Genelec 8331 SAM Studio Monitor (Producer Finish)

BH #GE8331AP • MFR #8331AP
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Genelec 8331 SAM Studio Monitor (Producer Finish)
Key Features
  • Dual 5.1" Acoustically-Concealed Woofers
  • Minimum Diffraction Coaxial Driver
  • Accepts Analog or AES/EBU Signal
  • Outputs AES/EBU Signal for Linking
Styled in a finish dubbed "producer" by the manufacturers, the Genelec 8331 is a point-source, near-field monitor for pro-audio applications. It features a coaxial design, which houses its midrange driver, treble tweeter, and dual 5.1” woofers in one location, thereby aligning their acoustical axes and ensuring an accurate point of sonic radiation. The monitor can accept both analog and digital AES/EBU signals from separate XLR jacks, using Intelligent Signal Sensing technology (ISS) to detect automatically what kind of audio is being fed into the monitor.
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Genelec 8331 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) Compatible
  • 3Analog or AES/EBU
  • 4Minimum-Diffraction Coaxial Driver (MDC)
  • 5Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW)
  • 6Smart Active Monitor (SAM)

Styled in a finish dubbed "producer" by the manufacturers, the Genelec 8331 is a point-source, near-field monitor for pro-audio applications. It features a coaxial design, which houses its midrange driver, treble tweeter, and dual 5.1” woofers in one location, thereby aligning their acoustical axes and ensuring an accurate point of sonic radiation. The monitor can accept both analog and digital AES/EBU signals from separate XLR jacks, using Intelligent Signal Sensing technology (ISS) to detect automatically what kind of audio is being fed into the monitor.

To coordinate multiple 8331s, you can make use of Genelec’s GLM software to tune your monitor to your room, facilitate and coordinate the daisy-chaining of monitors, override the ISS function, and more. Routing is accomplished by means of a few Cat5 cables and a GLM adapter, which is available separately. You’ll note that two RJ45s are provided for GLM connectivity. An XLR output jack is also on hand for sending identical copies of incoming AES/EBU signals to other monitors.

DIP switches and a rotary control for level are offered on the rear of the monitor for offline use. Here, you’ll also find a reflex port to better direct low-end energy. An Iso-Pod stand is included to facilitate isolation from aurally deleterious surfaces. Other assets, such as the 8331’s acoustically concealed woofers, minimum diffraction coaxial construction, and a proprietary waveguide, are further expounded upon in the features section.

Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) Compatible

GLM, a proprietary software available free from Genelec, allows you to coordinate, equalize, and otherwise manage your 8331 to its fullest potential.

Analog or AES/EBU

The 8331's audio inputs are designed to integrate easily into all professional environments, supporting balanced, line-level analog and AES/EBU-format digital signals. Analog input is selected when the AES/EBU signal input is not connected. The AES/EBU-format digital audio input is selected automatically when a valid digital audio signal is present. Automatic audio signal input selection can be overridden, however, when the 8331 is controlled by a GLM network, enabling flexible selection of either input. On the output side, an XLR connector passes through an unaltered copy of the incoming AES/EBU signal, enabling daisy-chaining of up to four monitors. The proper digital channel can be selected using DIP switches, or via GLM.

Minimum-Diffraction Coaxial Driver (MDC)

The minimum-diffraction coaxial driver is comprised of a powerful midrange element combined with a tweeter that extends to ultrasonic frequencies. This arrangement minimizes or downright eliminates acoustic the diffraction sources typically found in coaxial drivers, engendering a flat frequency response both on the acoustical axis and at all off-axis points of listening. The 8331 may be oriented either horizontally or vertically, and is intended for near-field listening where the influences of the room can be minimized as much as possible. Typical distances can vary from approximately three to ten feet, depending on room size and SPL requirements.

Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW)

The 8331 has an uncharacteristically large directivity-control waveguide extending over the whole front face of the enclosure. The midrange driver cone also forms a part of the directivity-control waveguide for the tweeter. From behind the waveguide, two woofers radiate audio through two openings in the enclosure front. This design enables directivity control of all audio frequencies down to the low bass frequencies.

Smart Active Monitor (SAM)

SAM technology can improve the reliability and accuracy of these monitors, providing several parametric notch and shelving filters that can be tuned automatically in concert with GLM software, thus compensating for colorations generated by room acoustics. This enables SAM monitors to sound neutral and achieve accurate imaging in most acoustical environments.

Genelec 8331 Specs

Studio Monitor
Monitor TypeActive 3-Way
EnclosureBass-Reflex, Shielded
DriversHF Driver: 1 x 0.7" / 19 mm Metal Dome Tweeter
MF Driver: 1 x 3.5" / 90 mm Cone
LF Driver: 2 x 5.1" / 130 mm Oval Cone
AmplificationHF Amplifier: Rated at 36 W
MF Amplifier: Rated at 36 W
LF Amplifier: Rated at 72 W
Performance
Frequency Response58 Hz to 20 kHz ± 1.5 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)110 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.05%
Maximum Input Level+24 dBu
Analog Input Sensitivity/Gain+36  to -6 dBu (Continuously Variable)
Self-Generated NoiseLess Than 0 dBA (at 3.28' / 1 m)
Protections and LimitingDriver Protection
Crossover
Crossover FrequencyLow-Pass Frequency: 500 Hz
High-Pass Frequency: 3 kHz
Connectivity
I/O1 x 3-Pin XLR Female Analog Input (10 kOhms)
1 x 3-Pin XLR AES/EBU Female Digital Input (110 Ohms)
1 x 3-Pin XLR AES/EBU Male Digital Output/Thru (110 Ohms)
Computer Interface2 x RJ45 (Controller, Network)
Digital Audio
Digital EQ & CrossoverGLM Software Adjustment
16 x Parametric Notch Filter
2 x Low Shelf EQ
2 x High Shelf EQ
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption0.5 W (Standby)
16 W (Idle)
250 W (Maximum)
General
Dimensions (W x H x D)7.5 x 12 x 8.4" / 189 x 305 x 243 mm
Weight15.0 lb / 6.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight18.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20 x 11 x 10.75"
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