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SAM™ Systems Timeline

Genelec, the world's pioneer in active monitoring technology since 1978 has been developing its range of Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) Systems for more than 10 years.

The SAM Systems project began as an R&D effort in 2000 with the goal of advancing a concept that would bring a higher level of integration of performance and flexibility to the professional user.

After winning numerous industry awards, Genelec's wide range of SAM Systems are today's most sophisticated tools for accurate and reliable monitoring and an indispensable solution any music, broadcast or post-production facility.

2006: 8240, 8250, 7260, 7270 & 7271​

In mid 2006 our first Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM 1.0) release offered computer control of five new DSP products; the 8240 and 8250 active monitors and 7260, 7270, and 7271 subwoofers.

For the first time in a professional monitoring system, users could obtain in-room calibration with Genelec's proprietary optimization algorithm, AutoCal;" providing automatic calibration of level, timing arrival, and room response equalization for up to 30 monitors on the GLM network. Early adopters immediately saw the added flexibility and accuracy to be a significant improvement over standard analog monitoring.

2007: SE System 8130 & 7261

A year after the GLM 1.0 release, the market was asking for a smaller monitor system with the same degree of flexibility and accuracy. Thus came the SE Systems for Small Environments - a perfect marriage of a specially coded 7261 DSP subwoofer, GLM SE software, and the 8130 digital input monitor.

2009: 8260

With the advancing acceptance of GLM and AutoCal, it was time to go larger and extend the 8200 range of intelligent monitoring. The 8260 3-way was unique with its consistent 8000 enclosure appearance enabled by the design of our high resolution Minimum Diffraction Coaxial Mid/Tweet Driver combined with a traditional 10" woofer.

2011: 1238CF

Following the release in 2009 of the 1038CF compact, flat 3-way, Genelec R&D took to endorsing the request to make a GLM/AutoCal version that would have broad appeal in mid-field post production environments. Standing 610 mm tall, 470 mm wide and 257 mm deep (24 x 18 1/2 x 10 1/8 inch), the 1238CF has become a perfect solution for customers needing a space saving enclosure combined with high directivity and impressive SPL capacity.

2013: 1237, 1238 & 1238 Center

In order to extend the concept of Smart Active Monitoring to even larger products, Genelec's SAM R&D group took to designing a new amplifier module for the 1037 and 1038 sized enclosures. The result? A "hat trick" of 3 new higher resolution products: the 1237, 1238, and 1238AC Smart Active Monitors.

2014: GLM 2.0, 8320, 8330, 7350 & 8351

2014 was an exceptional year for Smart Active Monitoring introductions. A three phase effort culminated in software and product solutions for new as well as existing SAM System owners.

GLM 2.0 introduces a totally new user interface with improved functionality. With this new graphical approach, users benefit from easier to configure Layouts, as well as new features for Groups and Setups. GLM 2.0 is MAC and Windows compatible and provides control for all 1200, 8200, 8300, 7200, and 7300 Smart Active Monitors as well as the legacy Small Environment Systems

Concurrent with the release of GLM 2.0 was the introduction of the Compact SAM series of products. These three products provide exceptional SAM performance for small rooms or OB van environments where monitor placement and acoustics can often be quite challenging.

The 8351 can only be described as the most inventive monitor Genelec has ever designed. It’s initial design brief specified "a smaller 3 way" while maintaining the overall proportions of the 8000 Series. Using the Minimum Diffraction Coaxial  driver from the 8260, combined with a large waveguide and acoustically concealed woofers, the 8351 redefines the near-field experience with accuracy and performance normally found in much larger monitors.

2015: 1234 & 1236

Enabled by the development of the powerful Class D RAM XL, high precision Smart Active Monitoring was brought to large format Main Monitoring products. The first introduction was the 1234 SAM dual 12" monitor system. The 1234 SAM studio monitor features a large Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW™) which provides very precise on- and off-axis imaging and neutral sound reproduction.

The SAM 1236 is the largest and most powerful monitor Genelec manufactures. With more than 3.2kW of RAM XL power, the 1236 SAM is capable of delivering more than 130 dB with a frequency response that extends below 20 Hz, ensuring headroom and accuracy into any large control room environment. Combined with Genelec's AutoCal I GLM 2.0 package, this large format main monitor system seamlessly integrates precision and flexibility - creating a new flagship benchmark from Genelec.

2016: 8340, 8350, 7360, 7370, 9301 & 8430 IP

10 years after the successful introduction of the 8200 and 7200 Series, Genelec’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art monitoring solutions continues.

Following the introduction the new generation, high resolution, 8320, 8330 and 7350 SAM Systems in 2014, the new 8340 and 8350 Smart monitors combined with new 7360 and 7370 Smart subwoofers introduced in 2016 offer the highest possible system flexibility for demanding monitoring needs, for both analogue and digital audio applications. Smart subwoofers are also complemented by the new 9301 AES/EBU Multichannel interface which allows easy connection to any 7.1 digital audio sources.

A world’s first, the Genelec 8430 IP is the only professional solution for directly monitoring Audio-over-IP (AoIP) streams in modern networking applications. Making SAM even Smarter, the 8430 IP supports the industry’s AoIP interoperability standard AES67, and is compatible with the networking protocols of today and tomorrow. Crucially, it is also a fully developed SAM System, enabling fast and accurate multichannel or immersive audio system calibration. The 8430 IP is an industry first that’s ready to work.