Genelec has expanded The Ones series of Ultimate Point Source Monitors – with a launch event at the legendary Metropolis Studios – to bring precision listening to a much wider range of room sizes, listening distances and SPL requirements.
The announcement of the new 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way monitors alongside the W371A Adaptive Woofer System – which isn’t a subwoofer, as Genelec’s R&D manager Aki Måkivirta stressed – means that The Ones family now delivers uncoloured and neutral reference monitoring performance from ultra-nearfield through to mastering-calibre and main monitor applications.
The Ones range was launched in 2014 with the introduction of the 8351A, which featured extended frequency response, controlled directivity and fatigue-free listening. In 2017, the 8351A was joined by the 8331A and 8341A models, creating a trio of compact nearfield monitors that garnered multiple industry awards.
Today, the new 8361A three-way coaxial monitor refines the point source concept further, offering what Genelec reports is the most advanced acoustic performance of any studio monitor currently available, with extremely high dynamic range, unrivalled directivity and imaging and a short term SPL of 118 dB with even higher peak levels. Now the largest coaxial monitor in The Ones family, the 8361A delivers a monitoring experience at a listening distance up to 5 metres, making it ideal for small to medium-sized rooms.
Aki Måkivirta commented on the significance of this launch to Genelec: “The Ones have now stepped up not one but several notches in terms of dynamic range, maximum SPL capability and frequency extension, to cover the full acoustic range.”
The 8361A features two newly-designed Acoustically Concealed Woofers – generating high SPL output with extremely low distortion – and brand new MDC coaxial midrange and tweeter drivers which provide smooth directivity, low distortion, high SPL and extended frequency response up to 40 kHz. The 8361A’s Minimum Diffraction Enclosure eliminates colouration and its front baffle acts as a Directivity Control Waveguide. Efficient proprietary Class D amplification is complemented by advanced DSP processing, including delay equalisation and 20 precision EQs for room compensation.
The newly upgraded 8351B shares much of the technology of its other Ones siblings and benefits from recent advances in electronic, mechanical and acoustical design. Drawing inspiration from the electronic design of the 8341A and the driver technology of the 8361A, the 8351B revision has managed to improve on the performance of its predecessor by offering increased SPL, additional room compensation EQs, equalised delay and enhanced HF response.
The W371A Adaptive Woofer System is a unique concept, designed specifically to complement 8341, 8351 and 8361 monitors, and in conjunction with these models creates a series of full-range monitoring solutions with a lot of control over directivity and the effects of room acoustics. With this woofer, users can now experience all the benefits of a main monitor, but with the freedom to locate this free-standing system in optimal positions within the control room; even providing the option to switch between nearfield and main monitors without image-shifting.
Standing at 1100 mm (43 1/4 inches) high and featuring dual woofers, one forward-facing and one rear-facing, the W371A introduces a variety of ways to custom-tailor system performance to the room over the critical lowest four octaves. As a result, Genelec claims that it offers a flatter and smoother in-room frequency response than a traditional subwoofer, with more coherent low-frequency imaging.
Måkivirta explained: “The W371 is a revolutionary adaptive woofer design that we’ve introduced to complement the 8341, 8351 and 8361 models, creating a full-range monitoring system that can be freely located within the room, providing powerful control of both directivity and the effects of room acoustics.”
Augmenting the dual woofers of The Ones coaxial models with a complementary W371A yields four woofers in total per channel, and these are combined using advanced acoustic measurement to reduce destructive cancellation and standing wave artefacts through crossover frequencies, polar response and directivity. As a result, the W371A removes the detrimental influences of the listening room on low-frequency reproduction – universally recognised as a key issue in all modern studios.
As part of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring family, all models in The Ones range integrate with Genelec’s GLM software application, which can configure, calibrate and control entire Genelec smart monitoring systems. GLM is able to minimise the listening room’s influence on the sound, enabling the user to produce mixes that translate perfectly to other systems, whether the format is mono, stereo or high channel count immersive.
Commenting on the launch, Genelec managing director Siamak Naghian said: “No other family of studio monitors can offer this level of coherency, control, neutrality and sheer ability to adapt to any acoustic environment. From the ultra-nearfield precision of the 8331A to a full-range system comprising the 8361A and W371A, our point source technology is now fully scalable, broadening its appeal still further and maintaining The Ones’ position as the industry’s benchmark for truthful reference monitoring.”
An in-depth, exclusive interview with Aki Måkivirta about the new and exciting release of the expanded The Ones will be available in our October issue, and online shortly after that.