Genelec 8040B 6.5" Powered Studio Monitor

Powered Bi-amplified Studio Monitor with 90W 6.5" Woofer and 90W .75" Metal Dome Tweeter (each)
Genelec 8040B 6.5
Genelec 8040B 6.5
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Nearfield Monitors with Massive Sound!

The Genelec 8040BPM studio monitor is a major upgrade from their 8040A model, adding ISS power management to an already amazing nearfield monitor. Boasting performance comparable to much larger systems, but in a compact package, the bi-amplified Genelec 8040BPM is ideal for use in many situations where a wide frequency response is needed but space is limited. Whether you're building your project studio, outfitting your mobile rig, or upgrading your editing suite, you're going to be glad you got your Genelec 8040BPM studio monitors from Sweetwater.

Genelec 8040BPM Bi-Amplified Monitor at a Glance:
  • Minimum Diffraction Enclosure for superb imaging
  • Genelec's Directivity Control Waveguide enhances directivity
  • High performance reflex port design
  • High audio output with low distortion
  • Protected by Genelec's ISS power management system
  • Versatile mounting options plus special IsoPod stand
Minimum Diffraction Enclosure for superb imaging

The 8040BPM features Genelec's MDE (Minimum Diffraction Enclosure) enclosure with rounded edges and gently curved front and sides. This allows the 8040BPM to achieve a very smooth frequency response and superb imaging qualities with minimized cabinet edge diffraction.

Genelec's Directivity Control Waveguide enhances directivity

Like all Genelec 8000 Series monitors, the 8040BPM also features the advanced Genelec Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW). The revolutionary DCW has been further enhanced to provide extremely accurate control of the 8040BPM's directivity. Genelec designed this specially shaped, very smooth surface and integrated it with the enclosure. Its area has been maximized to achieve an astoundingly flat on- and off-axis frequency response. As a result, the 8040BPM has an astoundingly wide, flat frequency response both on- and off-axis. This also gives the 8040BPM superb imaging qualities and less listening fatigue.

High performance reflex port design

To increase the 8040BPM woofer's low-frequency extension and SPL capacity, Genelec designed an ingenious flow-optimized reflex port. The long, curved tube maximizes airflow, so the 8040BPM can reproduce deep bass without compression. The tube terminates with a wide flare, minimizing port noises and providing excellent bass articulation. An optimized die-cast aluminium structure with extremely durable semi-matte finish and acoustically optimized metal grilles add to the 8040BPM's acoustic excellence.

High audio output with low distortion

Genelec's low distortion drivers (6.5" bass speakers and 3/4" metal dome tweeters) are driven by the 8040BPM's dedicated 90-watt bass and treble amplifiers after sophisticated filtering. Magnetic shielding, overload protection circuitry, and versatile room response controls are standard.

Protected by Genelec's ISS power management system

Thanks to Genelec's Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) power management system, you never have to remember to shut down your 8040BPM monitors again. ISS constantly checks for input signal. After a while, if ISS doesn't detect anything, it switches your 8040BPM over to a low-power sleep state, safeguarding your gear and sparing you the wasted electricity.

Versatile mounting options plus special IsoPod stand

The versatile mounting features on the 8040BPM include integrated rear support points for wall and floor stands plus a further M10 thread for mounting on the cabinet base. In addition, every Genelec 8040BPM monitor comes with a standard IsoPod (Isolation Positioner/Decoupler). The IsoPod is a clever mounting stand, which allows the 8040BPM to perform in either the vertical or horizontal position. The IsoPod also enables the acoustic axis of the monitor to be aimed at the listener while acoustically and mechanically decoupling the monitor from the surface it is resting on.

Genelec 8040BPM Bi-Amplified Monitor Features:
  • Compact, versatile nearfield monitor for project studios, workstations, and surround components
  • Special low-distortion 6.5" woofer and 3/4" metal dome tweeter
  • Outfitted with Genelec's Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) power management system
  • Separate 90-watt bass and treble amplifiers
  • 115dB SPL @ 1m (short term RMS; peak per pair with music material)
  • Free field frequency response 48Hz to 20kHz (+/- 2dB)
  • 13-13/16" H x 9-3/8" W x 8-13/16" D (height with IsoPod: 14-3/8")
The Genelec 8040BPM nearfield monitor: large monitor sound in a smaller package!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 6.5"
HF Driver Size 0.75"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 90W
HF Driver Power Amp 90W
Total Power 180W
Frequency Range 48Hz-20kHz (±2 dB)
Crossover Frequency 3kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 115 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR
Output Types 1 x XLR
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 13.78"
Width 9.33"
Depth 8.78"
Weight 18.9 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 8040BPM

Customer Reviews

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I can't begin to express how much I love these things. I was looking for a relatively flat, brutally honest pair of monitors and settled for the Genelec 8040's. Thus far, they have exceeded my expectations. The build quality is outstanding and the sound appears to be relatively uncolored. Absolutely no distortion when played at high volume. My room isn't outstanding, but the -4db roll off dip switch worked wonders (along with a few other tweaks). Bass articulation is great, and there's plenty of it. I doubt you'll find need for a sub. These things are brutally honest. You'll hear the slightest EQ, compressor, and gate adjustments. You'll hear details in your favorite songs that you've never heard before. Reverb tails for days! The soundstage and stereo spread is excellent. The sweet spot is large and enveloping. Please, for the love of god, invest in high quality stands and proper acoustic treatment for your room. Mine aren't singing quite the way they're capable of due to minimal acoustic treatment in my room. I purchased mine with large ISOAcoustic stands and feel they may be slightly too large. Go for the medium if you're considering these.


You can't go wrong with these. Smooth, accurate, excellent bass for the size. Would be 5 stars except there are other monitors nearly as good for less (Mackie, for example).

Pro Monitors not for the Amateur

When it comes to listening, I've been doing that for forty years! So I don't skimp on really good monitors. These replaced my JBL LSRs. Which is a very good system. For me, I realized the upgrade from JBLs from the first few notes of Al Dimeola. Now I am hooked on Genelec for life. I am not going to go into any technical talk and all of that. The best thing is do your do diligence and listen, listen, and listen. This is an excellent pair of monitors studio monitors!
Music background: Engineer

genelec 8040B

Compared to my 7 year old adamS1A (what is now the S1X), the Genelec 8040B has much more lowend beef. Surprisiong because the Adams show in their specs that they start at 40 Hz and the 8040 at 48. Not true. Genelecs go lower the the Adam S1A. In my heavily basstrapped 4 x 3 mtr-room the Adam's fell away in the lowend. The Genelecs give me the feel back of the lowend. The Adams have a 6 inch woofer, the Genelecs 6,5. I use both monitorsets still. The volume of the Genelecs is way higher then the Adams, they have much much more power to fill a room. a commercial dance producer showcased them to me in his 4 x 4 mtr studios and told me that he tried the 8050 also but preferred the sub needed ... probably.its quite a safe monitor as far as acoustic problems concers. not as wauw as the opals i could try in my setup but more then decent. and in europa where i live, 2000 us$ a set. they are for sure good for electronic dance music.
Music background: hobbyist, edm
See also: Powered Monitors, Genelec, Genelec Active Monitors