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Overall, the Genelec G Three 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a speaker with great sound quality and features. The active design and room compensation switches make it ideal for challenging acoustic environments, and its “Power Out” option makes it a great choice for creating a multi-room audio system.
The sound quality of the G Three is pretty good, producing a very clear and balanced sound with a warm and detailed low-end and a crisp, detailed high-end. While the sound quality is good, it still has some room for improvement, as I feel like the sound could be a bit more detailed and the bass could be a bit more punchy.
The G Three is an ideal choice for audio enthusiasts and music professionals, but it is not the best choice for anyone looking for a super-loud speaker or a speaker with a lot of bass. All in all, the Genelec G Three 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality speaker with great features.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Genelec G Three 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.