Genelec 8130A front and rear
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 imaging.
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 amplifiers.
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.