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Genelec 8010A 3" 2-Way 50W Active Studio Monitor (Single, White)

BH #GE8010AW • MFR #8010AW
Genelec 8010A 3" 2-Way 50W Active Studio Monitor (Single, White)
Key Features
  • 3" Woofer, 3/4" Metal-Dome Tweeter
  • 50W Class-D Amplification
  • Proprietary Waveguide
  • Bass Reflex Port
The white Genelec 8010A is a single 2-way active studio monitor designed to provide accurate mix referencing for audio engineers, musicians, and producers in project studios, small control rooms, or mobile setups. It features 50W of Class-D amplification driving a 3” woofer and 3/4” metal-dome tweeter, producing a frequency response of 67 Hz to 25 kHz.
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Genelec 8010A Overview

The white Genelec 8010A is a single 2-way active studio monitor designed to provide accurate mix referencing for audio engineers, musicians, and producers in project studios, small control rooms, or mobile setups. It features 50W of Class-D amplification driving a 3” woofer and 3/4” metal-dome tweeter, producing a frequency response of 67 Hz to 25 kHz.

A proprietary waveguide enhances imaging while the bass reflex port extends the low-frequency response. The aluminum enclosure is shaped to minimize diffraction. It supports a balanced input via an XLR 3-pin connector. Room compensation options include a sensitivity switch and multiple low-frequency adjustments. There is a selectable power-saving mode that enables automatic power up/down via a signal-sensing circuit.

The 8010A offers multiple mounting options including three pairs of threaded holes for compatibility with various brackets and an Iso-Pod isolation stand.

  • 3" woofer and 3/4" metal-dome tweeter
  • 50W Class-D amplification
  • 67 Hz to 25 kHz frequency response (-6 dB), 74 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response (± 2.5 dB) 
  • Proprietary waveguide utilizes DCW (Directivity Control Waveguide) technology for improved imaging and wider listening area
  • Bass reflex port provides extended low-frequency response
  • Room compensation controls include sensitivity and low-frequency adjustments
  • Low-diffraction aluminum enclosure utilizes MDE (Minimum Diffraction Enclosure) technology
  • Balanced XLR 3-pin input
  • ISS (Intelligent Signal Sensing) automatic power-saving mode
  • Multiple mounting options: Iso-Pod and three pairs of threaded holes that are compatible with OmniMount, VESA, and Sanus brackets
  • Includes Iso-Pod isolation stand for vibration decoupling

Genelec 8010A Specs

Studio Monitor
Monitor TypeActive 2-Way
EnclosureBass-Reflex, Shielded
DriversHF Driver: 1 x 0.75" / 19 mm Tweeter
LF Driver: 1 x 3" / 76 mm Woofer
AmplificationHF Amplifier: Class-D Rated at 25 W
LF Amplifier: Class-D Rated at 25 W
Frequency Range67 Hz to 25 kHz (at -6 dB)
Frequency Response74 Hz to 20 kHz ± 2.5 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)105 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.08%
Analog Input Sensitivity/Gain-6 dBu (Continuously Variable)
Self-Generated NoiseLess Than 5 dBA (at 3.28' / 1 m)
Signal Processing
EQ1 x LF Shelf: -6 to 0 dB at 100 Hz
Crossover Frequency3 kHz
Audio I/O1 x XLR Analog Input (7 Kilohms)
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption0.5 W (Standby)
5 W (Idle)
30 W (Maximum)
Enclosure MaterialAluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.8 x 7.7 x 4.5" / 121 x 195 x 114 mm
Weight3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.3 x 6.3 x 5.9"

Genelec 8010A Reviews

Small but powerful

By Tatsuya
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

It's way smaller than I expected but sound amazingly great. It has good focused bass. I can imagine every instruments.

Small but Powerful

By Gavin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-11

This is one of the more compact monitors out there but really delivers on the sound.

Outstanding sound

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-08

As a long time user of KRK and Yamaha studio monitors -,I was blown away by the Sound reproduction of the 8010s! ..These little marvels have now replaced both my Yamaha HS5 and KRK rockit 5”s as my go to mixing monitors for music and film projects .,, could not be happier ..

Great Desktop Speaker

By Rob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-15

I own the much larger and expensive 8030s but needed desktop speakers for my PC laptop. The sound from these is incredible and the build quality is awesome. I doubt there is a better desktop speaker available. Only issue to deal with - XLR connectors - you'll need to find a low profile male XLR to 3.5mm male Y connector cable. Be careful to pick one where the XLR plugs don't stick out too far since clearance is limited. I found one on eBay that works. The Microphone Madness one I purchased with these was a little long and the wire would bend a little too close to the plug end.


