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Bass distortion on new 8030's !!!

nebes, modified 9 Years ago.

Bass distortion on new 8030's !!!

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 6/16/12 Recent Posts
Three days ago I ve purchased 8030a. After few first listening i have noticed distortion of bass speakers on little higher levels. I switched cables and soundcards and it is the same. I use RME Fireface 800 and when i drive out signal at 0db on +4dbu speakers starts to distort at theirs trim level about 270 degress! Its not at all so loud and i think even not near 90db spl and they should play more then 100db. I play electronic music through them with a lot of sub content but is it normal that such expensive speakers distort cause of that? Before i bought it i tried at friends place and didnt hear distortion. My room is 6.25x3x2.45m and no acoustic threatment but i moved everything to measure room response so there are only stands and speakers. I can fairly judge that is bass distortion. Also i use mogami cables with neutrik conectors.

Any help will be welcome? Should i get back them for waranty?

Thanks, Nebojsa
ilkka-rissanen, modified 9 Years ago.

Re: Bass distortion on new 8030's !!!

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hello,

I'm sorry to hear about your problem with Genelec speakers. You are being correct that 8030A can play over 100 dB but that is measured with a typical music signal. If you play material with a lot of low frequency content, the speaker can not play as loud as the output capability of the speaker usually decreases towards low frequencies. Of course it is also possible that your speakers are defected and should be repaired. Can you test your friend's speakers at your place with exactly same material and volume?
nebes, modified 9 Years ago.

Re: Bass distortion on new 8030's !!!

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 6/16/12 Recent Posts
Ive tested everything so definatelly thats the way how 8030's are playing :(
I really like how these monitors sound and i think they also can give some precise sub frequemcies (which is great for such small cabinet and woofer) but its just shame that can be only played on such low level. I hope that new speakers will not have this kind of ''problem'' cause its making super hard for people that are doing electronic music and dont have money to invest in subwoofer.

Thx again Ikka
ilkka-rissanen, modified 9 Years ago.

Re: Bass distortion on new 8030's !!!

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hi,

I'm not sure what you mean by new speakers but that's the way every 8030A, old or new, will behave. It's simply a physical fact that you can't have a lot of low frequency output from a small speaker. In fact the 8030A performs exceptionally well compared to many similarly sized (or even larger) speakers. :) If your application requires more LF output, you will need to invest in subwoofer or larger pair of speakers.