Genelec 1032C SAM Studio Monitor

SKU: Genelec 1032C Active Monitor-Single
$ 2,695.00

Genelec 1032C SAM

The 1032C is a high-SPL, 250W LF x 150W HF two-way nearfield monitor with 10" woofer and 1" metal dome tweeter that combines the soffit-mountable cabinet of the iconic 1000 series with Genelec's networked Smart Active Monitoring technology.

A ubiquitous monitor for high-end commercial and project studios, the iconic face of the 1032 has been seen sitting majestically on meter bridges in the background of countless video and magazine interviews of top audio professionals. In fact, sitting on the console of the Neve 88R in Alan Sides' Ocean Way studio are a pair of Genelec 1032s, which is pretty significant when you consider that Alan manufactures his own brand of ultra high-end main monitors. The 1032C is not just the latest iteration of the venerable 1032, it now includes Genelec's latest networked Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) technology. SAM enables the precise adaptation of the 1032C's output to the acoustic characteristics of any environment via Genelec Loudspeaker Management software (Mac/PC), particularly, AutoCal, which does all the heavy lifting for you. GLM also adds the possibility of building monitoring systems of any size using a variety of SAM models. You can mute, solo, and switch, between monitors in the system, as well as adjust delay alignment, video compensation delay, and level calibration. And to keep those electric bills under control, the 1032C also features input sensing for automatic power saving and wake up. And of course, there's Genelec's outstanding sound reproduction.

Genelec 1032C SAM unique features:

  • Smart Active Monitor (SAM) Systems
  • Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) Technology
  • Room Response Compensation
  • Active Crossovers
  • Protection Circuitry
  • Optimized Amplifiers
  • Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) Technology

Genelec 1032C SAM - Behind the Grille

Networked Smart Active Monitor (SAM) Systems

Genelec's advanced SAM Systems can automatically adapt to acoustic environments and correct for levels, delays and room anomalies. SAM Systems can be controlled via Genelec proprietary Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) network and software, enabling you to build a highly flexible and reliable monitoring system. If the monitors have to move between rooms, you can rely on SAM technology to give you absolute consistency, a neutral soundstage, and low distortion. All electronics, drivers, and enclosures are designed, assembled, tested, and calibrated in Genelec's factory in Finland. Genelec quality and reliability ensure a secure long-term investment, with environmentally conscious, low energy consumption and outstanding audio quality.

AutoCal room calibration

Genelec AutoCal is a system integrator's dream and gets you out of stasis and into production faster. It facilitates setup by measuring acoustic response in the listening area and applying the appropriate compensation in the low and low-mid frequencies to minimize the muddying effect of room modes and other unwanted room resonances, while simultaneously accounting for the differences between various listening positions.

All this combines with the color-free accuracy of the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE), and precise on- and off-axis frequency reproduction of the Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW). The result is the ideal small monitor to fit the way you work.

Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) Technology

Genelec's Directivity Control Waveguide shapes the emitted wave front of direct radiating multi-way monitors in a way that allows predictable tailoring of the speaker's dispersion pattern. DCW technology also minimizes early reflections, providing a wide, controlled listening area with accurate sound reproduction both on- and off-axis.

Another advantage of minimized early reflections and controlled constant directivity is that the frequency balance of the room's reverberation field is essentially the same as the direct field from the monitors. As a result, the monitor's performance is less affected by room acoustic characteristics.  

The consistent off-axis frequency response of the waveguide enables engineers to move in and out of the sweet spot without losing perspective while working.    

DCW technology key benefits:

  • Flat on- and off-axis response for wider usable listening area
  • Increased direct-to-reflected sound ratio for reduced control room coloration
  • Improved stereo and soundstage imaging
  • Increased drive unit sensitivity up to 6dB
  • Increased system maximum sound pressure level capacity
  • Decreased drive unit distortion
  • Reduced cabinet edge diffraction
  • Reduced complete system distortion

Room compensation controls

Each room changes the monitor's response in a unique way, e.g. reflective vs. damped rooms, or placement against a wall vs. on a stand away from the walls. All Genelec loudspeaker systems feature room response adjustments to compensate for the room influences and retrieve a flat frequency response at the listening position. Frequency response can be adjusted to match the acoustic environment by setting the tone control switches on the rear panel of all Genelec monitors.

Active crossover

In a typical 2-way loudspeaker system, the active crossover needs two power amplifiers; one for the woofer and one for the tweeter. Electronic crossovers split the audio signal into separate frequency bands that can be separately routed to individual power amplifiers optimized for the frequency band of their respective transducers.

