet
- Frequency Response: 85-25,000 Hz ± 3db
- Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
- Sensitivity: 90 db SPL @ 1 watt, 1 meter distance
- Crossover Frequency: 2,500 Hz
- Crossover Slope: 6 db/octave (First Order)
- Crossover Parts: Air core coil, Polypropylene capacitor, Gold Plated binding posts
- Tuning Method: Compression Guide™
- System Resonance: 68 Hz
- Weight 13 lbs.
- Dimensions: H: 16" W: 6" D: 6 3/8" (Without grill 6 1/8")
RSL Speedwoofer 10™
- Frequency Response: 24-180 Hz ± 3db
- Woofer: 10” Cast Aluminum Frame, Massive Ferrite Magnet Structure, rubber surround
- Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
- System resonance: 18 Hz
- Weight: 64 lbs
- Dimensions: H: 16 1/2” W: 16 1/2” D: 17 1/4” (Not including spikes)
- Feet and Spikes: 4 spikes for carpeted floors and 4 plastic feet for hard floors supplied.
RSL Speedwoofer 10™ Amplifier
- Power: 375 W RMS @ 4 ohms
- Distortion: <1% at rated power
- Class A/B Full analog amplifier and power supply
- Volume and Crossover Frequency: 40-170 Hz-variable by wireless remote control
- Crossover slope: 12 db
- Crossover Low Level Out: 100 Hz 12 db/Octave
- Crossover Hi Level Out: 100 Hz 6db/Octave
- Auto On: Activated by audio signal, shuts off after 20 minutes with no signal
- Phase control – 0o or 180 o Switchable
- Power draw auto on (no signal input): 20 watts
- Power draw standby mode: 14 watts
- Power Input: 115V, 60Hz, 230V 50/60Hz AC
- Fuse 115V: T8.0AL
- Fuse 230V: T4.0AL
This is absolutely the best sounding set of speakers I have ever owned. Review by Charlie
"I recently purchased the RSL 5.1 theater speaker system for home theater/music listening. This is absolutely the best sounding set of speakers I have ever owned. The surround effect is very realistic, and listening to music is a real pleasure. I'm an amateur audiophile at best but the range that this system produces is amazing and when the bass kicks in you really feel it! The fit and finish on everything I received is top-notch, I'm a woodworker by trade and I know high quality finish when I see it. It was a pleasure doing business with the people at RSL, everyone is courteous, professional, they know their product and their business, and they were very accommodating with me when I returned some unused stands and brackets. I would give this system and my whole experience with RSL 5 stars, highly recommended. Thanks!
Thanks again for everything,
Charlie" (Posted on 5/17/13)
I got the RSL 5.1 system Review by James McTeigue
Usually I d be pretty suspicious of all 5 star reviews for a product I was going to buy. Well, I got the RSL 5.1 system and now I understand what everyone was waxing lyrical about. These speakers are incredible, plain and simple. Thanks RSL.
(Posted on 8/5/12)
RSL CG system Review by Bob
Years back I have had Martin Logans, Dahlquists, JBL speakers but I don t think any have given me more enjoyment than your RSL CG system. They have exceeded my expectations. I m totally satisfied...
I don t think I ve ever had a speaker set up that integrated the sub woofer as well as these. Just great.. Glad your company is back.. (Posted on 6/21/12)
Speedwoofer Review by Brett
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your time and professionalism with me with my RSL order. I must tell you how pleased I am with my 5.1 system! I have had other more expensive systems in the past, Polk, Bose, Klipsche, and Yamaha. None of these systems even come close to the flawless clarity of these speakers!The beautiful piano finish is so exquisite. And the unbelievable deep base of the Speedwoofer way surpassed my expectations! I combined the RSL 5.1 system with my Marantz SR7005 and watched Avatar on Blue Ray, the experience is comparable to ANY high-end home theater system. I am so pleased and I thank you for making such amazing speakers! (Posted on 6/7/12)
what a wonderful gift Review by Nathaniel
I have had my RSL speakers for 4 months now, and the only reason I have not written a testimonial before now is because I have been too busy spending hours on end enthralled in front of my home theatre. I do not pretend to be an audiophile, or particularly knowledgeable when it comes to audio equipment, but I do know that the ear to ear grin I got when first listened to your speakers (Beethoven s 9th) is enough to tell me that I have a superior product in my home. All of the terms that people throw out when talking about high end audio that I took for marketing nonsense suddenly began to make sense. Every time I sit to watch a movie or listen to music I think of what a wonderful gift you have given me in your speakers. But what really separates RSL from anyone else is the unbelievable customer service your company provides. I believe you guys are truly in the business because you are passionate about what you do and not for profit, and I can honestly that I have never had a better buying experience in my life. RSL will be the only speakers I ever intend to buy, ever, which I think says more then anything else. (Posted on 4/9/12)
the best purchase I ve ever made. Review by Mike
To break in the speakers I had run a 25 hertz tone through them over night for a couple of nights. This pretty well broke in the woofers but apparently not the tweeters. When I set them up for some serious listening there was still a nasty stridency in the upper midrange. That had me worried.
