Advertising is all about hyperbole and superlatives, however advertising and marketing within the audio world is distinctly egregious. I’m notably irked when audio system declare to allow you to hear music “because the artist meant” with none substance to again that up.

Genelec, a Finnish audio firm, makes comparable claims on its web site, but it surely will get a go from me. Not solely does the corporate present in depth measurements for every of its audio system on-line — every of which demonstrates a impartial response — however its audio system are distinguished within the recording trade. Likelihood is you’ve most likely heard at the least some music made with Genelec audio system.

The topic of at present’s overview is the Genelec 8341A, a part of the corporate’s state-of-the-art ‘The Ones‘ collection. The audio system are so named as a result of they intention to offer a very ‘point-source’ sound, such that every one frequencies emanate from the identical level in house. These audio system use a novel coaxial driver — the tweeter is embedded within the mid-woofer — flanked by two distinctive low-end woofers as a way to present an excellent sound entrance that only a few audio system can declare. This explicit mannequin is concerning the dimension of a 6.5-inch bookshelf speaker, the second smallest out of 4 audio system within the collection.

Lengthy story quick: the Genelec 8341A are among the greatest audio system I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. They’re nice at nearly every little thing and do nearly nothing fallacious. Whereas no speaker will ever be the most effective for each single observe, the 8341A has each the subjective and goal efficiency to justify its eye-watering, roughly $6,000 price ticket (not out of the norm for its class). It’s as near textbook ‘good’ as any speaker I’ve measured. The audio system could also be marketed on the professional trade, however any audiophile with a fats sufficient pockets ought to have these on their radar.

Genelec 8341A in horizontal orientation
Credit score: Genelec