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The Genelec G Four 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker is a good choice for anyone who is looking for good sound quality and connectivity without the need for advanced features. Its active speaker design eliminates the need for bulky external power amplifiers and offers a range of connectivity options. The G Four is designed to reproduce the fine details and nuances of your favorite music and movies and features generous SPL and frequency extension.
Additionally, it has additional features such as its active crossovers, Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) technology, Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) technology, Iso-Pod stand, Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) technology, Optimized amplifiers, Protection circuitry, and Reflex port design. With its short-term max SPL of ≥105 dB and the low self-generated noise, the G Four can deliver powerful sound with precision.
Overall, the Genelec G Four 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker is a good choice for anyone looking for good sound quality and connectivity, however, experienced users may want to look for something with more robust features.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Genelec G Four Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.