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Genelec 8020B Reviews

4.5 stars based on 1 customer review
  • from United States February 7, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician, Recording Engineer

    Very Good Sound, Astounding Build Quality

    I'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, and not stooped to gimmicky design queues and poor construction.

    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.

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