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8351A review?

caliber, modified 6 Years ago.

8351A review?

Youngling Posts: 13 Join Date: 9/22/14 Recent Posts
Has anyone bought-reviewed the new 8351 speakers? I’m very curious how these new coaxial speakers might sound?
thesky555, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 48 Join Date: 1/26/15 Recent Posts
Here's a review in Finnish. It seems to be the first one out there.
My Google is set to autotranslate from Finnish pages. This translation will give you a good laugh if you're in a forgiving mood, and it will also give you some idea of what the reviewer thinks. There might be some home country bias, though.

http://audiovideo.fi/testi/genelec-8351a-dsp-aktiivikaiuttimet-testissa

I quote from the conclusion:

That is, when 8351A 8260A is substantially the same level, it means 8351A of the speaker really tough compared to just anything. The stereo image is the best thing I've ever heard. Those who now ähkäisevät finger up ' but Genelec 1038 "so keep in mind that it is a huge deal, or a larger speaker is able to reproduce the direct sound much of this compact speakers farther. When listening distance 8351A: he is suitable as it beats speakers with a price tag of zero increases the suit.
Another exceptional case is well-balanced tone of voice, it really allows many kinds of material to listen without listening fatigue. Neutrality also brings the recordings of your character best expressed. And probably anyone else's view, Sade, Sepultura and Stravinsky belong to the sounds the same. Each of the recording retains its own character and a good thing too.

When the coaxial-related issues, general balance and astonishingly fine stereo image are so special so you feel cool pale in to say that the bass response is good. It is the better come against, not, however, never even close to this size, but the 8351A's bassopää is good. No, it is not a good 15-inch slam and the best 18-inch pants wetting authority. I suppose only that they are 15- and 18-inch are not considered in the same context as an alternative to 8351 persons.
caliber, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Youngling Posts: 13 Join Date: 9/22/14 Recent Posts
Here's a review in Finnish. It seems to be the first one out there.
My Google is set to autotranslate from Finnish pages. This translation will give you a good laugh if you're in a forgiving mood, and it will also give you some idea of what the reviewer thinks. There might be some home country bias, though.

http://audiovideo.fi/testi/genelec-8351a-dsp-aktiivikaiuttimet-testissa


Haha, you're right it's funny!! But thanks for the heads up! Anyone else who had the chance to listen or test these new speakers?
popdv, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 32 Join Date: 6/26/11 Recent Posts
I bought pair of 8351a right before new year.
Great sound! After 8240 it's a big step up of course for me.
So now why 8351a and not 8260 or 1238:
smallest tree way monitor from genelec - the listening room not too big and the listening position a quiet close to monitors.
I was really surprised about good bass of 8351: have a chance to connect to 7270 sub and compare with / without. Of course sub give you more bass. Comparing 8240 needs sub necessarily. And 8351 can play without sub and give very good bass performance.
a little less costly that 8260/1238
thesky555, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 48 Join Date: 1/26/15 Recent Posts
@popDV: Thank you for your review. Good to hear. It wets my appetite even more.

However, it's certainly not obvious that a 3-way speaker is better than a 2-way in anything but max. sound pressure level. I can think of many 2-way models that sound so much more alive and energetic than bigger heavier 3-ways - as long as you don't turn the volume up too far.
thesky555, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 48 Join Date: 1/26/15 Recent Posts
Apparently, a 3-page German review is underway in German magazine 'Stereoplay'.
The magazine can be bought online when it is released, March 13th.
http://www.testberichte.de/p/genelec-tests/8351a-testbericht.html
popdv, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 32 Join Date: 6/26/11 Recent Posts
@popDV: Thank you for your review. Good to hear. It wets my appetite even more.

However, it's certainly not obvious that a 3-way speaker is better than a 2-way in anything but max. sound pressure level. I can think of many 2-way models that sound so much more alive and energetic than bigger heavier 3-ways - as long as you don't turn the volume up too far.

