Genelec 8030A by Tjad
After owning a pair of old Genelec 1030A active near field monitors for years, I tested Genelec 8020A, 8030A and 8040A speakers for a 5.1 surround setup. I was originally attracted to Gelelecs by their ability to reveal fine details in music (I actually found new instruments from some of my favourite albums) and the excellent stereo imaging - when listening to well made recording, it really felt like listening to live artists instead of monitoring speakers. 8000 series retain these two abilities and it was nice to discover that the new design (with aluminium casing instead of wooden, and so on) was not just for looks, but actually the sound was further improved.
The 8030A has, in my opinion, the best performance/price ratio of Genelec's active near field monitor speakers. It's noticeably better than the smaller 8020A, especially in midrange, where 8020A feels to have a bit less presence for female vocals or high male vocals. On the other hand, 8030A doesn't sound noticeably worse than the bigger 8040A. 8040A offers a bit more bass, but otherwise they're very similar.
Accurate, non hyped sound. Good recordings sound brilliant, bad recordings, well - these are unforgiving. Some might say the sound is a bit uninspiring or clinical, but I'm happy to report it's actually less clinical than it's predecessors. Great stereo imaging and very detailed treble. Good bass response for such a small sized speaker. Still, for final mixing/mastering stage you should hook it up with a sub.
Easy to recommend if you're looking for uncolored sound.