At an exclusive launch event at London’s Metropolis Studios, Headliner was amongst the first in the world to see and hear Genelec’s latest additions to The Ones series of point source monitors.
Joining The Ones family are the 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way monitors, alongside the complementary W371A adaptive woofer system, meaning that this line of products now delivers uncoloured and neutral reference monitoring performance - from ultra-nearfield, through to mastering-calibre and main monitor applications.
Returning to the very studios where Genelec launched The Ones in 2014, Headliner was excited to see what the Finnish manufacturer had in store for its guests this time, and was not disappointed. Following an informative (and packed) presentation where interestingly, the audience learnt that babies recognise and are stimulated by sounds and music before they can event walk (you learn something new every day), Genelec unveiled the three new products with a flourish. The audience couldn’t help themselves, letting out a collective “oooooohhhhh” – all eyes were on the enormous new W371A, although Genelec was quick to call it “not a subwoofer”.
Following a lively Q&A session, Headliner is ushered into three recording studios in quick succession and treated to demonstrations of the new speakers, finishing with a spectacular immersive audio demo where we may or may not have almost been brought to tears when listening to a stunning Morten Lindberg orchestral piece recorded in a church. Particularly impressive are the formidable W371As, which completed the 8341s and 8351As – the perfect low end extension that took the speakers to another level.