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8010a's... meant to be so loud?

pgnnwy, modified 5 Years ago.

8010a's... meant to be so loud?

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 11/18/17 Recent Posts


I've just purchased a pair of 8010a's, which I am very happy with apart from the fact they seem to be extraordinarly loud! Don't get me wrong, I get that this is, in one sense, a good thing but given I'm using them in their intended location (my small home studio) it seems odd that they are set up to go from silent to really, really loud so quickly and the lack of fidelity in setting the listening volume is problematic. I just wanted to check if this is to be expected or whether I'm either doing something wrong with my set up, or possibly have a faulty pair.

For my set up, I have a Mackie 1202 VLZ4, with the 8010s plugged into the Control Room out, using a pair of 1/4" to XLR cables. I have my audio levels set so that main mix is just pushing to top level of green LEDs, not going into the amber at all (this ensures I have the best signal strength going into my DAW too). I've also tried plugging them into the Main Mix outputs using XLR to XLR leads and it's the same situation... really,really loud. Even the -10db switch does little to reduce the signal to a 'usable' level, 

At the moment, with the Control Room knob set to zero, I can hear the audio leaking through. At 0.5, the music is 'normal' listening level. At 1, it's loud. By 2 it's at neighbour complaining levels. At the moment I'm having to solve this by feeding the Control Room out into a separate cheapo Tapco mixer where I'm dropping the volume a lot before sending on to the 8010s, which is less than ideal. 

Any thoughts or advice would be really appreciated.



danielandrade, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: 8010a's... meant to be so loud?

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 12/27/17 Recent Posts
Hi Paul, i have the same question, hope someone answer it. Cheers.
ilkka-rissanen, modified 5 Years ago.

RE: 8010a's... meant to be so loud?

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

Hi Paul,

All professional range Genelec loudspeakers and subwoofers have the same input sensitivity which equals to 100 dB SPL output at 1 meter distance per loudspeaker at -6 dBu (equals to ~0.39 volt RMS) input level. In most models you can reduce this by 10..30 dB by using the controls available on the loudspeaker. 8010 in this case has a -10 dB switch available. If this is still not enough for your signal source, you might want to consider redusing the output level there or introducing extra attenuation by additional device such as in-line pad attenuator. Attenuation levels from 10 to 50 dB are typically available.

Here is a handy converter: