Genelec 8020BItem ID: 8020B
40-watt Active Studio Monitor with 4" Woofer, 3/4" Tweeter, Rear-panel EQ Controls, and Aluminum Enclosure (ea)
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No-compromise Monitor for Space-starved Studio Setups!The Genelec 8020B active nearfield monitor gives you amazingly clear, accurate sound from a very compact speaker! Genelec builds the quality you've come to expect into each 8020B, from the distinctive cast-aluminum enclosure to the premium 4" LF driver and 3/4" tweeter to the dual 20-watt amplifiers. You'll be amazed at the big, natural sound you get from such a small enclosure! Now, you don't have to compromise on accurate monitoring — even if your space is limited. Equipped with an Iso-Pod stand, The Genelec 8020B is also ready for stand- or wall-mount applications.
Studios all over the world rely on Genelec monitor systems every day. For accuracy and consistency they can't be beat! Now Genelec has delivered its smallest speaker system to date with the new 8020B. This system is designed for monitoring in difficult listening environments, especially those compromised by lack of space.
Genelec 8020B Active Monitor Speaker at a Glance:
The characteristics of the 8000 Series in a compact size
All the natural, uncolored, and extremely low distortion reproduction characteristics of the highly praised Genelec 8000 series are here in the 8020B, with a low-frequency extension you would never expect. Size is no handicap to performance with the 8020B! It incorporates Genelec's acoustic design innovations to minimize all forms of distortion. The 8020B has a die-cast aluminium Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE), which features relatively large internal volumes, softly curved edges, and outstanding mechanical strength. As a result, the 8020B's imaging accuracy and low frequency extension with such a compact enclosure are truly astounding.
Remarkable response from 4" bass driver and 3/4" tweeter
Each 8020B monitor features a 4" bass driver along with a 3/4" tweeter loaded into a new advanced Genelec Directivity Controlled Waveguide (DCW) for optimum dispersion of highs. The free field frequency response is 66Hz to 20kHz (±2.5dB). Bass and treble are each powered by 20-watt amplifiers. By adding the 7050B subwoofer to a pair of 8020Bs you create a full bandwidth surround system with genuine Genelec quality.
Improved frequency and power performance from MDE enclosure
In order to improve frequency and power responses in the 8020B and other 8000 Series monitors, Genelec created the highly innovative Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE), featuring rounded edges and gently curved front and sides. In addition to unsurpassed frequency response, the 8020B's minimized cabinet edge diffraction yields superb imaging qualities.
DCW waveguide enhances sweet spot
The 8020B's revolutionary Directivity Controlled Waveguide (DCW) has been further enhanced to provide extremely accurate control of the speaker's directivity. This specially-shaped and very smooth surface is integrated with the 8020B enclosure and its area has been maximized to achieve an astoundingly flat on and off-axis frequency response. It provides a wide and consistent listening window, and minimizes harmful early room reflections and other colorations associated with conventional designs.
Optimized die-cast aluminum structure
The 8020B is housed in Genelec's stiff and sturdy, yet thin and light die-cast aluminum enclosure. The cabinet wall curvature has been designed for best rigidity-to-weight ratio and optimal damping to minimize wall resonances. This also maximizes the internal volume, improving low-frequency response. The extremely durable semi-matte finish and acoustically optimized metal grilles allow for intensive handling without damaging the monitor. To increase the woofer's low frequency extension and SPL capacity, Genelec has designed an ingenious flow optimized reflex port. The long, curved tube maximizes airflow so deep bass can be reproduced without compression. The tube terminates with a wide flare, minimizing port noises and providing excellent bass articulation.
Iso-Pod Isolation Positioner/Decoupler
Every Genelec 8000 series monitor comes with an Iso-Pod (Isolation Positioner/Decoupler) as standard. The rubber based Iso-Pod has adjustable speaker tilt so that the acoustical axis can be pointed precisely towards the listener for best sound reproduction. The isolation feature prevents coloration caused by conduction of unwanted vibration to the mixing console or other mounting surface. Plus, the 8020B includes provisions for mounting on a mic stand or on the wall.
Genelec 8020B Active Monitor Speaker Features:
The Genelec 8020B is a mighty mite of a monitor!
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Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
Reviewsbased on 1 review
Very Good Sound, Astounding Build Quality
by Kevin from United StatesI've had these monitors for 5 months, and aside from the sound, my two favorite aspects are still their size and their quality. I am thankful that Genelec's engineers have focused on true quality, an... read more [+]d not stooped to gimmicky design queues and poor construction.
February 7, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer
These monitors are solidly built. The mesh grills on both the woofer and tweeter are very strong. The "Genelec" logo is part of the molded aluminum which makes up the casing - not a glued-on emblem. These are very heavy for their size, and their stability in the sound-stage at higher levels reflects this.
I compared these to Yamaha and Focal. The best way to describe the difference is increased depth of field. These speakers are not about ear-candy (though I enjoy listening to all my music through them), but more about mix-ability. Each track is very distinguishable, and the vocal track especially seems to stand out as if it is closer to you. I like this a lot because it makes vocal mixing more reliable and less fatiguing.
There are some complaints I have, the first being bass response. For their size, it is actually very impressive, and best of all, it is very clear and defined bass. But, it is still not enough for some music styles. You have to crank them up to feel the bass, and at lower volumes, you will miss many sub frequencies you need to properly mix. In the end, you may want to supplement with some kind of subwoofer.
And a minor issue is the XLR connector positioning; some XLR cables with rubber reinforcement may be scrunched due to the connectors' straight-down angle.
Overall, these are pricier than other options, but when they arrive and you pull them out of their boxes, you immediately understand why. Then you begin to mix with them and really understand why. close [-]
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