|Launched at Musikmesse /Prolight+Sound Show 2011, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Genelec showcased its 1238CF slim speaker enclosure for medium-sized control rooms, film and video postproduction, broadcast monitoring and project studios at 131st AES convention in New York.
The 1238CF is a compact three-way DSP monitoring loudspeaker including a slim speaker enclosure, two eight-inch (210-mm) long-throw bass drivers, a five-inch (130-mm) proprietary Genelec midrange driver and a one-inch (25-mm) metal dome tweeter, multiple power amplifiers, digital signal processing (DSP) circuitry and active, low-level crossovers. Designed for medium-sized control rooms, this system is ideal for music recording studios, project studios, film and video postproduction and broadcast monitoring. The 1238CF is compatible with proprietary Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) control software, Version 1.4.0, and can be combined with Genelec 8200/7200 Series products in the same control network.
The 1238CF was developed as a response to market feedback and customer requests for Mid/High-frequency Genelec performance in a more compact package. Today’s audio production rooms are often small, and most multichannel environments use a subwoofer combined with bass management to handle most of the LF content as well as the LFE channel signal. Genelec has engineered the 1238CF specifically with these needs in mind.
The 1238CF features a bass response down to 57 Hz, as the focus is on Mid/High directivity characteristics. The system can optionally be used in combination with a subwoofer in either stereo or multichannel applications. The 1238CF’s very compact, sealed enclosure measures 24" (610 mm) H x 18.5" (470 mm) W x 10.125" (257 mm) D, making it suitable for on-wall, free-standing or flush-mounted applications. The system has a built-in tri-amplifier unit, delivering a total of 390 watts into the long-throw bass drivers, midrange driver and metal dome tweeter.
The 1238CF uses Genelec’s advanced Directivity Controlled Waveguide (DCW) technology which provides excellent stereo imaging and frequency balance, even in difficult acoustic environments. The system can be used in both vertical and horizontal orientation by simply rotating the DCW unit.
Only mains power and input signal are needed. All drivers are magnetically shielded as standard to minimize stray magnetic fields. The system is capable of delivering sound pressure levels of up to 117 dB maximum peak acoustic output per pair (measured with music audio), at a distance of 39.37" (one meter).
The rugged amplifier unit is mounted into the enclosure with vibration isolators, which also act as quick-release hinges, making maintenance operations very easy and straightforward. The loudspeaker cabinet is constructed of painted MDF, which is heavily braced to eliminate structural resonances. A rack-mount adapter is available, so that the amplifier unit can be positioned separately from the enclosure for flush- or on-wall mounting applications, allowing for more efficient amplifier cooling and easier access to the CAT5 and audio connections for GLM and AutoCal connections during in-room system calibration.