Genelec boosts power and precision with 8381A point source monitor

Genelec unveiled the 8381A smart active monitor, a flagship floor-standing Adaptive Point Source unit, today.

The unit, part of ‘The Main Ones’ range, is designed for high end music recording, mastering and listening.

It is acoustically coaxial right down to bass frequencies and draws on technology developed for Genelec’s patented ‘The Ones’ family of point source monitors and the W371A Adaptive Woofer System, which can combine to create a free-standing full-range monitoring system. Building on those products, the 8381A offers controlled directivity and uncoloured response both on and off axis, with an ultra-wide frequency response spanning from 20 Hz to 35 kHz. It has almost 6 kW of amplifier power and a maximum SPL of 126 dB.

At the heart of the 8381A is a proprietary high SPL Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDC) midrange/tweeter driver which is combined with a Genelec DSP engine. This MDC driver shares a common acoustical axis with the 8381A’s four complementary 5-in dome drivers which are arranged as a midrange transduction system, and this unique array combines with a forward-facing 15-in woofer.

A pair of high performance 15-in woofers employ the LF adaptive technology originally developed in the W371A. This technology allows the 8381A to tailor performance carefully to the room. This flat and neutral LF response is designed to minimise acoustic notching, and reduce detrimental reflections and resonances by the walls, ceiling or floor of the room.

As part of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring family, the 8381A integrates with Genelec’s GLM software, which can configure, calibrate and control entire Genelec smart monitoring systems. GLM also includes the GRADE room report feature, which provides an analysis of a room and monitoring system performance, providing specific observations and advice on any acoustical issues.

Designed and manufactured at Genelec’s headquarters in Iisalmi, Finland, the 8381A comes with a SonicAdvisor system calibration and service package.

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