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Small room - small speakers, myth or true?

jpiilola, muokattu 10 Vuodet sitten.

Small room - small speakers, myth or true?

Youngling Viestejä: 1 Liittymispäivä: 4.7.2011 Viimeisimmät viestit

I'm going to set up a small room (3.5m x 4.5m) at home for listening, mixing and mastering. As a long term part time musician, I have been able to listen different control room systems in small studios and now have chosen to install something from the Genelec assortment.

I was about to purchase a pair of 8040A as it is widely recognized and suits to my budget. However, some of my friends suggest that I would be better off with 8020Bs accompanied by a 7050B sub. The argument is that the tiny speakers sound better than 8040A in a small room, and by adding a sub I would get even more extended bottom.

What would you think? Is there any real basis for the above argument? To me, the 8040A doesn't appear very big in size and I don't think I need to reach 25Hz as those frequencies are almost non-existent in Pop/Rock/Jazz music. I don't need high SPL, but still...
congsu, muokattu 10 Vuodet sitten.

Re: Small room - small speakers, myth or true?

Youngling Viestejä: 12 Liittymispäivä: 21.12.2010 Viimeisimmät viestit
My room is approximately the same size as yours. I used to have the 8040s which were definitely not too big for that size of a room.

6 months ago I switched to DSP and got me a pair of 8250s - and, believe me, it's great. They are far more relaxed at every level and I have a very reliable bass monitoring, of course, the whole DSP system contributes a lot to it, but still it's quite a difference to the 8040s, even without any calibration.

Of course rock and pop music doesn't go as low as film trailers, but still there are a lot of things going on down there the 8250s show me precisely where the 8040s made me think everything is OK.