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    The Magnificent One

    So it's a bit egoistic, but the Genesis One is what I sometimes refer to as the Magnificent One. It is our flagship model, but it's roots go way back to the Infinity IRS of 1978. Whenever a music lover encounters the Genesis One for the first time, it is always an experience filled with awe - both at the size of the four 7-foot (2m) tall towers, and at the magnificence of the performance.

    When you see such a large loudspeaker, you do expect the rock-band levels of sound, the magnificence of a full orchestra, and how it totally dominates the environment in which it is installed. However, what impresses me most about the Genesis One is that it has the uncanny ability to reproduce the small sounds - the piccolo in the back of the orchestra amid all the bombast, the image of a girl and her guitar, and the chamber music trio with an almost holographic image. It is almost more impressive to play it quietly and small than it is to play it loudly and big.

    When the Genesis One was introduced in 1993, it had 26 tweeters (20 facing front, 6 facing rear), a 60-inch midrange, and six 12-inch poly-kevlar aluminum woofers per side. The 6 woofers in each woofer tower was powered by a 1,500W 6-channel servo-controlled amplifier. The owner had to supply his/her own power amplifier for the midrange and tweeters.

    Unfortunately, the 60-inch midrange of the G-I was pretty fragile, and they broke pretty easily. Even more unfortunately, the 75-inch midrange of the Genesis 1.1 would not fit into the 60-inch hole of the G-I. The original hole was too wide and too short.

    Fixing this was extremely expensive as the entire Corian midrange panel had to be changed with all the drivers and crossover. The original 60-inch midrange was manufactured by the Carver Corporation, and that factory closed down in the mid 1990's. Some owners have substituted a 48-inch midrange, but the performance fell quite a few notches.

    Besides the 75-inch midrange, the Genesis 1.1 also introduced the 3000W 6-channel G2000 servo-bass amplifier and stronger solid aluminum cone woofers. In the early days of Genesis Advanced Technologies, we revived the G1.1, albeit with my improved servo-bass cables.

    The Genesis 1.2 added another six 12-inch woofers per woofer tower. They were mounted on the back of the woofer tower horizontally opposed in phase. This further reduced the vibration in the woofer towers. Having woofers facing front and back in phase seems odd at first glance. However, we have to realize that the 7-foot tall woofer tower is NOT a line source. As the woofer tower has an upper frequency limit of 110Hz, it is actually a POINT source - yep, a 7-foot tall point source.

    To drive the twenty-four 12-inch woofers was a new 10-chassis twelve channel 12,000W Servo Controlled Amplifier (SCAmp).

    The Genesis One from 1993 is fully upgrade-able to the current Genesis 1.2. The woofer holes need to be enlarged slightly to accommodate the new, larger woofers. The most difficult part would be drilling the twelve 12-inch holes on the back of the woofer tower to accommodate the additional woofers. While the new woofer tower is just slightly deeper and has less than 10% more volume in each woofer cavity, the servo-controlled system handles the lower volume easily. If the midrange ribbon is still working well, the tweeters can be replaced, as can be the crossover.

    The Genesis 1.1 to Genesis 1.2 upgrade is much more straightforward, with crossover, woofer tower, and servo-controlled bass amplifier. Depending on the age of the system, the servo-bass cables may or may not need to be changed.

    There is much more details on the difference between the models here: http://genesisloudspeakers.com/downl...Fact_Sheet.pdf
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    Magnificent indeed! I have not listened to the mighty 1.2 but had the opportunity to listen extensively to the 1.1. Despite being driven by a modest front end, it is easily the best sounding system I've had the privilege to listen to. If one has a big enough room and of course, the means, this speaker system is hard to top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thf99 View Post
    Magnificent indeed! I have not listened to the mighty 1.2 but had the opportunity to listen extensively to the 1.1. Despite being driven by a modest front end, it is easily the best sounding system I've had the privilege to listen to. If one has a big enough room and of course, the means, this speaker system is hard to top.
    Glad that you have had extensive opportunity to listen. That's rare indeed. Most of the G1 owners I know just smile when their friends ask for the privilege.

    The new G1.2 now comes in two sizes. One has narrower wings and will about fit into a 5m x 8m room. The original needs at least a 6.5m wide room for it to "breathe".
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    Yes, Gary, a rather immodest nickname, but having only seen pictures I can understand giving in to that temptation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garylkoh View Post
    Glad that you have had extensive opportunity to listen. That's rare indeed. Most of the G1 owners I know just smile when their friends ask for the privilege.

    The new G1.2 now comes in two sizes. One has narrower wings and will about fit into a 5m x 8m room. The original needs at least a 6.5m wide room for it to "breathe".
    Wow...would LOVE to hear them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydelee21 View Post
    Wow...would LOVE to hear them.
    Unfortunately, I don't think that a pair ever made it into the UK.... there are several G350SE's though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garylkoh View Post
    Unfortunately, I don't think that a pair ever made it into the UK.... there are several G350SE's though.
    And on the East Coast? NYC, Boston, CT?

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    There are a couple of pairs in the East Coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydelee21 View Post
    Wow...would LOVE to hear them.
    Lloyd,
    Be forewarned! Don't listen to these Magnificent Ones unless you are ready to buy them! Once you hear them, it'll be tough to go back to the rest of the speakers. They are that good. Each time I listened to them, I have to stop listening to my system for at least a couple of days just to "normalize" my sense of hearing. They really make other systems unlistenable if you compare them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thf99 View Post
    Lloyd,
    Be forewarned! Don't listen to these Magnificent Ones unless you are ready to buy them! Once you hear them, it'll be tough to go back to the rest of the speakers. They are that good. Each time I listened to them, I have to stop listening to my system for at least a couple of days just to "normalize" my sense of hearing. They really make other systems unlistenable if you compare them!
    Hah!!! I will consider myself WARNED! In truth, i love listening to the best systems...if to learn and also to find where my own system can be better. I have listened to systems costing much more at dealers...and what i have found is that noise floor and detail are superior as well as instrument separation...but i prefer the 'voicing', tonality of my system. I am hoping that a good portion of this is relating to my source. Although i have Zanden DAC which is very good, it is not SOTA for detail/noise floor anymore...but more important, i still use Oppo blu-ray player for transport.

    However, i ALSO know that speakers make a HUGE difference...and at this level of no-holds-barred design, i can only imagine what the Genesis would sound like. Transformational is what i would expect based on what i have read about them. The other speaker i wish to hear someday is the Rockport Arrakis.
    Have you heard these, Thf99?? Any comparison?

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