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Considering buy new Genelec S360 but confuse about Down Firing Port Design

symphonicmind, muokattu 3 Vuodet sitten.

Considering buy new Genelec S360 but confuse about Down Firing Port Design

Youngling Viestejä: 0 Liittymispäivä: 19.5.2020 Viimeisimmät viestit

Hi everyone,

I am long time users of Genelec monitors from 1030A to 8330A, 8350A, 8351, 1234 (at my workplace). Needless to say, I love Genelec and want to explore about their technologies.

I am seriously considering S360 for my next studio which will flushmount S360 into the wall. As I understand, from series 8xxx, Genelec put the ports behind the speaker to reduce mid leakage at the front of monitors. With master monitors (12xx), Genelec places the port at the front face of monitor because those master mains will be flushmounted.

S360's design can be flushmounted or free standing (as manual said), however, why did Genelec put the port at the bottom (with its own stand, of course)? If I put S360 into the wall, will the tight space around the port affect the port performance? If Genelec can design the port at the front face like 1234 (which I love), why did they cant do the same with S360? Is that all about the limited available space on the front face of S360 or they need to lengthen the port length to tune S360 low enough so no place other than down firing can allow that port length?

Thank you very much.


costakis, muokattu 3 Vuodet sitten.

RE: Considering buy new Genelec S360 but confuse about Down Firing Port Des

Padawan Viestejä: 76 Liittymispäivä: 13.2.2019 Viimeisimmät viestit

For the Ones, the company offers a box that allows you to flushmount them into the wall. If manual mentions that S360 can be mounted in this way, I guess that a special accesory will do the same.

clearsignal, muokattu 2 Vuodet sitten.

RE: Considering buy new Genelec S360 but confuse about Down Firing Port Des

Padawan Viestejä: 50 Liittymispäivä: 2.3.2018 Viimeisimmät viestit

A good question!

Personally, I believe it was production consideration that drove Genelec to place the bass reflex ports at the bottom.

As you may as well know, the s360 was derived from the 1032c, with both monitors sharing amplifier and 10” woofer (although the s360 woofer is reinforced to deal with the higher SPL). The biggest difference—other than the encasement—is the new horn loaded twitter found in the s360. Consequently, the directivity control for that twitter should have been relatively deep, and, for their own reasons, Genelec decided to CNC the wave guide directly into the MDF, instead of forging a custom aluminum waveguide, as employed with their other main monitors.

Since the CNC process removes considerable amount of wood—in fact, all the way the monitor’s edge—as it fashions a concave shape for the tweeter, it was impossible to place the bass port in their traditional frontal position. Ergo, Genelec’s solution was the move the ports to the bottom and introduce an isopad plate to elevate the monitor so the ports could perform their intended functionality.

The bonus of the CNC process is rounded front edges, which reduces detractions, and by-and-by creating a very attractive looking monitor—or at least in my eyes.

If I may suggest: consider the 1032c. The s360 is a fantastic piece of electronic, but it was built with a very specific purpose in mind: a compact package that can deliver accurate, natural, loud sound to a distant sweet spot.  If you happen to sit 2m – 2.5m away from the monitors, the 1032c is likely to be the right tool for you.