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In Reply to: RE: What's the difference between a bookshelf speaker and a minimonitor posted by Raymond Leggs on February 25, 2017 at 11:18:11
In the professional world, "bookshelf" speakers are referred to as "monitors". Editors use near field monitors to listen to the audio when they are at an editing station.
When I was editing television the Genelec powered monitors were all the rage (late 80s) and I have to say I wouldn't mind finding a pair of those little powerhouses.
My guess is some marketing person somewhere thought it would be a good idea to use the term "mini-monitor" to differentiate their product from others OR that the company that started it was a Genelec or B&W or Focal which just put one of their lower priced models into the consumer market.
...any speaker used is referred to as 'monitor' regardless of size from 5" nearfields to mains using four 15" woofers per channel.
Genelec is a late comer to the domestic market if they have anything aimed at the consumer while B&W and Focal only came to the pro market very, very late ie this century.
Genelec is selling to the consumer market now? I had no idea. I was using what has to be one of my favorite powered monitors by Genelec in 1987. I forget the model number but I've been meaning to look around for a pair of those old mini-monitors. Solid as an ingot and boy could they crank!
I still kick myself for not going all Genelec in my home theater. They are the perfect match for my B&K Reference 50 preamp. No amps needed and all balanced connections!
Hmmmmmm. A plan is forming.
Yes Genelec does!
Mostly they seem to be the same as their small 2way monitors only in white.
Genelec does a rather interesting larger 3way with a clever co-axial mid/high unit and a 10" woofer called 8260A SAM. -6dB points are 23Hz and 40kHz but from 29Hz to 21kHz Genelec claims +-1dB variation!!!
A pair of those with 3 of the smaller co-axial 8351 for center and surround duties would make an awesome home system for stereo and movies that would be very hard to improve upon at any price.
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