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Genelec 1032 CPM

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Are you looking for a quality monitoring speaker to properly manage mixing and mastering in your professional studio? You can acquire the Genelec 1032 CPM professional monitor in your studio. It is an active audio monitor. This studio monitoring speaker allows you to semi-automate the frequency response, thanks to the use of the Genelec Loudspeaker Manger technology kit. Discover through this test guide all the strong points of this monitoring speaker.


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Summary of the Test 👇

There are different types of speakers on the market. You can find a powered speaker , a model with an subwoofer and amplifier , etc. It is also possible to find audio speakers with DAC , DSP , RMS , Électro Voice , and many others.

Regarding the connection, there are models that include various connectors (RCA, mini-jack, XLR, etc.). As for brands, many of them present themselves as references in the audio market. There is Pioneer, RCF, Focal, JBL, Bose, Sonos… and Genelec.

You can find a wireless speaker (like a soundbar that works via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for example), a multiroom, a home theater speaker or even professional models like monitoring speakers by consulting the offers of these brands.

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Speaking of monitoring speakers, Genelec offers a recent model which has quickly won the hearts of sound professionals. This is the Genelec 1032 CPM. double coil audio speaker with a large membrane .

The 1032 CPM from Genelec is one of the active speakers. Unlike passive speakers, it has its own amplification module . It therefore does not need an external amplifier. It is included in the category of amplified speakers . Then there is bandwidth.

As an active speaker, the Genelec 1032 CPM offers wide range. It will therefore easily find its place in a professional sound system . It can even delight DJs since it can become a speaker for broadcasting a turntable mix .

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Presentation of the Genelec brand and the 1032 CPM

With more than 40 years of experience, the Finnish brand Genelec produces quality speakers. It has established itself in the market for high-end audio products . It is among the references, in addition, it offers several ranges of articles to allow users to have the product they need according to their budgets.

Genelec offers various speakers including the 2-way 1032 A equipped with a 10-inch woofer or the 1032 B, whose features have been improved as well as performance.

If the latter were a great success with audiophiles and studio sound enthusiasts, the Genelec 1032 CPM is now the monitoring speaker that is popular with users. It is a professional speaker dedicated to sound professionals .

The Genelec 1032 CPM is a studio monitoring speaker intended for those looking for a quality speaker. It is a speaker equipped with two separate channels . The brand offers an SPL of 114 dB , a response frequency of 33 Hz to 23 kHz (-6 dB) , high performance and an exceptional design, but what is this speaker really worth? We will find out below.

Genelec 1032 CPM: what is it?

The Genelec 1032 CPM is a speaker intended for anyone looking for a professional quality speaker. Moreover, many recording studios, home studios and others use it. What is it about ? Like the Focal Shape 65, it is an active audio monitor .

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It is equipped with a 10-inch woofer/midrange and a metal dome tweeter . Professionals use it in the midfield or even in the near field. This speaker is compatible with the GLM or Genelec Loudspeaker Manger which allows the frequency response to be semi-automated. This kit also uses technology that also adjusts the runtime to the acoustics. The kit is offered as an option.

Although the Genelec 1032 CPM is not compatible with assistants like Sir or Alexa, the speaker can use the GLM calibration which allows measurements at a listening location. It is then possible to adjust the playback using DSP filters located in the speakers.

Just use the GLM kit. The latter is composed of a pressure receiver microphone, a USB/network interface and GLM software. It is even possible to create a 2.1 or more reading configuration with the GLM system.

The Genelec 1032 CPM speaker has a power of 250 Watts and a 150 Watt . It uses a Class D amplifier with Smart Monitor. This is what sets it apart the most from previous models.

The sound pressure level is 104 dB SPL over the long term, but the speakers are still capable of displaying a sound pressure of 114 dB or even 124 dB SPL over a distance of 1 m.

Apart from these points, it is possible to control the speaker digitally. Audio data is up to 24 bits at 192 kHz . Reception is via the symmetrical AES/EBU interface. It is also possible to perform an analog/digital conversion via the XLR analog input.

