A coaxial studio monitor, while not unknown, is fairly uncommon among the major speaker manufacturers. The benefits are obvious for critical listening applications like studios and control rooms – a coaxial design where the tweeter is housed in front of the middle of woofer removes the alignment issues that are common to traditional configurations, resulting in a wider listening area without colouration.
The Ones family includes the larger, already available 8351, but is now joined by two new smaller models, the 8331 and 8341. They all feature a dual-coincident mid/high driver as well as the same integrated baffle and enlarged waveguide design. The main benefit of the design is said to be even dispersion across a much wider listening area than previously and improved imaging that also means less fatigue during long listening sessions. Like the 8351, the 8331 and 8341 can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod base for isolation.
The short-term maximum output capacities are stated at 104dB (at 1m) for the 8331, and 110dB for the 8341. Frequency responses are 45Hz and 38Hz (-6dB) to 40kHz respectively. Both also have a compact footprint, 299mm x 189mm x 212mm for the 8331 and 350mm x 237mm x 243mm for the 8341, and both incorporate three stages of Class-D amplification which also utilises Intelligent Signal Sensing technology to help save energy. The coaxial design also permits a near-field listening distance of 40cm.
Finally, the Ones family can be setup and managed via Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring solution, which permits up to 40 monitors and subwoofers per network to be automatically optimised for the surrounding room with recallable presets for various configurations.