The active design principle offers multiple benefits:

  • The power amplifiers are directly connected to the speaker drivers, maximizing the control exerted by the power amplifier's damping on the driver's voice coil, reducing the consequences of dynamic changes in the driver electrical characteristics. This may improve the transient response of the system
  • There is a reduction in the power amplifier output requirement. With no energy lost in the passive crossover filter components, the amplifier power output requirements are reduced considerably (by up to 1/2 in some cases) without any reduction in the acoustic power output of the loudspeaker system. This can reduce costs and increase audio quality and system reliability
  • No loss between amplifier and driver units results in maximum acoustic efficiency
  • Active technology can achieve superior sound output vs. size vs. low-frequency cut-off performance
  • All loudspeakers are delivered as a factory aligned system (amplifiers, crossover electronics, and enclosure-driver systems)

Protection circuitry

The protection circuitry prevents driver failure by detecting signal levels and responding accordingly. In the case of sudden peaks or levels that are too high for long periods, the protection circuitry reduces signal level automatically. This feature does not affect the sound quality in any way when working within the specifications of the loudspeaker, but only prevents inappropriate input signals from breaking the loudspeaker.

Protection circuitry features and benefits:

  • Reduces the output level when required (e.g. when driver voice coil temperature reaches the safe limit), which highly improves system reliability
  • Appropriate protection circuitry design for each loudspeaker and subwoofer maximizes system output level

Optimized amplifiers

The power amplifiers are connected directly to the drivers of an active loudspeaker, resulting in the power amplifier's load becoming much simpler to deal with. Each driver-specific power amplifier has only a limited frequency range to amplify (the power amplifier is placed after the active crossover), which adds to the ease of design, since all parameters and tolerances are known.

Intelligent Signal Sensing function

Genelec's Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) is a power-saving feature that prolongs the service life of the monitor. ISS reduces power consumption to less than 0.5 watts by automatically switching the active monitor to standby when no audio signal has been detected for some time. When playback begins, the mode indicator light on the loudspeaker lights up and the playback resumes after a slight delay (<2 seconds).

The 1032C SAM is built to provide those working in high-end music production, post-production, and broadcast with unimpeachable performance commensurate with the expectations and needs of award-winning professionals. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist today.

  • Lower cut-off frequency, –6dB: 33Hz
  • Upper cut-off frequency, –6dB: 23Hz
  • Free field frequency response, ± 2.5dB: 40Hz-20kHz
  • Maximum short term sine wave acoustic output on axis in half space, averaged from 100Hz to 3kHz @ 1 m: >114dB SPL
  • Maximum long term RMS acoustic output in the same conditions with IEC weighted noise (limited by driver protection circuit) @ 1m: > 104dB
  • Maximum peak acoustic output per pair in a listening room with music material @ 2 m: > 124dB
  • Self-generated noise level in free space at 1 m on axis (A- weighted): ≤5dB

Harmonic distortion at 95dB SPL at 1 m on axis:

  • Frequency 50-200Hz: < 1%
  • Frequency > 200Hz: < 0.5%


  • Bass: 10" (250 mm)
  • Treble: 1" (25 mm)

(All drivers are magnetically shielded)

Amplifier Section

  • Bass amplifier short-term output power: 250W
  • Treble amplifier short-term output power: 150W

Long-term output power is limited by driver protection circuitry

  • Amplifier system THD at nominal output: < 0.05%

Signal-to-noise ratio, referred to full output

  • Bass: >116dB
  • Midrange: >119dB
  • Treble: >115dB
  • Mains voltage: 100-120, 220-240 VAC, 50/60Hz

Power consumption

  • ISS active: 1W
  • Idle: 11W
  • Full output short term: 200W

Signal Processing Section

  • Analog signal input connector: XLR female, balanced 10k ohm
  • Maximum analog input signal: +25dBu
  • Analog input sensitivity (100dB SPL at 1 m): -6dBu
  • Analog input gain selection rotary control: Adjustable from +6 to -6dB
  • Digital input connector (XLR female 110 ohm): AES/EBU single/dual wire
  • Digital output/thru connector (XLR male 110 ohm): AES/EBU single/dual wire

Digital audio input

  • Word length: 16/24-bit
  • Sample rate: 32kHz – 192kHz
  • Digital input sensitivity (100 dB SPL at 1 m): 30dBFS
  • Digital input gain sensitivity, rotary control: Adjustable from +6 to 6dB

Control network

  • Type: Proprietary GLM network
  • Connection: 2x RJ45, CAT5 cables

Crossover frequency: 1.8kHz

GLM software frequency response adjustment

  • Parametric notch filters: 16
  • Shelving filters: 2 LF, 2 HF

System calibration

  • Genelec GLM AutoCal
  • AutoCal
  • GLM manual
  • Stand-alone*


  • Weight: 37.4 lb. (17 kg)


  • Height: 19-1/2" (495 mm)
  • Width: 12-5/8" (320 mm)
  • Depth: 11-7/8" (290 mm)

* The notch and shelving filters adjustments, AutoCal and GLM manual system calibration features are part of the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) software




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