Genesis Advanced Technologies has roots that go back to 1991, when famed speaker designer Arnie Nudell founded Genesis Technologies. He developed a unique and groundbreaking circular ribbon tweeter, and launched the Genesis One model. Genesis continued to produce highly acclaimed speakers for years and in 2003, Gary Leonard Koh, the current owner and chief designer, established himself as a force to be reckoned with, producing even more technically advanced models, building on past successes.
Current Genesis models have impressed me at audio shows, and I have been waiting for a time when schedules allowed for a review of one of Koh’s designs. The Genesis line is varied and includes the amazing and very expensive G1.2 flagship model, the G2.2, the G5-series, the G6-series, the more affordable G7 series, home theater products, and a number of subwoofers.
Genesis also makes a reference amplifier, and designs and markets cables under the Absolute Fidelity moniker. You could say that Genesis offers complete system solutions outside of source components, though I understand a music server may be on the way. Genesis products are designed and manufactured at their facility in Seattle, and enjoy a healthy dealer network and distributors around the world. See the interview with Gary L. Koh of Genesis at the conclusion of this review.
The Genesis product for this review is the $6000 G7c stand mount. In the above image, it is flanked by the smaller, two-way G7p, and the floorstanding G7f. The "c" designation, by the way, stands for "convertible", as the G7c can be turned on its side to perform as a very high end center channel speaker. The review sample was shipped in immaculate high gloss titanium finish.
There is a lot of technology in the G7c. It uses the famous Genesis circular ribbon tweeter. There is also a rear tweeter that can be switched on or off depending on room boundaries. The main, front-firing tweeter can be attenuated with a back panel dial. There are two sets of binding posts, one main input, and one for pass-through. Two 5.5" midrange/bass drivers flank the 1" tweeter above and below.
The bass performance has been highly engineered, and a toggle switch lets you choose a setting for use with or without subwoofer. According to Genesis, "to achieve the delicacy, speed, transparency, and bass response of the larger Genesis 3-way systems with a separate midrange and woofer in a 2-way system, we developed the world’s first solid-titanium cone mid-woofer. Instead of using a reflex port to tune the bass to achieve a lower frequency response, we do it electrically in the crossover, and it is switchable. The G7c uses an LR-tuning network to optimize bass response down to below 50Hz from a small cabinet. This allows the G7c to deliver better bass when driven by more capable amplifiers. With entry-level amplifiers, the bass contour could be turned off so as not to over-stress the electronics."