Genelec Launches Smart IP Audio Platform

Genelec has unveiled an open IP networking technology platform aimed at the installation market that will deliver power, audio and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single standard CAT5 cable.

Genelec said the new IP technology will be rolled out over a range of Genelec’s installed audio loudspeakers beginning in the fourth quarter of 2019. Based on IP and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), the Genelec technology platform includes a proprietary internal power supply that delivers much higher SPLs than was previously possible via any conventional PoE.

Genelec said the new technology is powerful enough to run small to medium sized systems. In addition to its superior power handling qualities, the smart IP platform also enables flexible system integration, supervision, management and monitoring over IP thanks to Genelec’s loudspeaker management software.

The concept of loudspeaker management by software is already a mature and well-established tool within Genelec’s studio monitoring loudspeaker range, but to address the specific needs of the installed audio market Genelec has developed dedicated software that offers tools focusing on solving specific installed audio problems – including device discovery, automatic room equalization and calibration, system organization and status monitoring.

The technology, Genelec said, will save working time for systems integrators while ensuring that the speakers perform with adequate clarity and speech intelligibility. A standard analog input is also included, increasing the system’s design flexibility.

“With everything delivered over a single, standard network cable – including enough power to drive medium SPL applications – integrators have a complete solution at their fingertips,” said Aki Mäkivirta, Director of R&D at Genelec.

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