Genelec unveils new ‘Ultimate Point Source’ monitors

Genelec has introduced the 8331 and 8341 three-way coaxial monitors, which are built to deliver ‘Utimate Point Source’ monitoring, according to the company.

The new models, nicknamed ‘The Ones’, were unveiled to an attentive audience at London’s Metropolis Studios yesterday, and join the existing 8351 to create a complete compact coaxial range.

Housed in enclosures no larger than a traditional two-way 8030 or 8040 and using Genelec’s Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDC) driver, the two new compact solutions are designed to eliminate limited frequency range, low SPL and uneven dispersion issues.

‘The Ones’ deliver precise imaging both on- and off-axis, coupled with neutral reproduction, meaning users can make mix decisions while listening for longer. The dramatic reduction in unnatural imaging means listener fatigue is greatly reduced, while Genelec’s Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) combines with the monitor’s concealed dual woofer design for less coloured reflections.

Like the 8351, both the 8331 and 8341 can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod base for isolation, offering maximum flexibility in tight working environments. Yet while the 8331 and 8341 both echo the 8351 in form and function, Genelec says the new models have been entirely reengineered to meet the challenges of their ultra-compact dimensions ( 299mm x 189mm x 212mm for the 8331, and 350mm x 237mm x 243mm for the 8341).

Both the midrange and tweeter in the new offerings share the same compact magnet system, reducing size and weight with no reduction in response. The 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. Each unit incorporates three stages of dedicated Class D amplification, including eco-friendly Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) energy saving technology.

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 coaxial design allows for ‘ultra-near-field listening’, creating a dramatic improvement in the direct sound-to-reverberant sound ratio and further reducing the room’s influence while monitoring. The listening distance may be as short as 40 cm, with no loss of precision. At a listening distance of just 50 cm, the maximum SPL capability is raised by more than 5 dB. Finally, The Ones utilise SAM (Smart Active Monitoring), the technology based on Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) 2.0 software for PC and Mac, incorporating AutoCal.