Genelec 1030A
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Genelec 1030A

1030A, Monitor Attivo from Genelec in the 1000 series.

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moosers 18/07/2010

Genelec 1030A : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The Genelec 1030A's are a smaller set of studio monitors that can be used for a variety of applications. The studio that I work at has a pair of these in one of our smaller studios. They aren't the main set of monitors, but are more of a 'B' set of monitors in the studio where we have them. They're suitable for use either way, but in my opinion they are best suited when used in tandem with another set of studio monitors with a bit more low end. The 1030A's have XLR connections in the back, as well as a series of tuning buttons for tuning them to your specific room. These are active monitors, so you don't need a power amplifier.

SOUNDS

The sound quality of the Genelec 1030A's is generally very good. They have a pretty full bodied sound for a smaller set of monitors, but don't have the best low end response. They're pretty crispy sounding on the top end, and again can get pretty loud for a set of small studio monitors. In the studio that I work at, we have these 1030A's set up in tandem with a pair of Dynaudio BM5As, and having both of them around is a great combination for our smaller studio. The Dynaudio's give some more low end, but the 1030A's have some qualities that the Dynaudio's don't. These are definitely okay to use on their own, but again I think they work best when you have something to compare them to.

OVERALL OPINION

While many people look at the Genelec 1030A's as a good way to get the Genelec sound without having a huge set of speakers and without the price tag, I still do think that the 1030A's are a bit expensive. Of course you're going to be paying for the Genelec name, but I'm not sure that these are worth it for the price. If I was buying a single set of monitors, I'd rather have the aforementioned Dynaudio BM5A's or a set of Adam A7's, which can be had a much cheaper price than these Genelecs. While these definitely aren't a bad way to go, if you're on a tighter budget, I'd definitely recommend checking out some of the other monitors I mentioned, as to me they sound better and are cheaper. Having said this, the Genelec 1030A's are a fine set of monitors in their own right and are definitely worth looking at.