ISE 2016: Genelec launches ‘world’s first AoIP monitor’

Genelec will be showcasing the 8430, a brand new addition to its Smart Active Monitor (SAM) range, at this year’s ISE Show.

As well as being the latest member of the series, the 8430 is said to be the world’s first commercially-ready AoIP (Audio over Internet Protocol) studio monitor.

Six years ago, the company’s first audio-over-IP showcase system was selected as one of the ‘Picks of ISE 2010’. Since then, extensive research and development has been made and much has happened in establishing more mature standards for audio-over-IP. This work has been actively pursued in several forums, but in particular the AES67 standard on audio-over-IP interoperability, published in 2015, is now fast gaining acceptance and is rapidly establishing audio-over-IP in the mainstream.

The 8430 is the culmination of many years of research and development into AoIP by Genelec, and the company believes that the time is now right to launch this solution: “At Genelec we believe that audio-over-IP networking, using systems fully compatible with open and global standards, is the right, reliable and robust way to address the future needs of the audio market. By launching 8430 we are a significant step closer to this reality,” said Siamäk Naghian, managing director of Genelec.

“With the technological progress that has been made in the field and the serious involvements with AoIP by broadcasters and other customers, we feel there is potential for a well-engineered monitor to provide both convenience and high performance benefits that IP networks can deliver. We think that the 8430 is exactly that monitor and I anticipate an enthusiastic reception of the product amongst the audio community. Audio over IP is no longer the future of monitoring, it is here now.”

The 8430 combines ‘exceptional’ connectivity options. First using an AES67 signal, the AoIP industry standard, via the XLR-housed RJ45 connector, and second, using a standard analogue signal via a balanced XLR connector. As part of Genelec SAM Series, the 8430 shares identical electro-acoustic features such as Genelec MDE and DCW technologies, a flow optimised reflex port, very low distortion, high SPL and wide uncoloured response in a very compact enclosure.

Also, as a member of the SAM Series, the 8430 uses the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM 2.0) control network and software which allows adjustments of all aspects of monitor settings and full system control.

Visitors to ISE 2016 will be able to get an exclusive preview of the product at Genelec’s Stand 3-A124.