Genelec's latest offering in the studio main monitor market is the new 1234 SAM System. We checked out another, smaller Smart Active Monitoring system from the Finnish company back at last year's AES Convention — the 8351 — for which we'll be bringing you a review soon.
Read more from Genelec below.
Press Release: Genelec has launched the new 1234 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) System. Designed to achieve accurate and powerful sound reproduction in demanding recording and mixing environments, the 1234 SAM System, provides excellent, well-controlled directivity and neutral sound reproduction. Supplied complete with a RAM XL (Remote Amplifier Module), this innovative solution represents the best in modern, high performance, large main monitoring systems.
The Genelec 1234 SAM System packs cutting edge specification and intelligent technology into a powerful main monitoring solution. All electronics, amplifier circuitry, drivers and enclosures are designed, assembled, tested and individually calibrated at the Genelec factory in Finland. The 1234 SAM System has a system frequency response from 29 Hz to 21 kHz and is capable of delivering 125 dB SPL at 1 metre through a combination of efficient Genelec-designed 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.
“We’re delighted to unveil the 1234 SAM System at AES Warsaw 2015, where visitors to our stand will be able to witness its outstanding performance first-hand,” 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 system’s 160 litre enclosure features two 12 inch drivers and a Genelec proprietary 5 inch midrange driver as well as a 1 inch 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, 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 Genelec proprietary 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.