Jul 5

genelec-800-smart-active-monitors

I have always wanted some Genelec’s from Finland in my setup and this company continue to improve and update their product range which was already of a very good quality in the first place. The new Genelec 8000 Smart Active Monitors (SAM) are powered monitors with integrated DSP room correction software. Genelec’s AutoCal allows for automatic alignment of level, timing, and equalisation of room response anomalies.

Genelec’s older models the 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040 and 8050 contine to be available but with the Genelec 8000 Smart Active Monitors there is the new range of numbers 8320A 8330A 8240A, 8250A, 8351A etc.

The 8320A has a 4″ woofer and a 3/4″ tweeter, whilst the 8330 has 5″ woofer and a 3/4″ tweeter and they get larger. The 8240A has a 6.5″ woofer and a 3/4″ tweeter and 8250A has a 8″ inch woofer and a 1″ tweeter.

I think I would like 8240As but at nearly £2000 a pair these are a bit expensive for most people, which is why they brought out the 8320A and 8330A.

Both monitors although smaller reach bass frequencies below the 3kHz active crossover frequency through a rear-facing reflex port. They have separate 50W Class-D amplifiers providing a frequency response of 66Hz to 20kHz on the 8320A and 59Hz to 20 kHz on the 8330A. If you want you can also get a matching 5.1 active subwoofer, the 150W 7350A.

I think that whilst the 8320As costing £1000 are a bit small, they still do a fantastic job as you can see from the specifications above, so perhaps I might have a look at the 8330A. These still are relatively expensive however at approximately £1200.

I tried out the 8330a’s in my local store along with the subwoofer
and they sounded awesome. They were very clear and precise and the Sub provided a great bass end. The trouble is you don’t know how they will sound in your own room but having the integrated DSP room correction software, it has some great chances of assisting you in getting a better mix.

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