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The design and content of the Genelec 1032 CPM

The Genelec 1032 CPM is a studio monitor with a very professional design. The Finnish brand Genelec has not changed its operating mode when we look at the aesthetics of the Genelec 1032 CPM. The speaker has the same shapes as the generation 10 models.

We therefore find two speakers, one on the base and the other on the top. We also find the square element which has been one of Genelec's signatures since the 1980s. The rectangular case is still present unlike classic models which feature an organically shaped case.

The speaker is equipped with a wood chip covering which makes its casing robust and elegant. This design is somewhat reminiscent of PA speakers. This 2-way active monitor features a woofer and 10-inch transducers .

The latter provides the necessary power with frequencies from 40 Hz to 1.8 kHz . The 1 inch toner is also very powerful. It offers high tones in its metal grille. The frequency response provided can reach 20 kHz . This toner also offers three octaves for a more audible frequency range when coupled with the low-tone toner.

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The tweeter, for its part, is located in the waveguide as is the case for the majority of Genelec speakers (including the 8040 BPM from Genelec ). The brand remains true to its habits. The spatial surface makes it possible to obtain a freer , more coherent and more realistic sound rendering.

As for the woofer, it is surrounded by firm rubber. The case also has two bass reflex openings. The first is located on the left. The second is near the treble.

Concerning the tweeter, it is located in a metal mesh whose mesh is very tight. The finishes have been well worked. We see that the brand does not neglect the details. On the top edge of this studio monitor there is an LED. It indicates the status of the speaker. Green when everything is normal. And it turns yellow or red when there is a calibration for example.

The Genelec 1032 CPM speaker has an almost sleek design . It will easily find its place in the room with its black body and its well-made finishes. In short, the appearance is impeccable. This is truly a professional speaker . The whole thing weighs only 17 kg . This is impressive progress if we compare it to the 1032 B which weighs around 20 kg . The weight has been reduced, because the case includes a lightweight digital amplifier .

The back of this studio monitor has 14 DIP switches for filters, input sensitivity, and more. With filters, acoustic gaps are reduced. With a Desktop switcher, you can improve the sound quality . This is practical especially when you have to place the Genelec 1032 CPM in a large room.

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The speaker of course has other options including 3 output levels ranging from -10 dB to -30 dB . With the -10 dB switches it is possible to adjust the volume, but generally. For more finesse, you can use a rotary control.

The connections of the 1032 CPM from Genelec

Regarding connections, the Genelec 1032 CPM has an XLR socket for analog and AES/EBU . It also has a digital input. The brand has thought of a digital stage through which the signal passes. This ingenious system allows a connection which ensures signal filtering for optimal rendering.

The speaker now has a balanced analog input. It has digital connectors . These are located at the rear. You will have access to an AES/EBU IN and a Thru . You can therefore transmit the data stream to three other boxes.

Note that analog connectivity is only activated if no correct AES/EBU signal is detected. The digital interface offers 16 to 24 bits followed by a sampling rate which is between 32 and 192 kHz .

It is a speaker that can complete a digital installation thanks to class D digital amplifiers. With digitalization, it is possible to activate control software including around twenty filters and delays.

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GLM and Genelec 1032 CPM kit

It is possible to adapt the acoustics of a room to the Genelec 1032 CPM speaker by equipping yourself with a GLM kit. It is also possible to take listening measurements and make adjustments with this kit and the DSP filters located on the rear of the speaker.

The GLM kit is made up of a small, robust box (or station), equipped with numerous connectors . These will allow you to connect the kit to the Genelec 1032 CPM speaker and to a computer or MAC. In addition to the box, the kit includes a measurement microphone . To use it, you will need to download GLM software for free from the brand's website. You then need to install it.

Apart from these items, there is a USB cable and two data cables that come with the kit. As for use, you need to connect the microphone and speaker to the base station. The station, for its part, must be connected to a PC via a traditional network cable. It is then possible to analyze the acoustics of the room by placing everything in your position.

