New Gear Review: Genelec 7040A Ultra-Compact Subwoofer

7040A_Photo1The new 7040A ultra-compact subwoofer is designed to go with Genelec’s 8010, 8020 and M030 active monitors. Its diminutive size at just 16.125 X 13.75 X 8.125-inches belies its big performance. The 7040A produces 100 dB of sound pressure level (SPL) using a 6 1⁄2-inch woofer and a Genelec-designed Class-D amplifier.

Designed for use in rooms or mobile studios with limited floor space such as small project music creation studios, sound design suites or post-production rooms, the 7040A features Genelec’s acclaimed Laminar Spiral Enclosure (LSETM) technology.

I liked that the 7040A is narrow enough to fit within a 19-inch rack cabinet, weighs 25 lbs. and there is an optional carrying bag for the itinerant engineer to transport the 7040A easily to and from any studio.

For set up and addressing typical monitoring environments, the 7040A locates all DIP-switches on the subwoofer connector panel and the 7040A connects between your monitors with stereo in and out jacks.

The Genelec 7040A Ultra-Compact Subwoofer sells for $895 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com