After playing full-range music through the speakers for a couple of days while at work -- as you recommended -- that nastiness disappeared. The speakers now sound just as the reviewers had said, and as I had hoped. The balance is pretty much perfect and, like expensive studio monitors, the RSLs reveal differences between recordings that I hadn t heard with my previous speakers.
I m building a collection of blu-ray opera and jazz recordings (good recordings are still pretty scarce) and these speakers, along with my NAD receiver, provide just the kind of musical experience I was looking for. There definitely is something to your Compression Guide tuning. The midrange sounds remarkably natural and balanced -- neither forward nor recessed.
I m amazed at how full the bass sounds, even without a subwoofer. I played them most of one evening without the subwoofer and the RSLs sounded surprisingly balanced and complete. I had to check a couple times to make sure the subwoofer was still turned off. Turning on the subwoofer only added that bit of floor shake that had been missing at the bottom.
I ve auditioned and purchased many speakers during my several decades of fascination with hi-fi, home audio and home theater. Considering the price and value, the RSLs are easily the best purchase I ve ever made. (Posted on 4/4/12)
ecstatic Review by Murray
I wanted to let you know I have set up the two front speakers and the sub woofer and had to test it out, I just couldn t wait for all 4 speakers to be wired up. I listened to a live DVD concert of David Gilmour with Dolby 5.1 surround selected and I was completely blown away. I hurried and put in a Blu-ray movie, Superman Returns (excellent music sound track and a few good rumbling scenes) and before I knew it, I had watched the whole movie simply because I was drawn into the sound. One scene where Superman s meteorite is rumbling past Ma Kent s house shook her house, and shook mine too!
I also wanted to say I enjoyed reading the entire RSL Owner s Manual, maybe the only time I ve ever read an entire manual in my life. I also had a friend over to check out the speakers tonight. His comments were nothing but the highest praise. He even made specific mention that even though he see s the speakers, he doesn t hear sound coming directly from the speakers, and how impressed he was by the wall of sound he was experiencing. He also couldn t believe the quality of the subwoofer, he even got down close to see if the bang of the movie was coming from that specific box, since it flowed so smoothly with the rest of the sound.
I am more than ecstatic using these speakers, and I can t thank you enough. (Posted on 4/2/12)
best Review by Mark & Susan
Here is the best way I can describe my satisfaction, and, then my wife s satisfaction with the speakers:
When I first used them, I decided to put on an Eric Clapton DVD to see how everything sounded. I really wanted to listen to only one song but I couldn t stop listening. I did manage to grudgingly get myself back to my work after I had listened to half the disc. Obviously, the speakers were great.
Now, for my wife. First, I told her to listen to the first 10 minutes of Beverly Hills Cop III. I didn t think it was such a good movie, nor did she, but she insisted on watching the whole movie. The movie sound was certainly attention grabbing. Then, we listened to a Barbra Streisand DVD. Her voice was coming smack-dab (as we used to say in the South) out of her mouth and was as beatiful as if we were there. But, alas, again, we couldn t stop watching until the disc had finished.
I appreciate all of your help and advice on the speakers and the setup. (Posted on 3/19/12)
very impressive Review by Tom
This is a very impressive "speaker system", not just 6 speakers but an integrated set of 4 surrounds, a center speaker, and a terrific subwoofer. They all blend together to give excellent clarity and realism to a variety of music and Blu-Ray movie sound tracks. These speakers quickly became the heart of my sound system which consists of an Onkyo Tx-SR875 A/V receiver, 52" Samsung HDTV, and an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-Ray DVD player. Their beautiful gloss black finish and grills look quite nice with surrounding furniture and decor items. Adds an unsuspecting plus to the purchase.
Saw an ad in Home Theater magazine which lead to my call with Howard Rodgers. He agreed to send me the center speaker first (freight free)to try out. Immediately heard the improvement (as did my daughter and two friends) between it and the existing KEF # HST-HTC-5001z center speaker purchased in 2008. Proceeded to order the rest of the speakers.
I used RSL s suggested 100 hz crossover frequency so the subwoofer didn t sound distinguishable, set the A/V receiver to neutral and ran a good quality RCA cable to the LFE input. Note also that all other speakers have good quality and size speaker wire terminal nuts that are easy to get to, unlike many small speakers on the market. Making set-up much easier.
