Photo: Mark Ewing Despite their diminutive size, these new nearfield monitors still share the Genelec family sound. For example, if you have a programming suite that you use for writing sequenced music, then you can probably make do with smaller speakers until you come to do the final mix, whereupon you can move to the main studio. Similarly, in a small home studio, smaller monitors can be used both for writing and for producing reasonably accurate mixes, as working at high SPLs may simply not be practical. Controls on the rear panel optimise the audio performance to best suit the environment in which the speakers find themselves. With a decidedly compact x mm footprint and a height of just mm, the rear ported A features a die-cast aluminium enclosure with integral high-frequency waveguide and rounded corners to minimise diffraction.
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By Paul White Can speakers of this tiny size deliver anything like the signature Genelec sound? When we asked for a pair of Genelec As for review we knew to expect something small, but when the cardboard box turned up at my studio it was even more diminutive than I expected. And then, when I opened it, I found that almost half the space inside it was packing to support two smaller cardboard boxes, inside which I found polystyrene packing pieces plus a small cardboard box holding the mains cable.
When I finally got to the speakers, they each turned out only to be around the size of a pint glass, measuring x x mm and weighing 1. Genelec a Built into the same style of cast-aluminium casing as the larger series monitors, the rear-ported As have a balanced XLR input. The driver configuration combines a three-inch woofer with a 0. The crossover frequency is 3kHz. Energy-saving circuitry switches the monitor to standby when no audio input is detected, though this can be overridden by the user if desired.
The familiar Genelec IsoPod rubber base is fixed to the speakers and can be adjusted to change the angle of tilt as required. DIP switches on the rear panel allow tailoring of the response via four bass-tilt settings and a desk-proximity Hz notch. Steel grilles protect both drivers, and a green LED lights to indicate that the speakers are powered up.
And yes, they do sound like proper Genelecs, albeit with less in the way of deep bass and a more limited maximum SPL. Bass guitars and kick drums sound more punchy than they have any right to on speakers of this size, and the lack of really deep bass actually makes them sound very tight and focussed.
If you want deep bass you can always add a sub, but for monitoring in small rooms with difficult acoustics, as a mobile reference when working in different studios, or for confirmation monitoring when recording on location, they actually do a great job. In fact, my only minor concern is that two-pin power connector — if the rest of your system works from power adaptors as many laptops and interfaces do you may end up having no mains earth connection at all, and that can sometimes lead to problems with interference or shocks from static build-up.
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