As for the Genelec 5040A, it is a larger 6.3Kg and measures 251 tall with a 305mm diameter and looks like a giant marshmallow. Again this is no bad thing though as the subtle, minimalist look quickly blends into a room or can be made a feature. What’s more, it has the same tough-as-nails finish. It also comes with a dedicated volume control which looks like a shrunken version of the 5040 and therefore even more like a marshmallow. In our opinion both as a 2.0 and 2.1 setup they look the business.
Given Genelec’s background in high end audio, the most prominent question in our mind was how much compromise would be in the 6010A. The answer is surprisingly little. The Genelec 6010As feature twin 12W amplifiers, one each for feeding the 3-inch bass and 3/4-inch treble drivers and bass response is 73Hz to 18kHz.
These figures are good, but what turned our heads is the quoted maximum output level of 102dB – not just enough for a desktop speaker or dock replacement, but enough to be the foundations for a home cinema. Add in the optional Genelec 5040A subwoofer and the bass response drops to 35Hz with the magnetically shielded, downward firing 6.5-inch bass driver fed by a 40W amplifier contributing a further 96dB at maximum volume (it is also independently adjustable).
The 5040A is designed to handle up to five 6010A speakers for a 5.1 arrangement leaving plenty of room for growth in future. Connectivity includes 3.5mm and phono inputs for each speaker, but it is slightly curtailed by the lack of HDMI for home cinema enthusiasts, even if phono is a perfectly adequate alternative.
In a world swamped by bass-heavy ‘warm’ sounding speakers and docks the term ‘accuracy’ is almost a dirty word, but Genelec prides itself upon it. A background in professional recording environments means hearing what is there rather than the preferences of the speaker maker is vital and the Genelec 6010A has this same reason d’être.
As a 2.0 setup the 6010A packs tremendous punch and a wonderful sense of scale and will easily replace premium speaker docks or provide an upgrade on your TV’s integrated speakers. Detail is exceptional with the 6010As determined to dig out nuances you’ve never noticed in your favourite tracks and bass response is indeed excellent allowing them to happy exist without a dedicated sub. Genelec offers suggested settings for configuring each speaker to any room size, but for those happy to plug and play they sound superb out of the box with subtle extra rewards there for those who do tinker.
Add in the 5040A and in a 2.1 arrangement the Genelec 6010As evolve again. The detail remains, but the 5040A brings extra muscle to both big beat tracks and Hollywood action flicks. The downward firing sub can be felt in floors, tables and chairs at high volume and when cranked up to max will keep even the biggest of bass-heads happy with epic, room-shaking performance. Impressively in both 2.0 and 2.1 arrangement we found no distortion at peak volume and, remarkably, in the former no bass cut out or restriction.