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ISE 2020: Genelec to present two Smart IP loudspeaker models

The 4420 and 4430 are compatible with both Dante and open IP standards

Genelec, a leading manufacturer of pro audio monitoring solutions, will showcase two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the forthcoming ISE show in Amsterdam.

The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers both feature onboard Smart IP technology, which provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CAT cable.

Having been unveiled to a select audience in Helsinki in December, the 4430 will be making its ISE debut alongside its new 4420 sibling – with yet more Smart IP models expected to be added to the family in the future.

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 software tool that allows installers to configure a wide variety of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels. This also includes device discovery, a room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring.

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.

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.

In terms of technical specification, the 4420 stands at just 226 mm tall yet offers a frequency response of 55 Hz – 39 kHz (-6 dB) via a four inch woofer and 3/4 inch metal dome tweeter, producing a max SPL of 100 dB via onboard 50 W Class D amplifiers for each driver. In comparison, the 4430 measures 285 mm in height, delivers 45 Hz to 39 kHz (-6 dB) via a five inch woofer and 3/4 inch tweeter, and produces a max SPL of 104 dB via its onboard 50 W Class D stages.

Both enclosures are produced from recycled aluminium, are available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours, and are compatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow both models to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.

Looking ahead to the forthcoming ISE show, Genelec managing director Siamak 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 will be showcasing the 4420 and 4430 on stand 3-B115 of the ISE Show.