Making its debut at ISE 2016 and said to be the world’s first commercially ready AoIP (audio over internet protocol) studio monitor is the 8430 from Genelec.
The 8430’s connectivity includes the use of an AES67 signal via the XLR-housed RJ45 connector, and a standard analogue signal via a balanced XLR connector. As part of the Genelec SAM Series, the 8430 shares identical electro-acoustic features such as Genelec MDE and DCW technologies, a flow-optimised reflex port and what the company says is very low distortion, high SPL and wide uncoloured response in a very compact unit.
Also, as member of the SAM Series, the 8430 uses the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager control network and software which allows adjustments of all aspects of monitor settings and full system control. As a central part of GLM, Genelec AutoCal automatically ensures every monitor on the network is aligned for level, timing, as well as compensation of room response anomalies.
“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 the 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.”