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After reading up on the Genelec G Two 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speaker, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the range of features it offers. It has a 2-way design, a 62 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, and a die-cast aluminum cabinet with a rear-facing bass port. Additionally, it has active crossovers, Directivity Control Waveguide technology, and Intelligent Signal Sensing technology.
The speaker offers great connectivity options with an RCA input, Bluetooth, and an optical input. This makes it a great all-in-one solution for anyone looking for an easy way to set up their home audio system.
Now, coming to the sound quality, I personally think the audio quality is good, but the bass response and the high-end could be better. However, overall, I think the G Two is still a great product that offers a good sound experience and enough features to make it worth the purchase.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Genelec G Two 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.