New 8130A active speakers are 192 kHz/24-bit savvy 15/02/05
Genelec 8130A front and rear
Another addition to the celebrated Genelec active range is the 8130A Digital Monitoring System, featuring both
AES/EBU digital and analogue inputs.
The 8130A, which boasts 192 kHz/24-bit digital audio interface and automatic
detection of word length and sampling frequency, is the latest addition to
Genelec’s critically acclaimed 8000 MDE™ Series of bi-amplified active
monitors. The compact system offers is designed for near-field monitoring offering excellent dispersion and precise stereo
The 8130A takes a new approach to enclosure design, driver technology and active
electronics and brings improved frequency and power responses.
The 8130A utilizes an all-aluminium MDE design with integrated Advanced
Directivity Controlled Waveguide™ (DCW™) to yield large internal volumes and
mechanical strength. Bass response has been widened down to 55 Hz (-3 dB) while distortion is substantially lower due to a unique new rear
port design. The 8130A has sufficient LF extension for most monitoring situations, however it can be complemented with Genelec’s 7050A subwoofer
(cutoff point 38 Hz) for additional low-end response.
Using an external D/A converter is always a potential problem due to
possible distortion of the signal or misalignment with the amplifiers, which
means the monitoring volume may need to be adjusted in the digital domain
instead of analogue. To ensure the highest quality digital and analogue
signal information, Genelec has addressed this potential problem in the
8130A by making sure the alignment of the entire system from the digital
input connection is carefully balanced. This includes automatic detection of
word length and sampling frequency as well as a perfect level match
throughout the system from D/A converter to power amplifier outputs.
The 8130A is simple to set up and use — the only connections required are
the mains supply and the line level input. The female XLR input connector
can be fed with either AES/EBU formatted digital signal or analogue line
level audio signal. The 8130A automatically detects analogue or digital
signals and directs them to the correct signal paths. When the 8130A is
presented with a dual-wire/single channel signal, detection is automatic and
the digital input mode is selected. Up to eight 8130A’s can be daisy-chained
together in digital or analogue mode through the two male XLR output
connectors on the control panel.
The 8130A — the facts
The 8130A 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
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 acoustic axis of the monitor to be accurately
directed at the listener and mechanically decouples the monitor from the
surface it rests on.
In addition to the new rounded enclosure design and driver selection, the
8130A features new crossover filters as well as the customary Genelec Bass
Tilt, Bass Roll-Off and Treble Tilt room response controls.
The 8130A is magnetically shielded for use in environments where video
monitors are in close proximity. Omnimount and Genelec monitor stand fixing
holes are also standard.