The 137th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held from 9–12 October at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, "far surpassed any West-Coast AES Convention in the last 10 years or more," according to the event's organisers. The 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors and sponsors made sure the "exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed [on] all four days", and the convention reported a 28 per cent increase in registration since the last time it took place on the West Coast of America (the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco in 2012).
Also celebrating a successful AES is Finnish speaker manufacturer Genelec, which revealed another addition to its line of Smart Active Monitors, the three-way 8351 system, in response to the need for "increasing audio perfection in acoustically challenging production environments".
The centre of the 17.75" x 11.25 " x 11" 8351 is home to the Minimum Diffraction Co-axial midrange/tweeter driver, evolved from the 8260, designed to provide accurate imaging and improved sound quality with clear accuracy – both on and off-axis – horizontally and vertically.
"We had a brilliant first day, which was very busy, the second day a little less busy but still very good, and the third day was – well, you know last days..." Genelec's Lars-Olof Janflod tells PSNEurope. "Also, a lot of traffic by various industry celebs: Some were so pleased that the show was back in LA, they came all three days just to hang! The reception of the 8351 was second to none. We are happy campers, I must say."
The woofers of the 8351 are concealed beneath the Maximised Directivity Controlled Waveguide (MaxDCW), and the lips on the perimeter of the waveguide act as the acoustic openings for the Acoustically Concealed Woofers (ACW). Genelec says it is this arrangement – the co-axial midrange/tweeter in combination with the dual woofer design – which, together, form a three-way acoustically coaxial system with a large waveguide (MaxDCW) across the entire front. The 8351 is equally effective in either vertical or horizontal orientation, with similar directivity characteristics as users move off-axis.
The 8351 is capable of delivering 110dB at 1m through a combination of efficient Class D amplifiers for the woofer bass (150W) and midrange (120W) drivers, while a discrete-components (90W) Class A/B amplifier applies power to the tweeter. The 8351 has a system frequency response of 32Hz to 40kHz (-6dB), ± 1.5dB (38Hz to 21kHz) with low distortion.