While the 6010As and 5040A are happy to play the hooligan it is worth mentioning their fondness for low volumes as well. Here the active monitor technology kicks in with the separate amps for each speaker cone coming to the fore as music can be listened to quickly without losing any midrange or bass – common side effects of the single conventional amp design.
If we are looking to pick holes in either 2.0 or 2.1 setup it would be a common one in the premium sector: the speakers are what you feed them. While cheaper speakers can mangle higher and lower bitrates into an indistinguishable melange, the ability of both the 6010A and 5040A to pull detail from lossless and high bitrate music means once the quality of the source drops it is noticeable. We'd suggest this is primarily a criticism of low bitrates, but if you are going to invest in Genelec speakers it is also worth investing time in their diet.
So often the killer when attempting to attract a wider customer base, the Genelec 6010A is a surprisingly light touch on your wallet given what they offer. Search online and the 6010A speakers can found from £189 separately or £378 per pair (RRP is typically £239 per speaker), which is excellent value considering their premium dock killing performance, flexibility and expandability.
Similarly the 5040A can be found online for £389 (RRP £479) which doubles the size of your investment, but given its role as both music maestro and home cinema audio replacement (with the potential to scale to a 5.1 setup) it is a bargain compared the likes of £1,000 fashion soundbars such as the Libratone Lounge. Furthermore the active monitor system means there is no need to invest in a separate amp.
As such while the well heeled audiophile will jump in at the circa £1,300 cost of a full 5.1 Genelec 6010A 5040A system, more impoverished music and home cinema fans can happily invest incrementally knowing they will ultimately reach the same end result and what an end result it is.
Genelec is a brand famed amongst recording studios and professional sound editors, but with the 6010A it has released speakers to amaze the mainstream audiophile. As a 2.0 setup the 6010A looks innocuous, but it is stylish and ruggedly built with detailed, powerful, size defying performance and remarkable scale while its active monitors mean it sounds equally good at low volumes. Connected to the optional 5040A subwoofer, the Genelec 6010A becomes a serious home cinema arrangement with the potential to scale to 5.1. HDMI connectivity would have been nice, but throw in highly competitive pricing and Genelec has produced a truly standout system. If we awarded half scores they would be a 9.5.