Philosophy and History

The Genelec Design Philosophy

Genelec’s design philosophy is based on sustainable development and environmental values, using industrial design to serve our products’ acoustical performance. We aim to deliver performance-driven, tonally neutral speaker and subwoofer systems for audio professionals and enthusiasts. In our quest for this ultimate goal, we strive to improve all aspects of our products’ sound reproduction qualities which leads us to continuously develop innovative technologies and revolutionary designs.

Genelec Mission, Values and Vision

Since the founding of Genelec in 1978, professional audio monitoring has been the core of our business. Our unrivalled commitment to research and development has resulted in a number of industry firsts and established Genelec as the industry leader in active monitors.

40 years later Genelec monitoring products remain true to our original philosophy, offering reliability, neutral sound reproduction regardless of size, as well as the ability to adapt frequency response to the listening environment.

We are faithful to our founding principles. We also want to maintain our leading position in our core business with neutrally sounding products for any monitoring need from mono to multi-channel reproduction. Our clients receive paramount support in all aspects of the field, from acoustical advice and calibration services to technical service and long product life span. Buying a Genelec product is the soundest investment in audio monitoring.

We want to be unique as a company and strive to exceed expectations in all aspects of our business. This means offering first class products and service to our end customers and business partners alike.

During the past decade our business has expanded beyond the professional studio monitor segment to selected consumer and AV installation markets. Our products are found in an increasing number of home setups and AV installations, as well as in residential home theater systems, bringing music and soundtracks alive, as they were when recorded. Although the applications may vary, one thing remains the same: the desire to have the best possible sound reproduction.

Our Mission

The mission of Genelec is to help our customers to fulfill their dreams by offering them the most truthful sound reproduction possible.

Our Values

Belief, Enthusiasm, Honesty, Respect and Justice.

Our Vision

The most desired brand in Professional Audio Monitoring and selected quality-conscious niche markets.   

Genelec 40th Anniversary Book (1978 - 2018)

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Corporate Awards & Honors

1981 - Productive Idea Award (The Junior Chamber of Commerce and Kauppalehti Magazine)

1988 - Company of the Year (Iisalmi city, Entrepreneurs of Iisalmi and Cooperative Bank of Iisalmi)

1989 - Company of the Year (The Northern Savo area company prize, The Savo Entrepreneurs)

1990 - The National Business Award

1993 - The National Award for Export (Finnish Foreign Trade Association)

1995 - The President of Finland Award for Export

1999 - The Golden Key Award (The Union of Finnish Labour and MTV-3)

2005 - The Executive of the Year Award for CEO, Dr Ilpo Martikainen (Okobank & Kauppalehti)

2008 - Doctor of Science in Technology H.C. for Dr Ilpo Martikainen (Helsinki University of Technology)

2018 - Company Of The Year award, 2018 Pro Sound Awards