ISE 2016 saw the launch of the world’s first IP studio monitor, the 8430 from Genelec. Based on RAVENNA technology for audio transport, and thus fully AES67-compatible, the 8430 is the culmination of many years of intense research since Genelec demonstrated its first audio-over-IP showcase system at ISE 2010. At the time the showcase was selected as one of the ‘Picks of ISE 2010’ as it was recognised as among the best new innovations presented at the show. Since then, much has happened in the world of audio-over-IP, including the publication of the AES67 interoperability standard in 2013. AES67 – and thus RAVENNA as the only natively AES67-compatible audio transport technology - is now fast gaining acceptance as the industry’s route to interoperability and is rapidly establishing audio-over-IP in the mainstream.
As such, the 8430 is the result of several years of concentrated R&D into AoIP by Genelec, who feel that the time is now right to launch this advanced solution. According to Genelec’s managing director, Siamäk Naghian, “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,” he says. “With the technological progress that has been made in the field and the serious involvement with AoIP by broadcasters and other customers, we feel there is potential for a well-engineered monitor to provide both the 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 a RAVENNA/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 the Genelec SAM Series, the 8430 shares identical electro-acoustic features such as Genelec MDE™ and DCW™ technologies, a flow-optimized reflex port, very low distortion, high SPL and wide, uncoloured response in a very compact enclosure - all this achieves the most accurate sound reproduction possible.
Also, as member of the SAM Series, the 8430 uses the highly intuitive Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM™ 2.0) 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.
Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA Evangelist at ALC NetworX, developers of the RAVENNA high-performance media-over-IP networking technology, comments: “After introducing their prototype AoIP solution at IBC 2010 and their on-going contribution as one of the first members of the RAVENNA community, we are delighted to congratulate Genelec on delivering the first commercially available RAVENNA/AES67-enabled high-end studio monitor system to the industry. An industry first, the 8430 is set to become an indispensable tool in IP networked audio systems in music studios, post-production houses, digital edit suites, radio, TV and outside broadcasting applications.”
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