Genelec 8260A 10" 3-way Powered Studio Monitor

390W Powered Tri-amped Studio Monitor with Digital Input, DSP Signal Processing, and Die-cast Aluminum Enclosure (each)
Genelec 8260A 10
Genelec 8260A 10
$5,095.00 (each)
Sweetwater Savings: $600.00 MSRP: $5,695.00

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Genelec 8260A 10" 3-way Powered Studio Monitor
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$5,095.00 (each)

Astonishingly Accurate, Amazingly Easy to Use

If your studio is all about zero-compromise performance and exactingly accurate sound reproduction, then we have your ultimate monitor. Genelec's active 8260A packs more than enough power into a tri-amped configuration that will blow you away. Its impressive 10" bass driver is complemented with a 5" midrange driver and a 3/4" Al-dome tweeter. The tweeter and midrange driver are concentrically mounted, which saves space. But, Genelec also ingeniously made the midrange cone form part of the waveguide. Add the onboard DSP signal processing and compatibility (via Genelec's proprietary GLM network) with other 8200-series speakers, and you have a formidable studio tool in the 8260A.

Genelec 8260A Active 3-way Digital Reference Monitor Features:
  • Digital Input: AES/EBU (single/dual wire)
  • Connector type: XLR Female input
  • Input sampling rate: 32-192kHz
  • Control network: Proprietary Genelec Loudspeaker Manager network (GLM)
  • System calibration: AutoCal, GLM manual, Stand-alone
  • SPL, maximum short time sine wave acoustic output at 1 m on axis in half space, averaged from 100Hz to 3kHz: greater than or equal to 113 dB SPL, maximum peak acoustic output per pair with music material: greater than or equal to 123dB SPL @ 1m
  • Bass driver: 10"
  • Midrange driver: 5" laminate cone
  • HF driver: 3/4" coaxial Al-dome
  • Crossover frequencies: 490Hz, 2.6kHz
  • Free field frequency response: 29Hz-21kHz (± 1dB)
  • Bass amplifier power: 150W
  • Midrange amp power: 120W
  • Treble amp power: 120W
  • Speaker dimensions: 22-7/16" H x 14-1/16" W x 13-5/8 W (Height with Iso-Pod: 23-3/8")
  • Speaker weight: 60.5 lbs.
  • Includes network cable and Iso-Pod (Isolation Positioner/Decoupler)
Don't compromise! Listen to your audio through Genelec's stunning 8260A monitor and hear what you've been missing!

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Additional Media

Studio Monitor Buying Guide
Hands On Review: Genelec 8260A
2011 MIPA Award Winners

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Tri-amped
LF Driver Size 10" (Low), 5" (Mid)
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 0.75"
HF Driver Type Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 150W (Low), 120W (Mid)
HF Driver Power Amp 120W
Total Power 390W
Frequency Range 29Hz-21kHz (+/-1 dB)
Crossover Frequency 490Hz, 2.6kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 123 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR (Analog), 1 x AES/EBU (XLR)
Output Types 1 x Digital Thru (AES/EBU)
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 22.44"
Width 14"
Depth 13.66"
Weight 60.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 8260APM

Customer Reviews

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Comparison of 8260A to Tannoy Ellipse 10 idp

I had the opportunity to participate in a double blind study/evaluation/comparison of these two monitor systems. The setup was stereo in a room that was certified for nearfield and midfield monitoring. All of the participants were blindfolded. All of the participants were allowed to bring their own hi-res recordings for playback. After two 1 hour listening sessions ( time in between to remove the first set and setup the second) of 9 recordings of extremely different genres of music through each, 8 of the 9 participants (I was one of the 8) felt that the presentation of the Tannoy Ellipse 10 idp monitors was more transparent, had a greater dynamic range, and produced better sound stage imaging than the Genelec 8260As. I give the 8260As 3 stars and the Ellipse 10 idps 4.5 stars.
Music background: Afro-Cuban bassist and acoustical engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Joseph Secu

I just recently had the pleasure of test-driving a pair of the Genelec 8260A monitors for a couple weeks and all I have to say is WOW! Let's talk about bass response first. Bass is deep, clean, and tight, but never too boomy or hyped. There's plenty of power and punch. Midrange and high frequency clarity is outstanding. Never felt too fatiguing to the ears, either. Imaging was extremely clear and detailed. I heard height, depth, and air. I enjoyed re-listening to a bunch of my SACD's. I played a variety of music through the the 8260A's and found that these speakers can handle anything and everything you put through them. I wish I had more time with these - I didn't want to give them back!


You have to have great monitors to really hear what's going on in your tracking, mixing, and mastering sessions. And I've just spent time with some of the most phenomenal studio monitors I've ever had the pleasure of hearing in my studio: the Genelec 8260A monitors. Did I really hear what was going on in my sessions? You better believe it! The 8260As are midfield monitors featuring a 10" woofer, a 5" mid driver, and a 3/4" tweeter. The drivers are tri-amped with 390 watts of power - plenty of power to blow you away, if that's what you want! There are two ways to use the 8260As with your rig. You can connect them via analog connections and use them as conventional studio monitors. You can also connect them digitally to the AES/EBU outputs of your DAW's audio interface. Either way, they sound spectacular: huge, rich, full, articulate, dynamic, punchy, and natural. The bass extension goes way deep. The highs sparkle but are never harsh. These are speakers you can trust to be accurate, and they are gentle enough not to fatigue your ears during long sessions. But you can take it even further by networking the 8260As together with your computer using Genelec's proprietary GLM technology. This lets you connect a microphone and have the speaker automatically tune itself to your room via sophisticated DSP (digital signal processing). The result is stunning. Just the straight speakers sound wonderful, but when you optimize them for your space, things get even better. Quality and capability this massive isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for show-stopping monitors to power your studio, then definitely give the 8260As a long, serious look. You won't be disappointed. These are incredible speakers.
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See also: Powered Monitors, Genelec, Genelec Active Monitors