Genelec 8020C 4" Powered Studio Monitor

40-watt Powered Studio Monitor with 4" Woofer, 3/4" Tweeter, Rear-panel EQ Controls, Power Management, and Aluminum Enclosure (each)
Genelec 8020C 4
Genelec 8020C 4
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Genelec 8020C 4" Powered Studio Monitor
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No-compromise Monitor for Space-starved Studio Setups!

The Genelec 8020C 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 8020C, from the distinctive cast-aluminum enclosure to the premium 4" LF driver and 3/4" tweeter to the dual 20-watt amplifiers and ISS Power Management. 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 8020C can also be stand- or wall-mounted.

Genelec 8020C Active Monitor Speaker at a Glance:
  • The characteristics of the 8000 Series in a compact size
  • ISS Power Management saves you energy
  • Remarkable response from 4" bass driver and 3/4" tweeter
  • Improved frequency and power performance from MDE enclosure
  • DCW waveguide enhances sweet spot
  • Cast aluminum enclosure for optimum stiffness
ISS Power Management saves precious energy

Genelec's Intelligent Signal Sensing feature (ISS) automatically switches the active 8020C to standby, reducing power consumption to less than half a watt when no audio signal has been detected a while. When it receives an audio signal again, the loudspeaker turns back on. Fully compliant with the latest EU requirements and the ErP 2013 directive for electronic devices, ISS is good for the environment, and will save you money on your studio electricity bill. It's a win-win proposition!

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 8020C, with a low-frequency extension you would never expect. Size is no handicap to performance with the 8020C! It incorporates Genelec's acoustic design innovations to minimize all forms of distortion. The 8020C 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 8020C'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 8020C 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 8020C 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 8020C's minimized cabinet edge diffraction yields superb imaging qualities.

DCW waveguide enhances sweet spot

The 8020C'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 8020C 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 8020C 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 8020C includes provisions for mounting on a mic stand or on the wall.

Genelec 8020C Active Monitor Speaker Features:
  • Small, two-way active nearfield monitor
  • Aluminum MDE enclosure
  • Drive units: magnetically shielded 4" low frequency and .75" high-frequency
  • Frequency response 55Hz-21kHz
  • Max peak SPL out per pair 105dB at 1 meter
  • Balanced in on XLR connector
  • Integrated crossover and amps - 20 watts lows, 20 watts highs
  • ISS Power Management saves precious energy
  • EQ controls on rear panel
  • On/Off switch
  • Perfect for 2200 cubic ft./pair
  • Iso-Pod mounting stand included
  • Integrated omnimount series 20.5 mounting threads and 3/8" microphone stand threads
The Genelec 8020C is a mighty mite of a monitor!

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Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 4"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 0.75"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 20W
HF Driver Power Amp 20W
Total Power 40W
Frequency Range 66Hz-20kHz (±2.5 dB)
Crossover Frequency 3kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 105 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 8.9"
Width 5.94"
Depth 5.6"
Weight 8.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 8020CPM

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Excellence in a Small Package

These speakers, with their built in amplifiers, provide a very even spectrum of sound. In addition, the dip switch activated attenuators allow for some customization related to the work space. They are on the small side, however. This is good for smaller spaces, because you can get superb sound without feeling cramped. On the other hand, they are probably best used as near field monitors. They would be hard pressed to provide quality stereo even in a modestly sized room. A triangle with each side at eight feet is probably the maximum size for the best listening experience, and that would be pushing them.

One serious little monitor

Bought these for "studio B" application and got way more than I expected. Nice stable imaging, and unbelievably good frequency spectral balance from such a small loudspeaker - even when placed close to the wall. It's roll-off switches make set-up pretty quick and easy when used in less-than-ideal rooms. I also like the build quality and physical heft of these little guys. Solid and professional. Another thing I like about them might sound a little silly to some folks, but they fit in nicely with my other equipment. I have api, Bricasti, and Universal Audio outboard. It would be weird to pair that stuff with some of the less expensive monitors out there. In my estimation, the Genelecs - even the small ones - are right up there with everything else. That's a good feeling. I'm going to keep these.
Music background: Remote recording, CD mastering.
See also: Powered Monitors, Genelec, Genelec Active Monitors