Had a problem with humming noise from the subwoofer and called Howard for his thoughts since all options in “trouble-shooting” section failed to solve the problem. One suggestion was to try a 2 prong adaptor plug on their grounded power cord prior to plugging it into the wall outlet. It was, as he thought, the result of a 60 cycle grounding problem with my house current feeding back to the sub and causing the humming noise. Result: hum gone and problem solved. Great customer support and genuine willingness to help.
Absolutely thrilled with all of the speakers and their top-quality sound reproduction and accuracy. But best of all, the subwoofer with its remote control capabilities, great feature. I have not heard a sub this good at over twice the price. My thanks to Howard and RSL for making my home theater system sound as rich and beautiful as it now does. (Posted on 2/27/12)
"ALL I CAN SAY IS , WOW!!!" Review by Robert C.
"ALL I CAN SAY IS , WOW!!!"
The saying, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is" Well you can throw that away here. This home theater system is a thing of beauty. Right out of the box the black luster is stunning.
But i didn t buy them for their looks, so the sound. The clarity the imaging the realism, its as if you were in a state of the art theater right in your own living room. You can here all of the musical instruments, each defined and separate. WOW!!! These little guys pack a punch. You would think you d have to pay 10x this amount to get this kind of sound quality , but RSL has made it affordable. Thank you.
Now for the icing on the cake, the sub, "WOW"!!! This is what brings every thing to life. This thing is unreal, phenomenal even, everything you could ever ask of a subwoofer and more for thousands less. Spot on RSL great job!!! Thank you for making it possible for us to have this kind of quality at such an affordable price. I will be buying 2 more CG4 to make my 5.1 into a 7.1 very soon.
(Posted on 12/19/11)
a great value Review by Jerry
RSL, I have appreciated my nevada RSL speakers without any problems or decrease in quality for 30 years. So it was a clear and simple decision to purchase a home theater system. If your priorities are incomparable durability, a great value, an honest company,and beautiful outstanding sound you should purchase an RSL system! Very sincerely, Jerry (Posted on 10/25/11)
I LOVE my new RSL speakers Review by Robert
I LOVE my new RSL speakers. I grew up admiring my uncle s RSL s in the 80 s. I can t believe I get to have my own set now. Only one word comes to mind when you try to grasp the quality of the sound that emanates from these speakers--UNBELIEVABLE. I ve gone back and watched all of my action movies and concert DVD s again!! Unbelievable....really! You can t go wrong.. Thank you RSL. (Posted on 9/22/11)
extremely satisfied Review by Robert R.
After several months of usage, I am happy to report that the perfectionist engineer in me is extremely satisfied with my RSL 5.1 Home Theater Speaker system. The quality in construction and design was immediately evident out of the box and the exceptional sound has exceeded my expectations. The CG4 speakers (two front, two surround), one CG24 (center) and the Speedwoofer 10 are all worthy of five star ratings. Teamed with an Onkyo TX-NR708 receiver and a Blu-ray disc player, the RSL speakers provide an amazing sound experience for movies, television, and all types of music. (Posted on 8/18/11)
Keep up great the products and service!!! Review by Dmytro
I own a 5.1 system that consists of three RSL CG24 (Front Right, Front Left, Center) and two CG4 (SL, SR) 5 stars for a system as whole.
Compared with other brands that my friends own I have been proud of my investment, paid less too. When my buddies come by, they are astonished by my sound system and how such small speakers can sound so great.
When watching movies the details are good, speech is clear; now I have no reason to go to a movie theater. Once in a while I play music very loud and even then, no distortion heard. Now all my music sounds in a whole different way, with details that I never heard before.
I m glad that RSL is back in business with their new line of speakers. Keep up great the products and service!!! (Posted on 8/4/11)
Love bass and overall sound. Review by Kevin M.
Love bass and overall sound. (Posted on 6/10/11)
Wow..... Review by Linda
Wow......I was looking at RSL speakers in the 70s and now I finally got them. Amazing! I got the 5.1 system and would rate it a 5. The speakers were easy to hang and they look great. They have turned my living room into concert hall. Outrageous. Thanks RSL. (Posted on 4/22/11)
how awesome they are Review by Anton
First my uncle got the RSL speakers for himself, but after seeing the look on my face when we all heard how awesome they are, he felt guilty and got me a set too. I think they are the best speakers ever. I think they sound better than the movies. (Posted on 2/22/11)
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RSL 5.1 Theater Speaker System
Compact Speaker Reviews
“The RSL CG4 and CG24 made a gratifying first impression that never wavered as they journeyed through content with the unflappability of an experienced traveler. They were coherent from top to bottom”
“The balance among midbass, midrange, upper midrange, and high frequencies was everything one could hope for.”
