AES: Genelec Release New Near Field Monitors

Legendary active 1029A's replaced with new range      29/10/04
AES: Genelec Release New Near Field Monitors
There's lovely. Genelec 8030A inside and out

Genelec well respected for their active monitoring systems, (I'm listening to their excellent 1029A's right now) are showing a new line of near-field two-way systems. The new Genelec 8000 MDE™ Series of Bi-amplified Active Monitors is comprised of three models: the 8030A, 8040A, and 8050A. These new models have been designed to replace the 1029A, 1030A, and 1031A, respectively. As in the development of the 7000 LSE™ Series subwoofers, the new 8000 MDE Series takes a new approach to enclosure design, driver technology, and active electronics. In order to improve frequency and power responses, Genelec has designed a highly innovative enclosure, featuring rounded edges and gently curved front and sides. In addition to unsurpassed frequency response, the minimized cabinet edge diffraction provides superb imaging qualities. All three models utilize an entirely aluminum MDE design with integrated Advanced Directivity Controlled Waveguide™ (DCW™), yielding large internal volumes with and outstanding mechanical strength. “As the company changes models only when real performance improvements could be available, the design brief of the new 8000 Series called for reduction of all sorts of distortions, both linear and non-linear,” comments Ilpo Martikainen, MD of Genelec. “After careful analysis of what improvements would be technically and economically feasible with current technology, our engineering department devoted more than two years to bringing all these resolutions together.” Martikainen concludes, “The 8000 Series are most likely the finest professional monitoring systems available in the marketplace today.” The 8030A, the smallest of the series, features a 5-inch bass driver along with a 3/4-inch tweeter loaded into a new Advanced DCW™. The free-field frequency response is 58 Hz to 20 kHz (±2.0 dB). Peak SPL per pair is 108 dB, driven by a pair of 40 Watt amplifiers. The intermediate sized 8040A incorporates a newly designed 6-inch woofer and a 3/4-inch tweeter also set into the Advanced Genelec DCW. The free-field frequency response is 48 Hz to 20 kHz (±2.0 dB). Peak SPL per pair is 115 dB, achieved utilizing 90 Watt amplifiers for each driver. The 8050A is the largest model. Like its predecessor, the 1031A, it utilizes a new proprietary 8-inch bass driver and a 1-inch tweeter also set into the Advanced DCW. The 8050A will produce peak SPLs of 120 dB with a free-field frequency response of 38 Hz to 20 kHz (±2.0 dB). Bass and treble amplification is 150 and 120 Watts respectively. Also included with each 8000 Series monitoring system is the unique Genelec Iso-Pod™, Isolation – Positioner Decoupler. The Iso-Pod is a clever mounting stand that allows for monitoring in either vertical or horizontal orientation. It enables the end user to accurately aim the acoustic axis of the monitor to the listener, as well as mechanically decouple it from the surface on which it rests. In addition to the new rounded enclosure design and driver selection, the 8040A and 8050A models also feature new crossover filters and room response controls. A Desktop (console) Bass Control has been added along with the customary Genelec Bass Tilt, Bass Roll-off, and Treble Tilt Controls. All 8000 Series systems are magnetically shielded for use in environments where video monitors are in close proximity. Omnimount and Genelec monitor stand fixing holes are also standard for all three models. The new Genelec 8000 MDE™ Series of Bi-amplified Active Monitors are available immediately. The 8030A comes in white and silver, in addition to black, while the 8040A and 8050A are offered in white as well as black.
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