At ISE 2016, Genelec is showcasing the latest addition to its Smart Active Monitor (SAM) range, the 8430.
As well as being the latest member of the series, the 8430 is also the world’s first commercially-ready AoIP (Audio over Internet Protocol) studio monitor.
Since Genelec debuted its first AoIP system at ISE 2010, much has happened in establishing more mature standards for Audio over IP, particularly the AES67 standard on interoperability.
“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,” says Siamäk Naghian, managing director at Genelec.
The 8430 features a variety of connectivity options. First using an AES67 signal via the XLR-housed RJ45 connector, and second, using a standard analogue signal via a balanced XLR connector.
As part of the Genelec SAM Series, the 8430 shares identical electro-acoustic features as the rest of the range, including MDE and DCW technologies, a flow optimised reflex port, very low distortion, high SPL and wide uncoloured response in a very compact enclosure.
“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,” concludes Naghian.
In related AoIP news, the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) is exhibiting for the first time at ISE. The MNA is the professional AV industry alliance charged with promoting awareness and adoption of AES67. Genelec is a member company, as are Archwave, Merging Technologies and Lawo, who also have AES67 products available for demonstration at ISE.