Genelec Introduces 1234 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) System at 138th AES

May 11 2015, 03:00
During the 138th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in Warsaw, Poland, Genelec launched its new 1234 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) System. This is a high-performance, large main monitoring system that provides extremely well-controlled directivity and neutral sound, from 29 Hz to 21 kHz and delivering 125 dB SPL at 1 m through a combination of efficient Class-D amplifiers.

The new Genelec 1234 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) System was designed to achieve accurate and powerful sound reproduction in demanding recording and mixing environments. The new member of Genelec’s SAM series is supplied complete with a RAM XL (Remote Amplifier Module), packing cutting edge technology.

All electronics, amplifier circuitry, drivers, and enclosures are designed, assembled, tested, and individually calibrated at the Genelec factory in Finland. The 1234 SAM System uses a combination of efficient Class-D amplifiers providing 2x 750 W, 400 W ,and 250 W of short-term power for the woofers, midrange, and tweeter channels, respectively. It is ideally suited to recording studios, post-production houses, digital mastering facilities, radio and TV broadcasting.

Genelec demo room at the 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Warsaw, Poland - Photo courtesy of Genelec

“We’re delighted to unveil the 1234 SAM System at AES Warsaw 2015,” says Lars-Olof Janflod, Marketing and PR Director at Genelec. “Its faithful reproduction and cutting edge design ensures that it is an excellent addition to our SAM product offering, and illustrates Genelec’s commitment to remain at the very forefront of high performance monitoring systems. The 1234 SAM System is able to offer superb neutral sound reproduction in even the most challenging of environments.”

“The 1234 represent a redefinition of what large main monitor system should be; intelligent, powerful and more accurate than ever,” adds Will Eggleston, Marketing Director, Genelec Inc. “With two systems already sold in the US, these customers will benefit from years of Genelec engineering research and SAM technology now integrated into these large systems. The 1234 is an excellent addition to the SAM portfolio of 14 bi-amp and tri-amp monitors, and subwoofers.”

The system’s 160-ltr enclosure features two 12" drivers and a Genelec proprietary 5" midrange driver as well as a 1" treble driver mounted in a large Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW). With Genelec’s advanced DCW providing a wide and controlled listening area, early reflections are minimized for very accurate sound reproduction both on- and off-axis. The dual woofer design extends the control of the directivity to low frequencies along the short front baffle dimension and the Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time.

The Genelec 1234 SAM System is controlled via proprietary Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) network and software. Genelec’s intelligent SAM technology integrates the system into the listening environment by automatically compensating for detrimental room influences. This enables computer controlled, flexible networked monitors and subwoofers to be aligned and adjusted for level, time-of-flight, and room response compensations.
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