New Gear Review: Genelec M Series Active Monitors


The first two models in the Genelec M Series Bi-amplified Active Monitor line are the M030 and the larger M040. They both use a Natural Composite Enclosure™ manufactured for Genelec in Finland from wood fiber and recyclable material. The M030 and M040 have rounded edges and gently curved front and sides to minimize cabinet edge diffraction and foster better sound imaging.

Automatic voltage selection allows the monitors to operate throughout the world and there is auto power on/off with standby power consumption less than 0.5W. The M030 has a five-inch woofer and 0.75-inch metal dome tweeter powered by 50 and 30-watt Class-D amplifiers. It has a frequency response of 58Hz to 20kHz. The bigger M040 goes with a 6.5-inch woofer and one-inch metal dome tweeter powered by 80-watt and 50-watt Class-D amplifiers and a response of 48Hz-20kHz.

Additionally, the M Series have intuitive room response controls and system calibration with both XLR/TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs.

The Genelec M030’s sell for $695 each while the M040’s run at $995 each.


By Barry Rudolph

MiniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com