Genelec Debuts 8130A Digital Monitoring System

Genelec, an active monitoring system manufacturer, announced the launch of its new 8130A Digital Monitoring System. Featuring a 192 kHz/24-bit digital audio interface, AES/EBU digital and analog audio inputs and automatic detection of word length and sampling frequency, the 8130A is the latest addition to Genelec’s critically acclaimed 8000 MDE™ Series of bi-amplified active monitors.
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Genelec, an active monitoring system manufacturer, announced the launch of its new 8130A Digital Monitoring System. Featuring a 192 kHz/24-bit digital audio interface, AES/EBU digital and analog audio inputs and automatic detection of word length and sampling frequency, the 8130A is the latest addition to Genelec’s critically acclaimed 8000 MDE™ Series of bi-amplified active monitors.

The 8130A is compact, and features advanced integrated construction, dispersion and precise stereo imaging. The system was designed for use in near-field monitoring, mobile vans, digital audio workstations, broadcast/TV control rooms, surround sound systems, home studios, multimedia applications and computer soundcards.

The 8130A is part of the 8000 MDE (Minimum Diffraction Enclosure™) Series, which takes a new approach to enclosure design, driver technology and active electronics. In order to improve frequency and power responses, Genelec has designed an innovative enclosure featuring rounded edges and gently curved front and sides. In addition to unsurpassed frequency response, the minimized cabinet edge diffraction provides imaging qualities, while the 8130A utilizes an entirely aluminum MDE design with integrated Advanced Directivity Controlled Waveguide™ (DCW™) to yield large internal volumes and outstanding mechanical strength. Bass response has been widened down to 55 Hz (-3 dB) while distortion is substantially lower due to a unique new rear port design. The 8130A has sufficient LF extension for most monitoring situations, but can be complemented with Genelec’s 7050A subwoofer (cutoff point 38 Hz) for additional low-end response.

Genelec has ensured that the alignment of the entire system from the digital input connection is carefully balanced. This includes automatic detection of word length and sampling frequency as well as a perfect level match throughout the system from D/A converter to power amplifier outputs.

The 8130A is simple to set up and use, as the only connections required are the mains supply and the line level input. The female XLR input connector can be fed with either AES/EBU formatted digital signal or analog line level audio signal. The 8130A automatically detects analog or digital signals and directs them to the correct signal paths. When the 8130A is presented with a dual-wire/single channel signal, detection is automatic and the digital input mode is selected. Up to eight 8130As can be daisy-chained together in digital or analog mode through the two male XLR output connectors on the control panel.

The 8130A features a 5-inch bass driver along with a 3/4-inch tweeter loaded into a new Advanced DCW. The free-field frequency response is 58 Hz to 20 kHz (±2.0 dB). Peak SPL per pair is 108 dB, driven by a pair of 40-watt amplifiers.

Also included with each 8000 Series monitoring system is the unique Genelec Iso-Pod™ (Isolation Positioner/Decoupler™). The Iso-Pod is a mounting stand that allows for monitoring in either vertical or horizontal orientation, allowing the user to accurately aim the acoustic axis of the monitor to the listener and mechanically decouple it from the surface on which it rests.

The new Genelec 8130A Digital Monitoring System will be available in March 2005 at an MSRP of $995 per channel.

For more information, please go to www.genelecusa.com.