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Genelec launches first loudspeaker to incorporate Smart IP technology

Smart IP provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration

Genelec has launched the new 4430 two-way active installation loudspeaker, the first model to include the company’s Smart IP technology.

Smart IP provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration through a standard CAT cable.

The 4430 is a compact design that accepts both Dante and AES67 IP audio streams, and derives power through both PoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats, with the 4430’s proprietary internal power supply helping to deliver 104 dB of short term SPL through two integral 50 W Class D amplification stages feeding the woofer and tweeter.

The loudspeaker’s single rear panel CAT connector also allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager, a downloadable software running on Windows 10 that allows installers to configure a near-unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers, and audio channels. It also includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation toolset, system organisation, and status monitoring. Additionally, APIs within the 4430 support the hooks to allow external control with 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 of 32 – 96 kHz and 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 five-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 and available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours. It is compatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow the 4430 to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.

Genelec will officially launch the 4430 at the new Finnish Music Hall of Fame in Helsinki – an innovative museum and dining experience that already features over 120 of the new 4430 loudspeakers installed throughout the museum.

The installation at the Hall of Fame was undertaken by the integrator Bright, and their head of installation Santtu Sipilä commented: “When Smart IP was announced we knew instantly that it offered the perfect solution for the Hall of Fame. We were already familiar with Genelec’s outstanding audio quality and long-term reliability, so to be able to integrate every 4430 into the system via a single CAT cable made the whole process of installation and configuration incredibly straightforward, yet providing us with amazing levels of control. We have set out to help make the Music Hall of Fame a new global benchmark for quality content and user experience, and Genelec’s Smart IP technology has played a key role in allowing us to realise that goal.”

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. For the Finnish Music Hall of Fame to become such a prestigious early adopter of Smart IP makes us very proud, and even more excited for the future of our installed audio business.”

The 4430 loudspeaker is shipping now.