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Help with 8000 Series speaker selection for Hometheater

krobar, modified 11 Years ago.

Help with 8000 Series speaker selection for Hometheater

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 5/4/11 Recent Posts
I'm in the process of upgrading my HT speakers (4.1 Setup) and was hoping someone could help with speaker sizing and some questions.

Room is 3.5m * 3.5M with a 2.5m*1.5m alcove, total size 38 meters cubed.
Listening distance is 2M and front stereo speakers can only be max of 1.8M apart and wall mounted.

Existing equipment:
Integra Research RDC-7.1 (Onkyo) Preamp (Balanced XLR outputs)
Rel Q200E subwoofer

The RDC-7.1 can do crossover per speaker pair and has notch filter for the subwoofer.

The professional site suggests a 8040a as first choice and either 8030a or 8050a as second choice (Depends on accuracy of selections).

Is an 8040A really needed for this size room? Is it OK to use 8020A for rear speakers? (These are closer to listening position) It seems the 8000 series speakers dont have 12V triggers, is there a recommended 12V trigger solution? Is the wall mount the same for 8020, 8030 and 8040?
ilkka-rissanen, modified 11 Years ago.

Re: Help with 8000 Series speaker selection for Hometheater

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

Clear recommendations are always hard to give because there are so many variables: what kind of speakers have you had before, how much SPL is required, is the room acoustically treated etc.

Even a 6010A would work in that room, but it may not give you the SPL required for watching action packed movies. And also with larger speaker you will get better overall sound quality too, so it's also a matter of taste and also budget. Best thing would be if you could visit your local dealer and listen to different models. But I would say if the SPL required isn't insane, 8030A or 8040A would be your preferred choice. REL Q200E is a relatively small sealed subwoofer so its max output capability will top out already with 8030A size speakers. But if you plan to upgrade it later, I would opt for 8040A. For surrounds you can use 8020B because the rear channels do not require so much SPL.

if you require 12V triggers, check out our 4020A and 4030A models. They are meant for fixed installations and have 12V triggers built-in. Otherwise the performance is identical to 8020B and 8030A.

Information on our accessories can be found here: http://www.genelec.com/documents/catalo ... ochure.pdf
krobar, modified 11 Years ago.

Re: Help with 8000 Series speaker selection for Hometheater

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 5/4/11 Recent Posts
Hi Ilkka,

I did go to my local dealer who had the 8020, 8030 and 8040 and I bought some 8030s. The 8040 was best but I found I could get enough volume with the 8030; for now I just have a pair of 8030s whilst I decide if to use an 8040/8030 4 speaker set or 8030/8020 4 speaker set.

My initial thougts are that they are much more detailed than my old speakers and with enough volume so I'm happy with them. A crossover of 70Hz seems to work best in my setup with the 8030s in full range mode. The 4030 speakers would have been perfect but availability of those in the UK seems to be non-existent; is it OK to switch the 8030As on and off at the plug? I was thinking of using this:
http://edmullen.net/manuals/Russound_AC ... manual.pdf
ilkka-rissanen, modified 11 Years ago.

Re: Help with 8000 Series speaker selection for Hometheater

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

Yes, it's ok to switch them on and off at the plug.

Thank you for the good comments, they help us to keep pushing the performance even higher in the future! :ugeek: