I went with Option #1 also. It's not plug-and-play but if done well you can achieve equivalent results for all practical (home) purposes. GLM has big advantage for a) convenience and b) less room to screw things up, but both can be mitigated with time and effort by yourself.I already have an RME DAC to apply different EQ per channel, as my room is quite asymmetrical. I'm considering to buy a pair of 8030 plus a measurement mic which is ~ 1150 €.
The SAM version, a pair of 8330 + the GLM set, is about 1800 €.
I'm inclined towards option one, mainly because I don't need to be able to EQ the system in 10 minutes and I'm not a pro. Do you think eventually the GLM software can be that good that option two is better for home audio?
GLM 4.2.0 features many new improvements and features, including the GRADE™ Room Acoustic Report. By using the information gathered during the AutoCal calibration process, the GRADE report makes GLM the first calibration software in the world to give you a complete analysis of your room and monitoring system performance, in line with the best practices – including ITU-R BS.1116 recommendations.
What will service cost after 2022? Annual subscription or pay per report?From the GLM 4.2.0 Release Notes the Genelec GRADE feature is something one has to pay for after 2022:
>>>The GRADETM Room Acoustic Report is a new service that uses all the information collected
automatically during GLM AutoCal’s process to create a detailed PDF document that
analyses monitoring system performance. The report will help users and studio designers
alike to fine tune the room’s acoustic treatment, adjust monitor and listener positions, and
optimise bass management. As an introductory offer, the report is available free of charge
I was starting to feel uncomfortable with my plan of 8030 + REW. Everything back in place again.This makes me a lot less interested. Bummer. Maybe similar features will show up in REW or something similar. I guess we should wait to see how, and how much, they are going to charge.
REW already gives you everything you need and more, it just requires you to look for it in the measurements.This makes me a lot less interested. Bummer. Maybe similar features will show up in REW or something similar. I guess we should wait to see how, and how much, they are going to charge.