Genelec Debuts 7040A Ultra-Compact Subwoofer


Genelec is launching the new 7040A, an ultra-compact subwoofer. Designed to complement Genelec’s 8010, 8020 and M030 active monitors, the 7040A delivers accurate sound reproduction and precise monitoring of low-frequency content. These performance characteristics, combined with a compact form factor, make the 7040A ideal for use in music creation and sound design applications, as well as audio and video production work in small rooms and improvised monitoring environments.

The 7040A is the latest addition to Genelec’s line of active monitors, and like the rest of the product line, all electronics, amplifier circuitry, drivers and enclosure have been designed and assembled, tested and calibrated individually in the Genelec factory in Finland. The 7040A features Genelec’s acclaimed Laminar Spiral Enclosure (LSE™) technology. This unique enclosure design is the result of more than 10 years of research work and manufacturing experience and allows the 7040 to achieve a high sound pressure level (an essential property for a subwoofer) and move high volumes of air without distortion.

“A trend in recent years is toward smaller-scale facilities and work that is often more focused in scope,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Manager. “But these spaces and projects still demand a high level of performance in regards to equipment, and Genelec has addressed these needs with the 8010, 8020 and M030 active monitors. The 7040 – a professional, reliable, low-frequency reproduction subwoofer – is the perfect complement to these models and together provide a comprehensive, small-footprint solution to serve this growing market sector.”

Small rooms have limited floor space, and Genelec engineers have optimized the 7040 subwoofer enclosure with this in mind. With external dimensions of 16.125 x 13.75 x 8.125-inch (410 x 350 x 205 mm), the 7040A has a footprint that is smaller than that of a small practice guitar amplifier. It is also narrow enough to fit in a 19-inch rack and weighs 25 lb (11.3 kg).

Calibration of the Genelec 7040A subwoofer to the listening environment is done using DIP switches located on the subwoofer connector panel. These controls address typical monitoring placement configurations.

The 7040A produces 100 dB of sound pressure level (SPL) using a 6 ½-inch woofer and a powerful Genelec-designed Class D amplifier. At the lowest frequencies this SPL is radiated from the bass reflex port by channelling large volumes of air movement through it. The LSE enclosure is made from a spiral-shaped strip of steel, providing maximal mechanical stability for the large pressures generated inside the subwoofer. The spiral forms the bass reflex port as well, enabling linear airflow also at the highest SPL outputs. This flow-optimized construction provides extended low frequency capacity and low distortion resulting in precise bass articulation.

For engineers and mixers on the go, an optional carry bag allows professionals to safely transport the 7040A to serve any monitoring space.

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