Jan 10, 2024

Genelec Adds 8381A Smart Active Monitoring System Adaptive Point Source

Steph Beckett

May 16, 2023 - HOW [House of Worship], InfoComm, InfoComm News & Blogs, ProAV News, rAVe [PUBS], Rental [and Staging],

Genelec has unveiled the 8381A Smart Active Monitoring system, a flagship floor-standing Adaptive Point Source design that fuses LF control, headroom and high-resolution imaging. The 8381A claims to create a "free-standing full-range monitoring solution that can intelligently adapt to any acoustic environment." For audio professionals, the 8381A produces accurate full-band mixes that translate consistently to other rooms and playback systems, while the product claims audiophiles will experience every detail and nuance of a musical performance,

As a member of "The Main Ones" range, the 8381A system is acoustically coaxial right down to bass frequencies and draws on proven technology developed for Genelec's "The Ones" family of point source monitors and the W371A Adaptive Woofer System, which themselves can combine to create a free-standing full-range monitoring system. However, the 8381A roffers controlled directivity and uncolored response both on and off axis, with an ultra-wide frequency response spanning from 20 Hz to 35 kHz. Additionally, it includes almost 6 kW of amplifier power and a staggering maximum SPL of 126 dB.

The 8381A also includes a proprietary high SPL Minimum Diffraction Coaxial (MDC) midrange/tweeter driver, which — combined with a Genelec DSP engine — delivers clarity, imaging and adaptability. This MDC driver shares a common acoustical axis with the 8381A's four complementary 5-inch dome drivers, which are arranged as a midrange transduction system, and this array combines with a forward-facing 15-inch woofer to provide outstandingly stable directivity, control and coherence.

As part of Genelec's Smart Active Monitoring family, the 8381A integrates tightly with Genelec's GLM software, which can configure, calibrate and control entire Genelec smart monitoring systems.

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