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iLoud MTM + Sub vs. Genelec 8040B

weswes

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Hi,

My desk setup consists of the iLoud MTM’s with a Focal Sub One subwoofer. I really enjoy the sound of the MTMs, especially paired with the sub, but they’re definitely not suitable for mid-field to far-field listening as expected.

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I have been interested in Genelecs for a while now and never owned a pair. I’ve been looking at a second-hand pair of 8040s and am willing to sell my current setup as I don’t necessarily need the sub, and the neighbor has been complaining lately.

However, I really enjoy the mid-forward sounding iLouds and its expansive soundstage, and wondered if the Genelecs can offer me the same enjoyment I get from my current speakers, and if they are suitable for mid-field/far-field listening, let’s say at a 3 to 4 meter distance. Any insight is greatly appreciated, thank you!
 
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However, I really enjoy the mid-forward sounding iLouds and its expansive soundstage, and wondered if the Genelecs can offer me the same enjoyment I get from my current speakers, and if they are suitable for mid-field/far-field listening, let’s say at a 3 to 4 meter distance. Any insight is greatly appreciated, thank you!
Mid-forward sounding: Genelec speakers are generally flat, so they likely won't be mid-forward. However, you don't actually want that if you're looking for accuracy, but that's up to you.
Soundstage: Audio soundstage mainly depends on whether the soundwaves touch your ear's pinna or not, so all speakers will deliver a great soundstage compared to something like headphones.

Final thoughts: I think you'd love the Genelecs. What's the reason you want the 8040s over something like the Neumann KH150s?

Hope this helps! :)
 
Mid-forward sounding: Genelec speakers are generally flat, so they likely won't be mid-forward. However, you don't actually want that if you're looking for accuracy, but that's up to you.
Soundstage: Audio soundstage mainly depends on whether the soundwaves touch your ear's pinna or not, so all speakers will deliver a great soundstage compared to something like headphones.

Final thoughts: I think you'd love the Genelecs. What's the reason you want the 8040s over something like the Neumann KH150s?

Hope this helps! :)
I've had the Focal Alpha 65 Evo's before, and while they sounded good and flat, I found the midrange a bit recessed making vocals and such 'less lively' if that's the correct word to explain it? That's what I love about the iLouds. Also there's a lot of depth in the sound as well, which the Evo's didn't have as much.
If the Genelecs can offer somewhat the same sound signature, but in mid- to far-field as well, then I would be a happy man.

The Neumann KH150 is way out of my budget unfortunately. Would be more than happy to try them out, but unfortunately can't dig that far into my wallet.
 
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