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The software sends the command to the boxes and performs the tone test in the form of a sinusoidal sweep . The information is then picked up by the microphone. It transmits them to the software via the station.

A profile will then be defined for optimal adjustment of the digital filters . Acoustic inconsistencies will be corrected. In the meantime, the difference in distance between the listening position and the speaker will be equalized.

After these manipulations, the sound broadcast on the speaker will be equalized automatically. The execution time will also be corrected, even if the station is no longer connected. It is possible to create several profiles according to different listening positions.

Then it is possible to switch from one profile to another . It is also possible to configure predefined volumes. It is even possible to switch from one signal to another. Note that among the small drawbacks of the Genelec 1032 CPM, there is the confusion on the upper bass range, but with GLM, we can eliminate this, without causing a hole in the frequency response. In short, the sound is more balanced in the room.

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If GLM is practical in stereo mode, it is also useful in correction in multichannel mode . It is a speaker system to be used to obtain 3D surround-type sound . Depending on the location of the subwoofer in the room, the phase can be controlled especially when the zones are below the selected crossover frequency.

GLM also allows broadcasting that follows sound intensity standards ( EBU R128 , ATSC A/85 , etc.). With this system, you no longer need external monitors, additional analysis tools, etc.

Zoom on the sound quality of the Genelec 1032 CPM

Regarding the sound quality of the Genelec 1032 CPM, it should be noted that it is a speaker that offers a well-balanced frequency response with convincing dynamics and satisfactory spatiality. The filters located at the rear of the speaker prevent acoustic divergence or even unfavorable speaker configuration.

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It is therefore possible to obtain a neutral sound with Genelec 1032 CPM. The speaker has a 10-inch woofer . The latter provides deep bass, even when the volume is at maximum. Given the quality of this woofer, there is no need to use a subwoofer.

Regarding spatiality, there is a remarkable contrast between stereo sound and deep bass. We can perfectly hear the sound of each instrument, the voices of the singers, etc. Afterwards, there are the impulses faithful to each instrument. The speaker reproduces realistic sound . The impact of the instruments is clearly perceived although the sound is a little dry.

As for the sound power, it is very satisfactory. The Genelec 1032 CPM can also be amplified if necessary. Even pushed to the maximum, the speaker does not suffer from any degradation or distortion.

Regarding the treble, it is especially the upper treble that poses some problems. It is too crystalline and too dry. As for the acoustic sound, it is well reproduced. At the front, a clear sound can be heard. The speaker can therefore reproduce original acoustic sounds . Afterwards, it all depends on the distance and listening position.

Besides these points, there are transients. They are displayed precisely. This is an important point for a sound engineer who wants to examine this element. If the Genelec 1032 CPM keeps the rhythm even when we push the volume, we still notice that the high-mids struggle to do their job.

They lose some of their performance, but this situation is only observed when the speaker is really pushed to a sound level that is not suitable for human hearing.

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The technical characteristics of the Genelec 1032 CPM

  • SPL: 114 dB
  • Transmission range: 33 Hz to 23 kHz (-6 dB)
  • Weight: 17 kg
  • Peak power: 200 + 150 W
  • Bass and midrange driver: 10’’
  • Tweeter : 1’
  • Connections: analog (XLR) and AES/EBU (XLR)
  • Dimensions: 320 x 495 x 290 mm
  • Input impedance: 10 kOhms
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Our Overall Opinion

Overall Sound Quality

4,9 /5

Value for money

4,7 /5

Global mark

4,8 /5

Our opinion on the Genelec 1032 CPM speaker

After testing the Genelec 1032 CPM, we understand why it is one of the favorite speakers among professionals. It has a beautiful design. All the elements on it have been chosen and placed intelligently. Nothing is done at random. The speaker is powerful and is capable of delivering quality surround sound.

It can be pushed to the maximum, without causing distortions or anything. However, it is recommended to use it with GLM for an impeccable result. This kit is sold as an option and can quickly impact the initial price of the speaker. Without the kit, however, the Genelec 1032 CPM has difficulty balancing the sound for a realistic and natural rendering.

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