Genelec Announces 8020B Bi-Amplified Active Monitoring System Upgrade
Genelec has announced the 8020B Bi-Amplified Active Monitoring System, an update to the successful 8020A, offering improved features with a particular emphasis placed on environmental care. The system has been designed for monitoring work in difficult listening environments, particularly those compromised by lack of space. The 8020B, despite its space-saving size, incorporates Genelec’s acoustic design innovations to minimize all forms of distortion in all listening environments.
The basic change in the “B” model is the addition of a mains power switch, now located on the enclosure’s rear panel. The rotary front panel control is used for sound level adjustment only. The audio signal can still be muted (the front LED stays on) in turning the front panel volume knob fully counterclockwise, but actual mains power is only switched off using the rear panel on/off power switch, which turns the front LED on/off. This also enables turning the power off without changing the set level, as in all of Genelec’s other products. Along with this change, the second rear-mounted XLR connector has been removed. This new control configuration offers new options for environmentally conscious users and those looking to cut down on energy consumption
The 8020B’s die-cast aluminum Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) features relatively large internal volumes; visually-pleasing, softly curved edges; and outstanding mechanical strength. The 8020B’s advanced Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) technology provides an amazingly smooth on- and off-axis response. The long, curved reflex port ends in a wide flare for excellent bass articulation. As a result, the 8020B offers astounding imaging accuracy and low-frequency extension.
The 8020B features a four-inch (105-mm) bass driver along with a 0.75-inch (19-mm) tweeter loaded into a new advanced Genelec Directivity Waveguide. The free field frequency response is 66 Hz to 20 kHz (± 2.5 dB). The system is capable of delivering sound pressure levels of up to 105 dB maximum peak acoustic output per pair (measured with music audio), at a distance of 39.37″ (one meter). Bass and treble are each powered by 20-Watt amplifiers.
The 8020B can be combined with Genelec’s 7050B Laminar Spiral Enclosure (LSETM) subwoofer to provide a powerful, bass-managed and wide bandwidth stereo or surround-sound monitoring system.
Genelec’s 8020B Bi-Amplified Active Monitoring System will be available this Summer for $575.