“Bass integration between satellites and sub was seamless.”
“…..the RSL system delivered the goods with as little listening fatigue as I’ve ever had with any high-resolution speakers delivering a noisy movie.”
“It was hard to believe I was listening to loudspeakers driven by an amplifier.”
“I fell in love with it from the first moments I listened to it.”
“…a product can achieve a five-star performance rating only if it is “reference quality.” This speaker handily qualifies.”
“It got the best out of everything I used to audition it. Wow, wow, and wow again.”
“…the price/performance ration for these compact speakers sold direct on the Internet is through the roof.”
Tested: RSL Speaker Systems 5.1 Theater System
The SoCal speaker kings are back — and performing above their size and price point once again
“The RSL sats sounded tight and honest.”
“The CG4 was accurate and well defined on voices and instruments, without any distinct coloration or bias. I found its sound to be open, crisp, and perhaps just the tiniest shade “forward” over the top octaves, but still even and unforced, making for an airy, detailed presentation.”
“I was halfway through Harry Brown’s credits before I realized that the RSL system had simply delivered the cinema-sound goods, left, right, and center (and surround).”
“Whatever I played, the system continued to deliver clarity and unforced detail.”
“Listening to the Corigliano (and other music) in surround proved satisfying, too. The surround-channel CG4s did not “flashlight” ambient sounds, while the front pair locked up with the center CG24 to form a truly seamless front stage.”
“RSL has a very, very good small speaker system here. …..it performs, without fuss, at a level higher than most at this price point. disregard physical size; for this kind of performance, it’s a bargain.”
PRODUCT REVIEW: RSL COMPRESSION GUIDE SPEAKERS
AFTER TWO DECADES, THE NEW RSL CG SPEAKERS COME WITH A SURPRISE IN EVERY BOX
“I was able to pick up subtleties I had not previously heard. If speakers are windows into the music, these windows were squeaky-clean.”
“James Taylor was present in the room with his characteristic vocal insinuations, accents and humor intact... outside the box.”
“with the RSL CG24 Studio Monitor, the ground rules of performance versus price are about to change.”
“At no time was the sound fatiguing nor was there any smear or lack of definition among all those layered sounds coming from the CG system.”
“All in all, this was pretty amazing performance from a $750 subwoofer (RSL Speedwoofer 10).”
“The system imaged wider than anyone had a right to expect, including vertically.”
“the Rogersound Labs Compression Guide speakers represent the same outstanding value and performance that they did decades earlier.”
Hands On: RSL Compression Guide Speakers
An old speaker company is reborn.
“The RSLs created a very rich, three-dimensional soundstage that seemed larger than such small speakers should be able produce.”
“On movie soundtracks, the system also performed well. Once again I was impressed with the fullness of the presentation.”
“After spending a couple of weeks tossing a wide variety of music and movies through the speakers, I packed them up very impressed with what a $2,075 sub/sat system could deliver.”
Compression Guide (CG) Stereo System
"The first thing I noticed when I sat down for serious listening was that the speakers completely disappeared. This fundamental and sought-after characteristic of all music systems is hard to achieve, especially at this price range and often at much higher price ranges.”
“The speakers threw a wide and deep image with great definition throughout the soundstage. This has always been an advantage of small satellites but often falls apart when the subwoofer is added. Not so with the RSLs.”
“Vocal music, both male and female, was full with plenty of midrange detail.”
“I played some big symphony works and they sounded wonderful from the deepest bass to the highest highs. The system was especially good at portraying hall acoustics faithfully. I was very conscious of the acoustics in the silent spaces between cuts or movements.”
“But the best thing about this speaker system is the way music literally leapt out of the speakers. Its not that they had an exaggerated front and center perspective but the timing and pace of the music were so palpable it was hard to sit still. I found myself playing the RSLs much louder than I usually listen because the music just didn t want to stay inside the speakers. It wanted to come outside and boogie. At the same time slow and quiet songs and movements drew you inside to enjoy the terrific detail.”
“I really believe the star of the RSL CG system is the Speedwoofer™ 10. Once properly set up it delivered strong, deep and dynamic bass with truly excellent detail. In my main system I use a subwoofer that costs 3 times the RSL yet does not go as deep with the same level of detail.”
“RSL gets "it", that listening to music should be fun and you will have fun with these speakers.”
“Even if you are willing to spend twice as much you should listen to the CG Stereo System.”
“You are sure to enjoy all your old recordings more than ever before.”
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