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In conclusion, the Genelec G One 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker is a great choice for anyone who needs good sound quality in an affordable package. Its 74 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response provides full-range audio and the Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) technology ensures a flat on- and off-axis response. The speaker also has Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) technology for power consumption reduction in stand-by mode and Advanced reflex port design for extended low-frequency response.
The speaker also offers great connectivity options and provides a single RCA input for connecting to different audio sources. However, I would have liked to see more ports or wireless connectivity options, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Additionally, the sound quality may not be as impressive at higher volumes.
Overall, the Genelec G One is a great choice for anyone looking for good sound quality at a reasonable price. Its technology provides great sound quality optimization and its RCA input makes it easy to connect to a wide range of audio sources. Yet, the Genelec G One is not the best choice for those who need powerful sound or who want to take advantage of more advanced connectivity options.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Genelec G One 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.