Studio monitor royalty Genelec introduced new products in its “The Ones” series. These are the 8351B and 8361A three-way monitors and the W371A Adaptive Woofer System.
The 8361A presents a refinement of Genelec’s point source concept with higher peak levels and a pair of newly-designed Acoustically Concealed Woofers designed for high-SPL/low distortion operation. The midrange and tweeter drivers are new as well, reaching up to 43kHz at lower distortion and higher loudness. The monitor has short-term SPL of 118dB and can be used effectively at listening distances up to 5 meters (16 feet), so it can comfortably exist in small and medium-sized rooms.
The monitor also has proprietary Class D amplification with DSP corrections which include delay equalization and precision EQ for room compensation. Its Minimum Diffraction Enclosure is meant to eliminate coloration while the front baffle’s Directivity Control Waveguide puts out a wide, uncolored sweet spot.
The 8351B is a similar refinement with increased loudness, further room EQs, equalised delay and improved high frequency response. It reaches 119dB max SPL and measures about half of the 8361A dimensions and weight. Its electronic design is based on the 8341A while the driver technology is taken from the 8351B.
As for W371A, the subwoofer features front and rear-facing woofers and integrates with Genelec’s GLM software for configuration, room calibration and smart monitor system management. It stands 1100mm tall. There are four woofers in total per channel, combined with precise acoustic work as to reduce destructive cancellation and standing wave artefacts. Tools for calibration also include crossover frequencies, polar response, and directivity.