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Genelec 8050a compared to 1031a
Old 11th September 2012
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Genelec 8050a compared to 1031a

I have used Genelec 1031a monitors for 16 years. Love 'em or hate 'em, I don't plan on changing monitors since I know them SO well.

I need to set up a composing desk close to my mixing console and am going to need to get another set of monitors for writing. I want to stay with the same 'sound' so my ears don't get wonky when I go to mix the music. Does anyone have experience with 8050a monitors and how close do they sound to 1031a monitors? I could probably buy a used pair of 1031a's, but not sure if I want to do that.

Thanks for any insight.
Old 12th September 2012
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Anyone have any experience with these 2 different monitors?
Old 12th September 2012
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hi there!

i´ve used both speakers a lot, and i have to say that the 1031 does´nt come close to the 8050. i´d recommend getting a pair of 8040. they sound similar for almost half the price of 8050. 1031 are a really old design and thy´re not as accurate as the new 80xx series.

my humble opinion.
Old 12th September 2012
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I think I may need the 8" woofer?
Old 12th September 2012
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With 8050a's you definitely don't need the woofer. With 8040a's you don't necessarily need the woofer.
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Originally Posted by kraku ➡️
With 8050a's you definitely don't need the woofer. With 8040a's you don't necessarily need the woofer.
I'm not talking about the sub. Don't want a sub. I'm talking about the 6.5" speaker in the 8040a vs the 8" speaker in the 8050a......
Old 12th September 2012
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Me too. I'm describing that with 8050 is so bass heavy that you don't miss the sub in any circumstances
Old 12th September 2012
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General GS chatter over the years indeed confirms that the 8040 do actually sound fuller than the 8050.., but a trial pair in your studio would be a better option !
Old 13th September 2012
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I've heard 8040's and 8050's side by side. the 8050's only notable difference to 8040's is that the 50s sub bass goes lower.
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Originally Posted by kraku ➡️
I've heard 8040's and 8050's side by side. the 8050's only notable difference to 8040's is that the 50s sub bass goes lower.
Are you very familiar with 1031a's? What do you think might match up better with the 1031a's? I'm worried about listening to the 8050 or 8040 while writing and then having an issue when we go to mix.

Thanks.
Old 13th September 2012
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I have a pair of the 8050's, and I used to use 1031's and the original KRK V8's. The new Genelec sound is much less hyped in the highs and lows, with a much more natural-sounding midrange. I love them, and use them everyday. I opted for the larger 8050 with the increased bass extension, so that when I work in commercial rooms, I don't have to use the main monitors to work on the low end.

If you work in large control rooms, I have noticed that if you crank them for playbacks, the 8050's protection lights come on sooner than the old 1031's did, and the protection seems more audible, which is probably a good thing, saving your speakers from damage. But worth noting if you work for producers who like to crank them up.
Old 14th September 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by michael c ➡️
Are you very familiar with 1031a's? What do you think might match up better with the 1031a's?
Haven't listened to 1031. I did own a pair of 1030A's + 1092A. I assume they have a similar sound since they're from the same era. 1030As sound very different and at the same time very similar to modern Genelecs. In my experience the main difference between the old and new Genelecs isn't necessarily the frequency range, but the accuracy the monitors are able to reproduce the nuances of the sounds in all frequencies. Ie. the micro dynamics reproduction is superb with the new Genelecs when compared to the old ones.

You can check my 8250A review to get more info on my opinion on the new Genelec sound:

Genelec 8250A
Old 14th September 2012
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FWIW, I prefer the 8040 to the 8050.
Old 14th September 2012
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Ive had 8050 & 8040 to test and I went with 40s. Overall same sound character with better price tag. Didnt look back whatsoever
Old 15th September 2012 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by kosmokrator ➡️
FWIW, I prefer the 8040 to the 8050.
Why did you guys prefer the 8040 over the 8050? Does the bass go low enough to make sure your mixes translate? The 1031A has an 8" woofer and I'm afraid the 6.5" woofer in the 8040 might not go low enough?

Thanks for all your help.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by michael c ➡️
Why did you guys prefer the 8040 over the 8050? Does the bass go low enough to make sure your mixes translate? The 1031A has an 8" woofer and I'm afraid the 6.5" woofer in the 8040 might not go low enough?

Thanks for all your help.
how the genelec 8050a compares to the new Adams S3x-V, the focal sm9, Pelonis 4288 eyc?
Old 9th March 2014
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Did u end up upgrading your 1031 s??
I have been using 1031 for about 17 years and thinking of trying
The newer gens

Thanks
Old 14th March 2014
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I use the 8050a with the 7050B sub. Love them together although you don't really need the sub. The sub was included when I bought it, so I couldn't say no :D
Highs are not harsh and they don't fatigue my ears as easily.
Old 14th March 2014
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Anybody else upgrade from 1031s
I have gotten so used to the genelec sound it is hard to get used to other monitors so I was thinking of up grading to the newer genelec
Thanks
Dave
Old 14th March 2014
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If you want the same sound by the same monitor. Seems simple to me.
Old 15th March 2014
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Looking for more low end clarity than I have with the 1031
Old 15th March 2014
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I own 1031's and have used them for years. I worked in a studio that had 8050's and I changed them out for mine after about an hour. I really can't say what the difference was because essentially they sound the same but the 8050's where a bit too crisp for my liking and just felt different.
Old 11th November 2016
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Curious too about 1031 bass. does it suck in the low end? I would think the 8 inch woofer gives a lot of bass
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