I've decided that one of these will be my next speakers unless these or the 8040 get an update or Neumann makes a 6.5" model in the meantime. But I find it very hard to choose as both:
* Have a solid aluminium body (designed to prevent diffraction in the case of Genelec).
* Use a deep waveguide providing controlled directivity.
* Have a solid enough electronic departement with enough knobs for me.
* Sport a very good Peerless HDS (or equivalent) 130mm woofer.
* Have a documented very low residual self-noise and a high max SPL.
* Are around 1000-1100€/pair; the Genelecs are just a bit cheaper.
* Both are made in the EU, though Genelec may be slightly better in my eyes since they keep it in one central workshop and the company is owned by nobody but itself.
* Have amazing measurements:
I'm currently leaning toward Genelec because:
* Back ports are just better, especially in nearfield scenarios, unless you want to stick the monitor to the wall.
* Class D amps should mean a bit less heat, and the south of France doesn't lack heat.
* A free additional spare parts warranty of 3 years is nice at this price point.
* I dig the sci-fi look.
The only differences that could matter are:
* The Neumann has a 25 mm tweeter while Genelec's is 19mm, causing Genelec to have a slightly wider directivity.
* Because of that, the Neumann crosses at 2kHz while the Genelec do it at 3kHz; meaning a more strained woofer for Genelec.
* The Genelec has a useful power saving mode.
Anyone knowing more than me that could help change or secure my quite wavering choice? EDIT: opted for Genelec.