The Genelec M040A is a 130-watt (80W LF/50W HF), two-way active monitor with a 6.5" woofer, 1" tweeter, and optimized Class D amplification, featuring room-response controls and intelligent signal-sensing power management in a sustainable enclosure.
The larger of the two of Genelec’s M-series of affordable monitors, the M040A brings precision monitoring to those who previously could only aspire to own a pair of Genelec speakers. The M040A incorporates technologies found in Genelec’s high-end speakers, including the Directivity Control Waveguide, which provides consistent and exacting frequency reproduction off-axis. The result is a wider sweet spot than other speaker designs, which enables you to move your head during mixing without losing perspective. The Genelec M040A also features a Laminar Integrated Port, which is responsible for its precision-handing of bass by eliminating turbulence that often plagues ported monitors in the budget range. These and other innovations, including a power-saving auto shutdown mode come housed in an environmentally friendly enclosure that is at once a display of industrial artistry and acoustic functionality—and of course, there’s that renowned Genelec sound—that until the arrival of the M040A was out of reach to the budget-limited home studio owner.
Genelec M040A active monitor—Just the Facts:
- Designed and built to be truthful to the source and long service life
- Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW™) for flat on- and off-axis response
- Laminar Integrated Port (LIP™) controlled bass
- Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS™) power management for energy saving with less than 0.5 watts of power consumption in Standby mode
- Low-distortion, high-output from power-efficient Class D bi-amplification by Genelec
- Room response controls for easy adjustment to your environment
- Enclosure by internationally renowned industrial designer, Harri Koskinen*
- The Natural Composite Enclosure (NCE™), environmentally friendly Finnish wood composite enclosure combines controlled directivity with minimal diffraction
- Low product lifecycle carbon footprint
- Individually tested and calibrated according to Genelec’s stringent standards
*For those not familiar with his work, Koskinen’s design work includes the Haikara Smart Watch, Genano 120 medical-grade air purifier, and various Genelec monitor series. His award-winning Block Lamp has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan since 2000 as a permanent part of their collection.
Genelec M040A—Behind the Grille
Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW™) Technology
The product of over 30 years of refinement, Genelec’s Directivity Control Waveguide shapes the emitted wavefront of direct radiating multi-way monitors in a way that allows predictable tailoring of the speaker’s dispersion pattern. To make the directivity uniform and smooth, the waveguide limits the radiation angle so that stray radiation is reduced. This results in an exceptionally flat overall frequency response and uniform power response.
DCW technology also minimizes early reflections, providing a wide, controlled listening area with accurate sound reproduction both on- and off-axis.
Another advantage of minimized early reflections and controlled constant directivity is that the frequency balance of the room’s reverberation field is essentially the same as the direct field from the monitors. As a result, the monitor’s performance is less affected by room acoustic characteristics.
Ultimately, the consistent off-axis frequency response of the waveguide enables engineers to move in and out of the sweet spot without losing perspective while working. It also helps clients hear an accurate mix regardless of their listening position in a large control room.
DCW technology key benefits:
- Flat on- and off-axis response for wider usable listening area
- Increased direct-to-reflected sound ratio for reduced control room coloration
- Improved stereo and soundstage imaging
- Increased drive unit sensitivity up to 6dB
- Increased system maximum sound pressure level capacity
- Decreased drive unit distortion
- Reduced cabinet edge diffraction
- Reduced complete system distortion
Intelligent Signal Sensing function
Genelec’s Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) is a power-saving feature that prolongs the service life of the monitor. ISS reduces power consumption to less than 0.5 watts by automatically switching the active monitor to standby when no audio signal has been detected for some time. When playback begins, the mode indicator light on the loudspeaker lights up and the playback resumes after a slight delay (<2 seconds).
In the studio, downtime is not an option, particularly when equipment fails and must be shipped out for repairs. Whether you’re working in a professional production environment or even as a hobbyist, it’s essential that monitoring systems remain reliable and functional at all times. Genelec’s reputation for bullet-proof reliability is a product of the internal protection circuitry found in all Genelec monitors.
The protection circuitry prevents driver failure by detecting signal levels and responding accordingly. In the case of sudden peaks or levels that are too high for long periods, the protection circuitry reduces signal level automatically. This feature does not affect the sound quality in any way when working within the specifications of the loudspeaker, but only prevents inappropriate input signals from breaking the loudspeaker.
