They’re shiny, metallic, and according to the manufacturer, they’re also eco-friendly: The new Genelec RAW series speakers feature cabinets made of unpainted, recycled aluminium. The new finish is available on selected models of studio monitors, home and AV speakers.
The RAW speakers are based on some of Genelec’s two-way designs with the MDE minimum diffraction enclosure, which was developed in collaboration with the industrial designer Harri Koskinen. The manufacturer claims that the shape of the enclosure ensures a flat frequency response and precise imaging. The enclosures are made of cast aluminium, which results in a rigid structure and large internal volume, according to Genelec.
With their unusual aesthetics, the RAW series speakers are real eye catchers. But it’s not just about looks: The company says that the RAW finish is also “kinder to the planet”, as it requires no paint and less finishing materials and the cabinets are made of recycled metal.
Genelec RAW speakers
Genelec offers the RAW finish not only on studio monitors, but also on some of its speakers for the home and AV installation markets. If you’d like to upgrade your studio with the industrial design aesthetics of the RAW finish, you have the choice of the 8020D, 8030C and 8040B active nearfield monitors. Their cousins for the home market, the G Two, G Three and G Four, are also available RAW. The same goes for the 4020, 4030 and 4040 installation loudspeakers, as well as the 4420 and 4430 Smart IP speakers.
Price and availability
Genelec hasn’t announced the release date and prices of the RAW series speakers yet. Since they don’t require any paint, they should be cheaper than their painted counterparts, right? I wouldn’t put my money on that, though.