Genelec recently announced 'The Ones' (8331 and 8341) 3-Way Coaxial Monitors. The 8331 and 8341 are essentially scaled down versions of the hugely popular 8351 and currently hold the title as the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitors. Touted as the 'ultimate point source monitors', 'The Ones' series of monitors represent 15 years of Genelec research and development.
The Genelec Ones are point source monitors that utilize a coaxial design. A point source monitor is a type of studio monitor speaker in which sound only radiates from one location. Historically, multi-driver coaxial speakers have suffered problems. One such problem is that each speaker driver will generally share a certain frequency range, and can, therefore, cause phasing issues within that frequency range. Additionally, coaxial monitors have traditionally suffered from a limited frequency range, lowSPL and uneven dispersion.
Despite their downfalls, the point source monitor design has long been considered the holy grail of studio monitor designs for critical listening, because it's the only one that overcomes the off-axiscoloration associated with traditional loudspeaker designs. Essentially, a coaxial speaker provides the listener with more freedom of movement (rather than confining them to a narrow sweet spot).
Genelec’s acclaimed Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDC™) driver, aims to eliminate phase and diffraction issues through advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and a cabinet design where low-range frequencies are kept well away from the mid and high range drivers. This means that 'The Ones' are capable of delivering precise imaging both on and off-axis, coupled with absolutely neutral reproduction. Genelec also claims that the dramatic reduction inunnatural imaging means listener fatigue is greatly reduced.
“The number of big ideas contained within these small monitors is truly remarkable, but no list of features can ever match up to the experience of simply listening to them,” - Genelec Managing Director, Siamäk Naghian.
While the 8331 and 8341 follow in in the footsteps of the 8351 in form and function, these new models have been entirely reengineered to meet the challenges of their ultra-compact dimensions (just 299mm x 189mm x 212mm for the 8331, and 350mm x 237mm x 243mm for the 8341).Despite the size of the 8331 and 8341, each unit incorporates three stages of dedicated Class D amplification, developed in-house by Genelec - small, but mighty!
“For professionals worldwide, the 8351 has already become the trusted standard for its neutrality, and its smooth frequency response both on- and off-axis. Now that same precision and three-way performance is available to everyone. With the 8331 and 8341, the size of your studio is no longer a barrier to the size of your ambition.” - Genelec Managing Director, Siamäk Naghian.
Finally, with The Ones, Ultimate Point Source meets ultimate flexibility with Smart Active Monitoring (SAM™), the ground-breaking Genelec technology based on Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM™) software. With SAM, The Ones take their place in a larger family of smart monitors from across the Genelec range, all of which can be used to create smart networks of up to 40 monitors and subwoofers per network. GLM also makes it simple to create optimal monitoring systems in challenging environments - automatically compensating for detrimental room influences by calibrating levels, distance delays, phase and room equalisation to create a consistent, optimised listening environment.
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