Genelec may well be the best-kept secret of the audio industry. The company's active monitors might reside in countless high-end music studio and TV production facilities across the globe, but Genelec is far from a household name. This is a shame because though anything but affordable for most, we do live in a time where €800 smartphones and mediocre €200 headphones appear to be flying off the shelves.
Genelec specialize in making active studio monitors and all that means is speakers with a built-in amplifier. The Finnish company's monitors usually have two amps inside (three for 3-way monitors) to drive the woofer and the tweeter. Though the principle is similar to any desktop PC speaker, active monitors have never really hit the mainstream public and are probably not going to be hitting it anytime soon.
In the meantime, Genelec is 'quietly' continuing to evolve the design of the active studio monitor with its new M series. Although the design is vaguely reminiscent of an immovable contemporary Norwegian cast-iron stove, it turns out Genelec decided to forgo its classic die-cast aluminium enclosure for the M Series. Instead, the Finnish company is employing a mix of wood fiber and recyclable materials. The rounded edges are consistent with all other Genelec 2-way speakers of late, and aim to achieve a smooth frequency response and minimized cabinet edge diffraction.
So far, there are two members in the M Series family. The 27cm-high M030 uses a 5-inch woofer and a 0.75-inch metal dome tweeter, powered by a 50-Watt and 30-Watt amplifier respectively. The 34cm-high M040 employs a 6.5-inch woofer with a 1-inch metal dome tweeter, powered by an 80-Watt and 50-Watt amplifier respectively. Despite the use of a 'greener' enclosure, the M030 and M040 still manage to weigh in at a hefty 4.6kg and 7.4kg.
Details on pricing are scarce, but keep in mind that any kind of high-end product designed and made in a Nordic country is usually followed by a high price tag.
Genelec Displays New 'M Series' forerunner Active Monitors for Project Studios at Pro Light + Sound 2013
Published on Monday, 15 April 2013 11:14
Genelec, the world's pioneer in active monitoring, debuted its new M Series Bi-amplified Active Monitors in Frankfurt this year. The energy-efficient M Series takes a new approach to monitor design as part of Genelec's larger on-going sustainable initiatives GES (Genelec Embedded Sustainability). The primary focus in developing the new M Series was to proceed with a sustainable mind-set without sacrificing the accuracy and reliability for which Genelec has been known for the past 35 years - while also offering something new and innovative for project studio customers.
The first two models being introduced are the M030 and the M040 Bi-amplified Active Monitors, which employ a Natural Composite Enclosure (NCE) manufactured for Genelec in Finland from wood fibre and recyclable material. The M030 and M040 use Genelec enclosure design heritage, featuring rounded edges and gently curved front and sides to provide minimised cabinet edge diffraction and superb imaging. Both models also utilise a Laminar Integrated Port (LIP) for accurate low frequency response and minimizing the enclosure vibration and each employ an integrated Advanced Directivity Controlled Waveguide(DCW), yielding large internal volumes with outstanding mechanical strength.
The M Series models feature new class D amplifiers developed in-house by Genelec's R&D/engineering team. The class D amplifiers are highly efficient, low distortion amplifiers that operate cooler and lighter than class A/B amps. They also feature Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) power management with auto power-off/auto power-on and with the standby power consumption of less than 0,5W. Automatic voltage selection allows the monitors to operate throughout the world. Additionally, the M Series has high-performance drivers, intuitive room response controls and system calibration with XLR/TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs.
The M030 utilises a five-inch woofer and 0.75-inch metal dome tweeter, powered by a 50-Watt and 30-Watt amplifier respectively. The free-field frequency response is 58Hz to 21kHz (+/-3dB), while low distortion peak SPL is 102dB at one metre. The M030 measures 10 3/4" H (273mm) x 7 1/2" W (190mm) x 7 1/2" D (190mm) and weighs 4.6kg (8.8 lbs). The M040 employs a 6.5-inch woofer with a one-inch metal dome tweeter, powered by an 80-Watt and 50-Watt amplifier respectively. The free-field frequency response is 48Hz-21kHz (+/-3dB), while low distortion peak SPL is 107dB at one metre. The M040 measures 13 1/4" H (337mm) x 9 1/4" W (235mm) x 9" D (229mm) and weighs 7.4kg (15.4 lbs).