Protection circuitry features and benefits:
- Reduces the output level when required (e.g. when driver voice coil temperature reaches the safe limit), which highly improves system reliability
- Appropriate protection circuitry design for each loudspeaker and subwoofer maximizes system output level
Room compensation controls
While the Directivity Control Waveguide reduces room interaction, it doesn’t eliminate it entirely. The interaction between room acoustics and loudspeaker radiation is complex. Each room changes the monitor’s response in a unique way, e.g. reflective vs. damped rooms, or placement against a wall vs. on a stand away from the walls. All Genelec loudspeaker systems feature room response adjustments to compensate for the room influences and retrieve a flat frequency response at the listening position.
The frequency response of the Genelec M030 and M040A can be adjusted to match the acoustic environment by setting the tone control switches on the rear panel. The controls are “Bass Level” and “EQ”.
Natural Composite Enclosure (NCE)
Genelec’s Natural Composite Enclosure offers a giant leap forward in sustainable, environmentally friendly cabinet design, as well as functional advantages, including controlled directivity and minimal edge diffraction. Genelec innovative M-series NCE enclosures employ a new environmentally friendly material manufactured in Finland from wood fibers and other recyclable materials integrated into a polypropylene matrix. Polypropylene is an environmentally attractive polymer, selected for its resistance, durability, high internal damping, and its resilience against impacts and physical damage.
The highly renewable NCE material features also many of the outstanding acoustical properties found in wood fiber, being denser than the common ABS plastics typically used in loudspeaker enclosures. Additionally, the often environmentally hazardous painting has been eliminated from the production process, also saving in transportation and handling.
In a typical 2-way loudspeaker system, the active crossover needs two power amplifiers; one for the woofer and one for the tweeter. Electronic crossovers split the audio signal into separate frequency bands that can be separately routed to individual power amplifiers optimized for the frequency band of their respective transducers.
The power amplifiers are connected directly to the drivers of an active loudspeaker, resulting in the power amplifier’s load becoming much simpler. Each driver-specific power amplifier has only a limited frequency range to amplify (the power amplifier is placed after the active crossover), which adds to the ease of design.
The active design principle offers multiple benefits:
- The power amplifiers are directly connected to the speaker drivers, maximizing the control exerted by the power amplifier’s damping on the driver’s voice coil, reducing the consequences of dynamic changes in the driver electrical characteristics. This may improve the transient response of the system
- There is a reduction in the power amplifier output requirement. With no energy lost in the passive crossover filter components, the amplifier power output requirements are reduced considerably (by up to 1/2 in some cases) without any reduction in the acoustic power output of the loudspeaker system. This can reduce costs and increase audio quality and system reliability
- No loss between amplifier and driver units results in maximum acoustic efficiency
- Active technology can achieve superior sound output vs. size vs. low-frequency cut-off performance
- All loudspeakers are delivered as a factory aligned system (amplifiers, crossover electronics, and enclosure-driver systems)
Whether you’re in a professional production environment or set up in a corner of your bedroom, the affordable Genelec M040A delivers the goods. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist.
- Maximum sound output (Short-term sine wave output on axis in half space, averaged 100Hz-3kHz @ 1 m): 107dB
- Frequency range (-3 dB): 48Hz-20kHz
- Crossover frequency: 2.5khz
- Bass driver (magnetically shielded): 6-1/2" (165 mm)
- Treble driver (magnetically shielded): 1" (25 mm)
- Amplifier short term power (Bass + Treble*): 80W x 50W
- Signal input connectors: XLR / 1/4" TRS (bal.); RCA (unbal.)
- Input impedance: 10k ohm
- Level control (output level with three position toggle switch @ 0dBu input): 106dB SPL (0dB), 96dB SPL (-10dB), 86dB SPL (-20dB)
- Bass level control, operating range in 2 dB steps: 0, -2, -4dB @ 100Hz
- Tabletop EQ control: -3dB @ 210Hz
- Bass EQ control: -2 dB @ 80Hz
- Mains voltage: Automatic selection 100 - 230V (In Japan 100V only)
- Power consumption (standby/idle/full output): <0.5W/10W/60W
- Dimensions: 13-1/4" x 9-1/4" x 9" (337 x 235 x 229 mm)
- Weight: 15.4 lb. (7.4 kg)
*Long term output power is limited by driver unit protection circuit