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Genelec 8030 vs. 8040
Old 23rd June 2005
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Genelec 8030 vs. 8040

Just got a pair of Genelec 8030's as a second pair of monitors, but I like'em so much more then my Dynaudio AIR15 that I consider them as my primary pair. I still miss some of the depth my AIR15 has. My vendor has told me I can still make the swith to 8040...

From what I understand the size of the monitor should be determined from the listening distance wich in my case is about two feet as I only use a keyboard and mouse and not a console.
Does that mean a pair of 8040 would give an inacurate image of the sound when having such a short listening distance, or would they simply provid a fuller sound with more low end? I want the solution that translates my mixes the best.

I'm a bit confused what to do...
Old 23rd June 2005
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If you've got the opportunity to upgrade to 8040's you'll end up with a much better package, even at that close distance. Imaging will still be fine, and you get more controls on the back for tuning. About the only thing you will miss is the volume control on the front.
Old 23rd June 2005
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I'll call my vendor tomorrow and ask for a 8040 test over the weekend....but how about those 8050's anyone tried them too?
Old 27th June 2005
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Actually, I HAVE decided now to take my 8030 back and get either the 8040 or the 8050...

C'mon guyes, anyone tried both pairs?
Old 27th June 2005
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For the same price I´ll go for KRK V8´s.
For a little bit more, ADAM´s.
Old 27th June 2005
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The bigger the speaker the louder it goes. If you need need volume go for the bigger ones
Old 27th June 2005
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Genelec designs its speakers in a series to sound the same except for max volume capability and low frequency range. This is why you can combine models within one step of eachother for a 5.1 system. For instance 8040s for the front 3 and 8030s for the rear 2. Not so with 8050s and 8030s.

I have owned and listened to all 3 as well as the 1030 series. Glad you traded up to the 8040s. The 8050s are great because you can listen down to 32hz without a sub so you have a full range speaker in a relatively compact package. They cost more but you won't need to buy a sub.

The rear controls are great for allowing you to tailor the speaker response to your room.

Audy O
Old 27th June 2005
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8040 "s with 7060 sub
Old 28th June 2005
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8040 with 7060 sub, why do you think this is a better alternative then the 8050's?

It's a lot more expensing when trowing in a sub, right?
Old 28th June 2005
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i have the 8030a w/ the 7050a sub.
i also use the 8030a as a remote monitor, which is what i do mostly, apart from programming.
the new 7050b sub goes down another almost half octave and it's wired up to 5.1 as well as having a continuosly variable phase adjustment. i think they kept the MSRP the same.
Old 28th June 2005
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i just got a brand new pair of the 8040's for 1300
i'm so lucky with gear prices lol
Old 21st June 2006
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8040's for $1300?

Where! Hook me up please!!!!
Old 21st June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by moeses
i just got a brand new pair of the 8040's for 1300
i'm so lucky with gear prices lol
Are you sure you didn't purchase a single one. Alot of the website advertise the price for 8040's per speaker, rather than per pair.

The 8040's are the bomb though! It's like having a huge canvas to paint on. Insane.

Rez
Old 21st June 2006
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Originally Posted by blackcom
Actually, I HAVE decided now to take my 8030 back and get either the 8040 or the 8050...

C'mon guyes, anyone tried both pairs?

Yes. I'm partial to the 8040 over the 8050 for mixing applications. I use neither, by the way... but I stay close to the performance of various mixing speakers, and visit various mixing engineers all the time, and have had demos brought over here by rep.

Why am I partial to the 8040 over the 8050? The 8040 sounds more neutrally balanced, the 8050 a little too much presence in the upper midrange. Genelect says that's impossible, but I can only tell you what I hear.

The only "downside" is the 8040 does not play as loudly as an 8050 can. So what!

BK
Old 21st June 2006
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Mixing on 8040 is a real dream. I am not up with distances and all but the lower range is somethng that has never come off so flat and neutral .
Old 22nd June 2006
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This question is primarily for Bob Katz (but everyone's advice is appreciated):

You have posted about how you like the 8040s over the 8050s... I am saving for a new pair of monitors and I am looking at the 8030s and 8040s; assuming the 8040s are at the upper-end of my price range (which they are), are the 8030s still a good buy in the $1000-$1500/pair price range or would you suggest something else in this price range?

Or should I bite the bullet and wait until I can afford the 8040s??

Thanks a lot,

J.D.
Old 22nd June 2006
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i use the 8030a's with a KRK RP10s sub, properly crossed-over at 58hz.

no complaints at all.
Old 22nd June 2006
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AdamJay, I love your avatar... just wondering, which is your favourite 500-series preamp and have you demoed the Elixir??

Oh, and are the 8030s your primary nearfields??

J.D.
Old 22nd June 2006
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where are the mids in genelec´s??????????? I´ve never controlled guit, vox and snare on them. I hate them in spite of the fact that we have a pair of 1030´s at our studio. The new ones sound ever worse.
Old 22nd June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdjustice
which is your favourite 500-series preamp
Tie between A-Designs P1 and SH Mono Gama

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and have you demoed the Elixir??
No.

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Oh, and are the 8030s your primary nearfields??
Yes.
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