Genelec unveils 1234 Smart Active Monitoring system

Genelec has launched its new 1234 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) system, designed to achieve accurate and powerful sound reproduction in demanding recording and mixing environments.

The 1234 promises well-controlled directivity and neutral sound reproduction. Supplied complete with a RAM XL (Remote Amplifier Module), this solution represents ‘the best in modern, high performance, large main monitoring systems’, according to the manufacturer.

All electronics, amplifier circuitry, drivers and enclosures are designed, assembled, tested and individually calibrated at the Genelec factory in Finland. The speaker offers a system frequency response from 29 Hz to 21 kHz and is capable of delivering 125 dB SPL at one metre through a combination of Genelec-designed Class D amplifiers providing 2 x 750W, 400W and 250W of short term power for the woofers, midrange and tweeter channels, respectively. It is ideally suited to recording studios, post-production houses and digital mastering facilities, as well as radio and TV broadcasting applications.

The system’s 160-litre enclosure features two 12in drivers and a Genelec proprietary 5in midrange driver, along with a 1in treble driver mounted in a large Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW). With Genelec’s DCW providing a wide and controlled listening area, early reflections are minimised 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 unit is controlled via Genelec proprietary Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) network and software. Genelec’s SAM technology integrates the system into the listening environment by automatically compensating for detrimental room influences. This enables computer controlled networked monitors and subwoofers to be aligned and adjusted for level, time-of-flight, and room response compensations.

“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," said Lars-Olof Janflod, marketing and PR director at Genelec. "The 1234 SAM system is able to offer superb neutral sound reproduction in even the most challenging of environments.”