Genelec unveils the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitors5 May 2017
Genelec has introduced ultimate point source monitoring with The Ones. The 8351 is joined by the 8331 and 8341, the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitors, to create a complete compact coaxial range that redefines near-field monitoring, the company says. Recently unveiled at London’s Metropolis Studios, are housed in enclosures no larger than a traditional two-way 8030 or 8040 and wipe away the previous constraints of coaxial point source set-ups.
While point source has presented its own set of limitations when combined with superior coaxial designs, including limited frequency range, low SPL and uneven dispersion, using Genelec’s Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDCTM) driver, The Ones eliminate these issues to create the Ultimate Point Source.
The Ones deliver precise imaging both on- and off-axis, coupled with absolutely neutral reproduction, meaning users can make mix decisions with confidence while also listening for longer. In addition, Genelec’s Directivity Control Waveguide (DCWTM), is combined with the The Ones’ concealed dual woofer design, resulting in less coloured reflections.
Like the 8351, both the 8331 and 8341 can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod base for isolation. But while the 8331 and 8341 both echo the 8351 in form and function, the 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).
Innovations include a motor assembly that sees both the midrange and the tweeter share the same compact magnet system, reducing size and weight with no reduction in response. The unique midrange coaxial driver cone is now comprised of concentric sections, optimising midrange linearity – as does the DCW which covers the entire front face of the enclosure. Despite the size of the 8331 and 8341, each unit incorporates three stages of dedicated Class D amplification, developed in-house by Genelec and including eco-friendly Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) energy saving technology.
Small but mighty, The Ones are also powerful. The short-term maximum output capacities for each of the models is 104 dB SPL for the 8331 (at 1m), and 110 dB SPL for the 8341 (at 1m), with accuracy better than ±1.5 dB, and respective frequency responses starting at 45 Hz and 38 Hz (-6 dB) and extending beyond 40 kHz both for the analogue and digital inputs.
“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,” comments Genelec managing director, Siamäk Naghian. “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.”