AES 2015: Genelec reveals flagship SAM speaker

The 139th AES Convention saw Genelec unveil its new flagship 1236 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) main monitor system.

The 1236 and its individually calibrated 3U-high Remote Amplifier Module RAM-XL provide the highest performance possible in a large format, flush-mounted main monitoring system, according to the manufacturer. The new design is based on the high-efficiency proprietary double-18-inch bass driver design of the company’s 1036 speaker.

The new system’s frequency response extends from 17 Hz to 26 kHz and is capable of delivering 130 dB SPL referred to one metre through a combination of modern digital signal processing and efficient Class D amplifiers, providing 2 x 1000W, 800W and 400W of short-term power into woofer, midrange and tweeter channels, respectively.

Measuring 960 (H) x 1,180 (W) x 650mm (D), the enclosure features a pair of 18in high-linearity woofers and two Genelec proprietary high-efficiency five-inch midrange drivers, as well as a 2in high compression tweeter, mounted in a very large Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) enclosure.

"It’s exciting to be adding the new 1236 to Genelec’s extensive Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) product range," said Lars-Olof Janflod, marketing and PR director at Genelec. "It is designed to achieve outstanding performance in the most challenging of recording and mixing environments, offering faithful reproduction with its cutting edge design. It is perfect for a wide range of production environments and applications, and highlights Genelec’s continued commitment to lead the way with innovative high performance monitoring systems”

SAM technology is a vital part of the RAM-XL design, and all crossovers, protection circuitry, and driver calibrations are implemented in the digital domain with the highest precision, Genelec says. In addition, the latest version (GLM 2.0) of Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) and AutoCal couples with the 1236 to ensure that the speaker-to-room interface remains ‘as near to perfect as possible from the moment the sound leaves the cabinet until it reaches the user’s ears.’

All electronics, amplifier circuitry, drivers and the enclosure are designed, assembled, tested and individually calibrated in the Genelec factory in Iisalmi, Finland.