Natick, MA (May 22, 2009)--Genelec's 8020A 2-way active monitor system has been updated to become the 8020B.
The basic change in the B model is the addition of a mains power switch now located on the enclosure's rear panel. The rotary front-panel control is used for sound-level adjustment only. The audio signal can still be muted (the front LED stays on) in turning the front-panel volume knob fully anti-clockwise, but actual mains power is only switched off using the rear-panel on/off power switch, which turns the front LED on/off. This also enables turning the power off without changing the set level. Along with this change, the second rear-mounted XLR connector has been removed.
The 8020B (height with Iso-Pod 242 mm, width 151 mm and depth 142 mm) has been designed for monitoring work in difficult listening environments, particularly those compromised by lack of space. The die-cast aluminum Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) of the 8020B features relatively large internal volumes, curved edges and mechanical strength. The advanced Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) provides on- and off-axis response, while the long, curved reflex port ends in a wide flare for bass articulation.
The 8020B features a 105 mm (4-inch) bass driver along with a 19 mm (3/4-inch) tweeter loaded into a DCW. The free field frequency response is 66 Hz to 20 kHz (± 2.5 dB). Maximum peak SPL output per pair with music material is 105 dB at 1 m. Bass and treble are each powered by 20-watt amplifiers.