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Music Gear Review: Genelec 8430A IP SAM Studio Monitor

Part of the Genelec Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) Series, the two-way active Genelec 8430A IP SAM ™ Studio Monitor is the first standalone speaker to support monitoring audio-over-IP streams (up to 96kHz sample rates) using AES67 and RAVENNA standards.

The 8430A shares the line’s electro-acoustic features such as Genelec MDE ™ and DCW ™ technologies with a flow-optimized reflex port, very low distortion at high SPL and wide bandwidth. The 8430A Studio Monitor connects to the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM ™ 2.0) control network for monitor setup and AutoCal ™ for optimum level, timing and acoustic room response correction.

Powered by two Class-D amplifiers, 50-watts for the 5-inch woofer and 50-watts for the 3⁄4-inch dome tweeter, maximum SPL is 104dB. The 8430A has input jacks for XLR balanced analog plus RJ45 jacks for audio-over-IP streams, and GLM control network connections.

The 8430As are $1,099 MSRP each plus the SAM User Kit ($495) for the GLM/AutoCal control.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazinebarryrudolph.com