Genelec 8010A 50W 3" Powered Studio Monitor
Gearank High Notes
- October 2019: Equal Highest Rated Studio Monitor between $300 and $500
Usually only found on the upper echelons of the market, Genelec is a brand trusted by many professionals and is used in many high-end studios.
Thankfully, they have an entry in the sub $500 market, giving us the chance to experience what pros use, albeit in a smaller package.
Speaking of small, this powered studio monitor houses a tiny 3" woofer and .75" tweeter, so expect less volume and low end from it than you would on larger speakers. This is the reason many users pair it with a Studio Subwoofer.
With its volume limitation aside, its midrange clarity is very useful in small home studio situations, it is also an ideal portable solution for those who want to carry a studio monitor with them.
- Driver: 3" Woofer, 0.75" Dome Tweeter
- Amplifier: 25W LF, 25W HF
- Inputs: 1 x XLR
- Frequency Response: 67Hz-25kHz (-6dB)
- Crossover Frequency: 3kHz
- Enclosure: Ported
- Dimensions: 7.67" x 4.76" x 4.5"
- Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Those familiar with the bigger and more expensive Genelec monitors attest to the similarity of the smaller 8010's sonic quality. Many also commented that ear fatigue is not an issue with this speaker, thanks to its low distortion performance and its clean mids and highs. Portability was also seen as a plus for some users who do mobile recording setups or want to mix on familiar speakers away from their own studio.
Obviously, the low end will lack but it can get the job done for most music types. Those who need more bass can add a studio subwoofer.
Most people think "big studio" when they hear "Genelec" but the brand challenges that notion by offering a small but surprisingly clear and versatile monitor speaker. If you're looking for a portable studio monitor, or if you have a small studio space to work with, the Genelec 8010A is highly recommended.
Although these used to be on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available in our guide to The Best Studio Monitors.