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GENELEC The Ones SAM 8331 & 8341

These two Genelec monitors promise to redefine nearfield monitoring. Andy Jones is the very lucky one who gets to check them out…
£2,169 & £2,729 EACH

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Before I get into Genelec’s two new speakers, from a range called The Ones, there’s no getting away from a quick discussion about their design and coaxial, point-source monitoring. These are, as you may have guessed from just looking at them, not your standard speakers and employ that coaxial (or single source) designs, so here’s a quick overview.

You’ll probably be aware that most monitors use two- or three-way designs; each of the two or three drivers covering different parts of the frequency range. With two-way designs, you get a woofer and a tweeter covering lows and highs and with three way, you get an extra midrange driver. With traditional speaker designs, these are placed apart, with one driver above the other; traditionally, the tweeter sits on top.

With coaxial designs, as with The Ones on test here, the tweeter sits directly at the centre, on top of the mid range driver and at the centre of the woofer so that the sound emanates from a single point source. The reasoning is that with traditional speakers, any crossover frequencies from the drivers cause phase issues known as off-axis colouration and this essentially forces the listener to sit on a very specific sweet spot to avoid the effect. If the sounds emanate from the same on-axis source, these phase issues are reduced… so the big advantage is that listening sweet spot is widened, so you’re not limited to having to sit in one exact position to monitor.

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