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Genelec launches unconvential 8351 Smart Active Monitor at 137th AES

At 137th AES, Los Angeles, booth 1611, Demo Room 301A, Genelec offers the new 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitor (SAM), developed in response to the need for increasing audio perfection for near-field recording and mix environments. The 8351 breaks new ground in electro-acoustic engineering as the mechanical, acoustical and signal-processing designs are linked closely together. The result is a system that is completely unique in the professional monitoring industry and represents a bold step forward for the active monitoring pioneer.
Genelec 8351 Smart Active MonitorWith dimensions of 17.75" x 11.25 " x 11", the 8351 has a particularly compact footprint for a three-way monitor. The center of the 8351’s enclosure features the Minimum Diffraction Co-axial midrange/tweeter driver evolved from the 8260. This coaxial driver design provides accurate imaging and improved sound quality, with crystal clear accuracy, both on and off-axis, vertically as well as horizontally. Aesthetically striking is the absence of any visible woofers which are concealed beneath the Directivity Controlled Waveguide (DCW). The areas on the perimeter of the DCW are the acoustic openings for the proprietary Genelec-designed Acoustically Concealed Woofers (ACW).
It’s this arrangement, the Co-axial midrange / tweeter in combination with the innovative bass drivers, together form a three-way co-axial enclosure with large continuous Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) across the entire front. The 8351 is at home in either the vertical or horizontal orientation, with closely similar directivity characteristics as users move off-axis. The smooth frequency response and dispersion pattern lead to outstanding clarity and definition of the audio signal.
The 8351 is capable of delivering 110dB at 1 meter through a combination of efficient Genelec-designed Class D amplifiers for the bass (150 W) and midrange (120 W) drivers, while a discrete (90 W) Genelec-designed Class A/B amplifier applies power to the tweeter. The 8351 has a system frequency response of 35Hz to 40kHz ±3dB, (38Hz to 21kHz ±1dB) with low distortion.
SAM technology creates a computer controlled, flexible network of monitors and makes them as a fully aligned system with regards to level, timing and room response equalization – all done automatically – as well being configurable by the end user. Like all active monitors in the Genelec SAM range, the 8351 is capable of automatically adapting to acoustical environments to offer an indispensable tool for sound professionals in broadcasting, post production, music studios and remote recording environments.
Every sub-system in the 8351 – electronics, the drivers and mechanical assembly – is designed by Genelec’s R & D team and built entirely in-house at the Genelec factory in Iisalmi, Finland.
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