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Field Report: Genelec 6010A & 5040A
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With the low end taken care of by the 5040A, 120Hz and above is accurately handled by a pair (or more if in surround) of 6010A active loudspeakers. The sleek and compact design complements any desktop where pristine 74Hz to 18kHz response is needed. It is just over 7" high, about 4.5" square, weighing 3 pounds. It contains a 3" bass driver and 0.75" metal dome treble driver (each with their own independent 12W amplifiers) and can produce an SPL greater than 100dB.
As is the 5040A, the 6010A is made of die-cast aluminum and boasts the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure design, which reduces edge diffraction. It also boasts Directivity Control Waveguide, which helps correct frequency imbalances in poor acoustic environments. The 6010A is magnetically shielded, making it operable near CRT monitors.
While not necessary for normal operation, the 6010A is fed by the RCA outputs on the 5040A (cables supplied), but it can be fed by other means if the sub is not included in the system. Level control, bass tilt and desktop control, along with power mains and audio input are located on the back of the speaker. Level control adjusts the input sensitivity of the speaker for proper level matching. Bass tilt dipswitches allow for bass response adjustment in increments of 2dB. This feature is used when the 6010A is placed near a wall or other boundary that may skew the behavior of its lower frequencies. Desktop control attenuates frequencies near 200Hz by 4dB, which can be problematic when a horizontal reflective surface exists between the user and the speaker. The 6010A has three pairs of threaded holes on the back that are compatible with Omnimount, Vesa or Sanus brackets. However, for everyday desktop use, it sits on the Iso-Pod, which very effectively insulates the table from speaker vibrations. The adjustable Iso-Pod allows for correct alignment. The 6010A can also be mounted on a mic stand using the 3/8" UNC threaded hole.
The evolution of our industry and audio production is moving us toward more condensed gear. Genelec's 6010A and 5040A system is portable and compact with no sacrifice of quality and accuracy. When car-crushing reference monitors are needed and lack of space and portability are the reality, this all-terrain system is the right fix.
Wygal is the programmer, engineer and Web designer for WRVL in Lynchburg, VA.
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