By Erik
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-17

For the money these are incredible. I couldn't believe how much better that they sound than the old crappy speakers that I was previously using.

Truly Something Special

By Johnny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-16

I've been stuck in the KRK loop for about a decade now. This is my first pair of Genelecs and I am blown away! Sure, they don't have the low-end presence of larger speakers, but the clarity and separation is on a whole other level! I am hearing my favorite music in a new way through these monitors and I cannot wait to use them for critical listening in my own work as well. Every instrument feels like it has it's own space and I am noticing little delights that I have never noticed in my favorite music. What a dream!

Incredible for the size

By Sebastien
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-29

These small monitors are tiny but produce very high levels with low distortion and great clarity. Very easy to carry in the bag specific to the model. These are really incredible for the size! I have Focal Twins in the main studio and these in an auxiliary room. The white model is also beautiful and takes very little space on a small desktop.

Astounding sound in tiny size

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-04

Fantastic sound in tiny size. Light on bass. I got it for digital piano, wanting something unimposing that can sit atop the console. Its not just the size that makes it unimposing, but the curved shape and integrated stand (isopod) that all make it look 'cute' on the desktop and quite the opposite of boxy or imposing. It looks so diminutive that the larger 8020 version may also satisfy my esthetic needs. Aluminum construction means that the inside volume can be larger than expected for the size, because the walls are thinner than wood. And at the same time its extremely stiff, reducing panel resonance. Does not sound boxy. For digital piano in a small untreated room the light bass response is fine. The sound breaks up easily if you set it too loud, which means to accommodate the attack part of the piano you have to be careful how much to turn it up. There is enough volume for the piano in a small room, and plenty for music monitoring. But not quite enough volume to match an acoustic piano played loudly. So another reason to consider the more powerful 8020. I connect it to a usb audio interface by balanced XLR, and use the volume control on the audio interface. But you could connect it to unbalanced TR or headphone output if you get the right cable (the Genelec instructions for the 8020D specifically say you can do this, I expect this would work fine with 8010 also). There is input gain control dip switch where one setting is suitable for balanced unput and the other setting suitable for photo line level (I think). I have it set to the less sensitive -10db input level for balanced input, so the more sensitive setting would probably work for phono / rca line level input. (Also look at the Genelec G range, which has rca inputs.) The dip switches to tune bass end for the acoustics of the room are helpful for my small untreated room, and the desktop setting also seems to help. I added a small amount of eq in my DAW to help fix a room resonance, but very little eq needed for the speaker itself. Ultimately I decided to keep the larger 8020 because it too looks small enough but is twice as big, louder, and has better bass. If I'm going to take off the headphones and play out. The 8020 does a better job of letting you feel it, not just hear it.

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What cable do I need to connect it to my laptop? ...

What cable do I need to connect it to my laptop? It has USB A & C ports.
Asked by: JANG WOOK
You'll need to hook them up with xlr cables to an external soundcard, like a recording interface, that can send a balanced analog signal. The inputs of of the 8010s accept analog XLR connections. An interface or mixer that has XLR or 1/4" TRS outputs will connect to these with ease
Answered by: Genelec Expert
Date published: 2020-06-04

Between this 8010 and 8010A white version bh ...

Between this 8010 and 8010A white version bh have. what is Difference ? Just color? Or ia there any difference more than that?
Asked by: Eung Gyun
Both monitors are the same model. The only difference between the two is the color. B&H #GE8010AP is the producer finish and B&H # GE8010AW is the same monitor in white finish.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-04-05


Thanks for your input. I need to keep shopping, since two of these are out of my price range. Can someone recommend a comparable set for less than $300/set?
Asked by: Kim W.
A great alternative in similar size and price range would be the Senal ASM-3 which ship as a pair. Another quality option in your price range, the Tannoy Reveal 402. These ship as individual units and will fit your budget.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Current model on Genelec site is 8010A - what is ...

Current model on Genelec site is 8010A - what is the difference between this 8010 and 8010A?
Asked by: Eric
But Genelec has 8020D, 8030C, 8040B which are also active - so that is not consistent with "A" = Active?
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2020-09-02


Do I need two of these when correcting sound recorded in stereo mode? It's voice only from a lapel mic or from the camcorder.
Asked by: Kim W.
Hi Kim,You will probably want to work with two speaker because that is what your listeners will be working with. Even if the audio you are working with is mono (one channel), having two speakers enables you to ensure that the sound will play back in both speakers.
Answered by: LEONARDO D.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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