IF you’re seeking life-like dynamics and a realistic sense of scale, there’s no substitute for actual physical size – just like Genesis Advanced Technologies’ Fortè line-source speaker here.
A glimpse at its driver array alone is enough to floor you – a ribbon midrange driver 48 inches long, a line-array of 12 ribbon ring-radiator tweeters and two 12-inch, servo-controlled solid aluminium-cone woofers per loudspeaker.
Genesis’ CEO and chief designer Gary Leonard Koh says listening to a line-source speaker array for the first time can be “shocking”.
“There is already quite an improvement when you go from a conventional cone/dynamic loudspeaker to a ribbon or planar-magnetic.
“But it can be really shocking when you go from a conventional loudspeaker to a ribbon line-source. The effortlessness of musical peaks, huge dynamic contrasts and the ability to resolve the tiniest musical details – that’s what gives many listeners a sense of euphoria. It makes listening to music a visceral experience.”
The 48-inch ribbon midrange in the Forté is an all-new design, which required significant reworking of its crossover. Genesis says this gives it an “almost-perfect” line-source in the 120Hz to 40kHz frequency range.
If you’re not sold on specs alone, then the Forte’s aesthetics will – but that is entirely up to you. Genesis says this is the first time they are offering a speaker in “any” finish of the owners’ choice, and is fully customisable with various options available.
The Genesis Forté was launched the ongoing CES 2016 in Las Vegas, United States.