Comparing to 8240, 8351 sounds much more accurate even in low volume level. More detail, more deep sound stage, so the sound is different compare to two way 8240 (of course Genelec is Genelec).
PS and 8351 looks really great! like space alien technology
thesky555, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 48 Join Date: 1/26/15 Recent Posts
Thanks, PopDV!
I still haven't been able to find a store to listen to these monitors. But these weeks I'm in New York, so let's hope I'll find a better stocked dealer here.
popdv, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 32 Join Date: 6/26/11 Recent Posts
TheSky555
Usually, before buying something I spend a lot of time testing by myself new equipment in shops or going to the studios where there are interesting myself equipment. But this time, having many years experience with Genelec (8020,8030 then digital 8240,1238CF,8260), I purchased 8351a not hearing them. I was really surprised to my decision don't wait till 8351 come to distributor demo room. And I can tell you one more time that I'm very happy with this monitors.
thesky555, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Padawan Posts: 48 Join Date: 1/26/15 Recent Posts
One more review out - again in a German paper
http://www.i-fidelity.net/testberichte/high-end/genelec-8351a/test.html

Below is the Google Translate translation of the last paragraphs. Have fun filling in the blanks :)
Some things are unmistakable. Bass levels are "sensational" and this is currently the "best sounding Genelec monitor".

Unbridled pleasure
Now it was the next step to tickle the novel bass construction and the testers so designed that produced by Boris Blank organ piece »Magnetic Lies" with the singer Malia. The organ tones neat, because this current digital production uses all means, the producers are available today, up in the deepest bass cellar without there any brake comes into play. This is sometimes a problem for two-way speakers, because here come quickly distortions due to the Doppler effect, because the delicate information, the singer will indeed always moves back and forth in the midrange with the bass. With the digital separate three-way construction of the Genelec but this is not an issue, especially they showed the hoped truly seamless coupling of Central via the root up to the amazingly deep bass that would have been the compact "gummy bear" not have thought of this magnitude ,

A glance through the slot revealed what the enormous flow of air from the reflex ports already hinted: The oval flat membranes danced with moderate levels impressive far from its rest position. For a low tone, the physically equivalent to a 20-inch cone, deep bass and the attainable level had simply sensational. Especially since the sound impression as determined carved remained stable up to the last one to two decibels of border adjustment control purposes, where almost all the other speakers run early THD in an audible saturation or even increased. The Genelec remained stoically up instead in party level, any exaggerations prevented the electronic controls and showed it by frantically blinking amber LEDs. If you ever do need someone louder: You're welcome, because Genelec also offers yes matching subwoofer, and thus can be, depending on the configuration win three to ten dB sound pressure reserve. And a tip: Two 8351A with potent subwoofer are still cheaper than a pair of 8260 while sonically probably still have the advantage.

Full subjective: The 8351A is the currently best sounding Genelec monitor and reaches loose valuable reference status. She seems coherent, homogeneous and in the best sense pleasing than all her siblings, who played previously in the same room. It should also currently hardly a speaker that plays as deep while such a precise and yet full-bodied tired from such a compact enclosure. Apart from that offers the 8351A Genelec typical processing, digital room correction, analog and digital inputs with optional remote controlled volume in combination with an amazingly stable soundstage without constricted sweet spot.
1038, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: 8351A review?

Jedi Master Posts: 340 Join Date: 4/6/09 Recent Posts
We just received our 8351's :D

WOW.... I haven't had much of an opportunity to have a good listen, but first impressions are amazing.

The imaging is breathtaking, and although they don't extend as low as the 8260's they feel as though they do.

They look far better in the flesh than in the photos..
jantex, modified 6 Years ago.

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Padawan Posts: 36 Join Date: 3/11/15 Recent Posts
I have been working extensivelly for the last two months on 8351As and they are the most precise and best sounding studio monitors I have ever used apart from 8260. 8351 have the best and most precise sound stage I have ever heard. Translation is second to none. I had ATC's SCM25 and Neumanns KH310 in the past, simply no comparison. Both coaxial monitors have the best midrange there is IMHO and low end is just pure bliss.

Thank you Genelec for all the hard work and R&D for creating such accurate tools. You are without competition IMHO.