The Genelec 8010A is the smallest studio monitor model of the series and has a high-end price for a mini-monitor. It may not be the most affordable of all the mini-monitors currently on the market but its sonic performance and sound quality are definitely some of the very best. Even so, the Genelec 8010A is still limited by its own physical size and when it comes to deep bass reproduction, there’s a high chance it won’t be adept enough to perform well.
We can supplement the bass performance of the Genelec 8010A by integrating an active subwoofer. The subwoofer will be the one that is producing the subsonic bass frequencies which the 8010A studio monitors are unable to deliver. Other than finding a matching sub for the Genelec 8010A, we will also need to finalize all your subwoofer requirements as they will influence your choice heavily.
Sonic Characteristics of the Genelec 8010A and Your Subwoofer Requirements
These are really compact studio monitors and will be great for a small studio. If you are planning to set up a high-quality desktop stereo sound system, the Genelec 8010A will be a fine pair of active speakers to go for. They are also ideal for rooms or desktops with very limited space. The Genelec 8010A has a 0.75″ (19mm) treble driver and right below it will be the small 3″ (76mm) bass driver. There is a rear-firing reflex bass port which you can use to make the bass output a little more pronounced by placing them nearer to the back walls. You can also choose the Room Response Controls to adjust the bass output.
The Room Response Controls are very versatile and enabled us to optimize the Genelec 8010A with ease. Another notable feature will be the provided Iso-Pod stand, this will decouple the 8010A from the supporting surface, reducing unwanted vibrations and resonance. It is also loud enough for nearfield listening and has decent amplifier power. These are premium mini-monitors powered by custom-tuned amplifiers, enabling the Genelec 8010A to provide us with award-winning sound quality. Furthermore, these compact monitors sound larger than expected.
They are very balanced mini studio monitors, providing us with a very accurate and detailed musical performance. The treble is extended and clear without sounding harsh even when pushed. This is great for long listening hours as you won’t feel listeners’ fatigue when working with the Genelec 8010A. There is no highlighted treble or over-exaggeration, the sound reproduction is precise and flat. The bass performance is agile and fast, it could punch quite hard when it is required to. Furthermore, the bass frequencies are detailed and textured, blending in seamlessly with the higher registers.
When it comes to deep bass reproduction, you can start to notice the Genelec 8010A falling off the radar. This is as expected and this is also one of the reasons why a subwoofer is invented. The active subwoofer will be capable of supplementing the bass performance of your sound system and delivering subterranean low-ends effortlessly. You should work on your budget first and see how much you are willing to spend on an active sub. Needless to say, the higher the budget, the more choices you can go for. You might want to discuss this with your partners who are sharing the cost with you.
Other requirements to consider will be the size of the subwoofer driver, you will need a large bass driver to fill a bigger studio but for nearfield listening and small rooms, usually, a decent-sized sub would be enough. You should require a compact size subwoofer if you have limited space. You might want to consider how deep you prefer the subwoofer to dig into the bass extension, how loud it could sound within a nearfield listening range, and others. These are some of the usual subwoofer requirements and we suggest taking some time to add in more on your own. We have prepared a list of the best subwoofers to match with the Genelec 8010A mini-monitors, please take a look below.
Genelec 8010A Specifications
- Type: 2-Way (Rear-firing bass port)
- Frequency Response: 67Hz-25kHz (-6dB)
- Drivers: 0.75″ (19mm) Tweeter, 3″ (76mm) Bass Driver
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 121mm x 195mm x 115mm | 4.8″ x 7.7″ x 4.5″
- Weight: 1.5kg (3.3lbs)
Best Subwoofers to match with Genelec 8010A
Adam Audio Sub7 is a premium entry-level studio subwoofer worthy to be paired with the award-winning Genelec 8010A. It is also high-powered with up to 210 Watts of Peak power. The 7″ subwoofer is quite slim and compact, suitable for listening rooms with tight spaces. Even though it is compact in size, the Adam Audio Sub7 still has a frequency response of 32Hz to 150Hz and can hit up to 107dB max SPL (peak) which is more than loud enough for nearfield listening. The bass performance of the Sub7 is agile and clean, well-suited for the Genelec 8010A mini-monitors.
If you do not wish to invest too much in an active subwoofer perhaps the PreSonus Eris Sub 8 will be a fine choice for you. This is an affordable entry-level studio subwoofer made for professionals use and the Eris Sub 8 accurate bass reproduction will be a good match for your Genelec 8010A studio monitors. The frequency response of 30Hz-200Hz is really impressive for a studio sub of this price and there is a nice weight to the low frequencies produced by the PreSonus Eris Sub 8 which belies its size. The humble price point of the Eris Sub 8 should fit most listeners’ budgets.
The Yamaha HS8S will be another ideal studio subwoofer for listeners who do not wish to spend too much but still requires the sub to reach below 30Hz bass extension. The HS8S has a frequency response of between 22Hz to 150Hz and delivers clean-sounding subsonic bass frequencies. This 8″ bass-reflex studio subwoofer is accurate and is agile enough to keep pace with the Genelec 8010A mini studio monitors. There is also a Phase switch that enables the Yamaha HS8S studio subwoofer to integrate better with the Genelec 8010A if the initial setup doesn’t sound optimal for you.
The Genelec 7040A is probably the best studio subwoofer to pair up with the Genelec 8010A. The 7040A is able to integrate seamlessly with the 8010A mini-monitors, and along with their similar sound signatures, the 8010A bass performance is extended smoothly. It is very compact and the slim cabinet design will allow the Genelec 7040A to fit nicely in any small listening room/studio. The studio subwoofer has only a 6.5″ bass driver but is able to dig down to 30Hz. If we were to nitpick then it would be the narrow frequency range of the Genelec 7040A. The overall bass performance of the studio subwoofer is precise and fast.
JBL Professional LSR310S is one of the nicest-looking studio subwoofers and will match well with your Genelec 8010A mini-monitors. It is a 10″ downward-firing subwoofer with up to 200 Watts of amplifier power and has the capability of delivering bass down to 27Hz. The bass performance of the JBL Professional LSR310S is articulate and agile, matching nicely with the Genelec 8010A studio monitors. It could go loud too and is more than enough for nearfield listening distance. Since the LSR310S is a downward-firing studio sub, the floor surface may affect its overall bass performance and texture so please be cautious.
For listeners who require a large subwoofer that doesn’t compromise the bass accuracy and agility. You might want to take a look at the Adam Audio Sub12, it is a powerful studio subwoofer suitable for both nearfield and midfield monitoring. It is an ideal 12″ subwoofer to pair with the Genelec 8010A especially if you want a more prominent subsonic bass performance. The bass response is tight and is packed with details, there is precision in its bass delivery as well. The Adam Audio Sub12 has a frequency response of 22Hz-150Hz and a maximum peak SPL of 115dB. It is using a highly efficient PWM amplifier.
To Sum It Up
The Genelec 7040A should be the top choice to go for but we will recommend auditioning them first before making your final decision. If possible, you should listen to the potential subwoofers in your own studio since the in-room response will affect the bass quality of the sub. You may also want to visit your friends’ studio if they are using the subwoofer you are interested in and test it out. Just remember to bring along your own Genelec 7010A mini studio monitors.