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Pair of 8030b VS Pair of 8020b with 5040b

ronarch, modified 8 Years ago.

Pair of 8030b VS Pair of 8020b with 5040b

Youngling Posts: 5 Join Date: 5/16/14 Recent Posts
As the subject suggests, I am thinking which of the setups could give me better sound quality, in terms of sound details, accuracy, power of bass/punch and feel of space etc.

I am planning to have one of the setup connected to my computer for music, movie and even gaming.
My favorite music genres are metal and symphony. Therefore from bass to treble I am quite demanding.

Thanks for any kind suggestion. :)
ronarch, modified 8 Years ago.

Re: Pair of 8030b VS Pair of 8020b with 5040b

Youngling Posts: 5 Join Date: 5/16/14 Recent Posts
...Is my question too stupid? or have I made the topic in the wrong section?
Although after reading more comments and reviews, I tend to think a pair of 8030 is better, I'd like to hear more opinions.
photony, modified 8 Years ago.

Re: Pair of 8030b VS Pair of 8020b with 5040b

Youngling Posts: 19 Join Date: 11/20/11 Recent Posts
I have had 8020Bs with and without 7050B. Then upgraded to 8030Bs with 7050B and now currently have G Fours without sub.

I had good experience with 8030Bs + 7050B, but that depended on using the quite good calibration properties of 7050B and playing with the location of the sub. I believe 5040B has less options for calibration than 7050B and I was also probably a bit lucky to find a good spot to place the sub. I also had the option to use a couple of bass traps.

I believe neither of the combinations you suggested won't give you a huge bass punch. The feel of space depends likely on how far away is your listening spot. Especially for 8020Bs it would be good to be quite close to the speakers. Both combinations have quite good accuracy.

I'd go with 8030Bs. You can always add the sub later. (8030Bs + 7050B is very good combo if you just can calibrate them correctly.)


-Tony
ronarch, modified 8 Years ago.

Re: Pair of 8030b VS Pair of 8020b with 5040b

Youngling Posts: 5 Join Date: 5/16/14 Recent Posts
Thank you Tony , for your detailed sharing.
However, do you mean both combination will give me strong punch/bass?
Becoz u said neither of them won't.

Anyway, Ive already made a order for a pair of 8030.
Since 7050 is too expensive for me at current state, subwoofer will be missing until I have enough fuel for next big shot.

Looking forward to the despatch in few weeks
photony, modified 8 Years ago.

Re: Pair of 8030b VS Pair of 8020b with 5040b

Youngling Posts: 19 Join Date: 11/20/11 Recent Posts
Oh, sorry about the bad English. I meant that neither will give you very strong bass punch. The 8040 (and G Four) seems to have more considerably more punch than 8030, but I also believe the bass punch has to do with the acoustics of the listening room.

If you like the punch, I would suggest you to try to avoid bass boom, so that you don't need to cut down bass by using the dip switches. That gives you more low end. To avoid bass boom you could try to use (speaker) stands to lift the speakers of the table. If possible, try placing the speakers in different locations and distances from walls and corners. I'm not expert in this, but these tricks worked for me when I was using 8020/8030.


-Tony