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Genelec expands smart IP installation speaker range

Genelec will be showcasing two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the upcoming ISE show in Amsterdam. The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers combine both exceptional sound quality with single cable convenience, and their onboard Smart IP technology provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CAT cable. Smart IP offers system designers, integrators and installers an easy, powerful and cost-effective solution for guaranteeing enjoyable, high-quality audio across entire installations.

Having been unveiled before a select audience of specially invited Nordic integrators in Helsinki in December, the 4430 will be making its ISE debut alongside its new and even more compact 4420 sibling – with yet more Smart IP models expected to be added to the family in the future.

Producing the clarity and intelligibility for which Genelec is known, the 4420 and 4430 are compatible with both Dante and open IP standards including AES67 and ST2110-30, and derive power via PoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats. Both models feature a single rear panel CAT connector which also allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager – a sophisticated software tool that allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring. This enables installers to deploy Smart IP loudspeakers even on highly complex, acoustically challenging projects.

While Smart IP Manager is designed specifically for installers to use during set-up and configuration, the 4420 and 4430 can be integrated easily into house automation systems using a public API command set – allowing the end user instant access to volume, power on/off, loudspeaker activity and a selection of preprogrammed audio settings. Smart IP supports uncompressed low-latency audio streaming directly into each loudspeaker, with loudspeaker synchronisation to sub-microsecond level for solid acoustic imaging. Streams can be managed by both Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager software, as well as legacy balanced line analogue audio. This flexible connectivity allows both IP control of an analogue source, or use of analogue audio as a failsafe back-up.

Genelec Managing Director Siamäk Naghian commented: “With the 4430 already being utilised on prestigious Nordic installations – including Helsinki’s Finnish Music Hall of Fame, Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus and the new G Livelab music venue in Tampere, we’re confident that the new 4420 will also be embraced by installers looking for an even more compact Smart IP loudspeaker solution. The overwhelmingly positive feedback that we’ve received from the early adopters of Smart IP makes us extremely excited about ISE – and the potential of our AV Installation business in the future.”

Genelec is represented by Tru-Fi Electronics in South Africa.

New Genelec 4430 loudspeaker gives the AV world exceptional sound quality over IP

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Genelec – a global leader in professional audio monitoring – has announced the availability of the new 4430 two-way active installation loudspeaker, the first model to incorporate the company’s ground-breaking Smart IP technology, combining exceptional sound quality with single cable convenience.

Smart IP provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CATcable, offering integrators unrivalled power, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and ease of installation. The 4430 is a compact design that accepts both Dante and AES67 IP audio streams, and derives power via both PoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats, with the 4430’s proprietary internal power supply helping to deliver an impressive 104 dB of short term SPL, via two integral 50 W Class D amplification stages feeding the woofer and tweeter.

As well as receiving both power and audio-over-IP, the 4430’s single rear panel CATconnector also allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager – a sophisticated downloadable software tool running on Windows 10 that allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring. Additionally, APIs within the 4430 support the hooks to allow external control via third-party hardware, software or house automation.

In terms of specification, the 4430 supports up to eight audio channels in a stream with sample rates of32-96 kHzand 16 -24 bit resolution. Streams can be managed by both Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager software, as well as legacy balanced line analogue audio. The 4430 delivers a frequency response of 45 Hz -23 kHz (-6 dB) via a 5 inch woofer and 3/4 inch metal dome tweeter, and the 4430’s compact, lightweight enclosure utilises Genelec’s trademark Minimum Diffraction Enclosure and Directivity Control Waveguide technologies to ensure neutral, uncoloured sound both on and off axis. Manufactured using certified sustainable methods, the enclosure itself is produced from recycled aluminium, is available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours, and is compatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow the 4430 to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.

Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian added:“Our research into IP loudspeaker technology dates back to 2005, and the response to the preview of Smart IP at ISE back in February was so overwhelmingly positive that we knew that this valuable work would now allow us to fulfil a very obvious gap in the installed audio market. The 4430 is just the first of a number of loudspeaker models to incorporate Smart IP technology, and we look forward to expanding the range in 2020 and beyond.”

The 4430 loudspeaker is shipping now, and for more information please visit the Genelec website.

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