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How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living room

iljo, modified 7 Months ago.

How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living room

Youngling Posts: 6 Join Date: 11/3/19 Recent Posts

I'm a new user of Genelec. I just got the 8040B pair of studio monitors because I like the sound.
I'm not professional in the sound field, I will use them for listening to music in my living room size 4 m x5m.
Distance from the speaker to the listener around 4,4 m.
I need some interface to connect the monitors with the multiple sources (Turntable, CD player, Computer, tablet, a phone maybe TV)  I will use to play music. My budget is limited but I would like to get max from these speakers. What do you recommend me to buy?
I would like to have possibilities to adjust High/mid/low frequencies when I want.

Thanks

iljo Kotorencev

 

costakis, modified 7 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Padawan Posts: 33 Join Date: 2/13/19 Recent Posts

Dear Iljo, what's the price you want to pay? My experience with Denon DJ MC 6000 MK2 is excellent. You will have excellent sound for the money spent and connection with all the sources you need. 

iljo, modified 7 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Youngling Posts: 6 Join Date: 11/3/19 Recent Posts

Dear Costakis, the DJ mixer that you recommend is great, but I don't need most of his extras this mixer offers.  Did you use something simpler/cheaper that you can recommend? 

lukester, modified 7 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Jedi Knight Posts: 197 Join Date: 4/22/10 Recent Posts

a dj mixer is never right for home audio.

they have pretty bad sound quality actually.

You might wanna look at mackie big knob. Not very good, but cheap and can use a turntable.

Drawmer MC 2.1 sounds better, way more expensive, no turntable.

Neither have an EQ for adjusting High/mid/low, also this is usually frowned upon in hi-end audio.

You can look at Hi-Fi preamps, say an (totally overkill) NAD C 165BEE.

There should be cheaper options. we've had useful discussions on this forum before, can't find them now. I think some data got lost when they made a new forum a while back. But maybe you have more pointers for your research now.

 

iljo, modified 7 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Youngling Posts: 6 Join Date: 11/3/19 Recent Posts

Thanks,

It will be great if the facilitator of this forum find these useful discussions on the old forum and  post them again.

iljo, modified 6 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Youngling Posts: 6 Join Date: 11/3/19 Recent Posts

Does someone have experience using Cambridge Audio CXN V2 Network Music Player/Preamplifier with Genelec 8040B or other active Genelec monitors?

janne-koo, modified 6 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Padawan Posts: 28 Join Date: 10/26/15 Recent Posts

You need a preamplifier - any preamplifier whatsoever - to select the source and adjust the volume.

​​​​​​​But... A 4x5m room with a 4,4m listening distance? Reflected sound will dominate. Impossible to get the monitors far enough from each other, the sound stage won't be very good. Issues with bass are likely, having the monitors at the corners of the room will amplify low frequencies and the near-rear-wall listening position makes things worse - moving your head just inches back-to-front will alter the low frequency response. Use the dip switches, you might get lucky, but it's a bad starting point. Active DSP correction might help - for one fixed listening position.

If there's any way to move the listening position much closer, even to the middle of the room, try it, it might make a huge difference. It's a question of priorities...

iljo, modified 6 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Youngling Posts: 6 Join Date: 11/3/19 Recent Posts

Thanks, Janne

What do you think if I use GENELEC LOUDSPEAKER MANAGER GLM 3.0  for one fixed listening position?

What max distance you recommend?  

janne-koo, modified 6 Months ago.

RE: How to chouse interface for Genelec 8040B to listen music in living roo

Padawan Posts: 28 Join Date: 10/26/15 Recent Posts

Sorry for the delay - I'm not affiliated with Genelec.

8040's are analog, GLM can not be used with them.

I'd suggest placing the monitors close to the front wall and setting up the listening position in the middle of the room, ie. about 2 m listening distance - same distance between the monitors. With good room acoustics (damp reflected sound with panels, big thick rug, anything) you might still be okay at 3 m, but that's stretching it and other issues may arise.