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Genelec to launch new time and money saving ‘Smart IP Audio Platform’ at ISE 2019

New platform will deliver power, audio, and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single, standard CAT5 cable

Professional audio monitoring firm, Genelec will unveil what it is calling a new and “unique” open IP networking technology platform at ISE 2019.

Available from Q4 this year, the technology will be rolled out over a range of Genelec’s installed audio loudspeakers. Aimed specifically at the installation market and will deliver power, audio, and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single, standard CAT5 cable.

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. Indeed, the Genelec solution is powerful enough to run small- to medium-sized systems – a world first.

In addition, Genelec’s smart IP platform also enables flexible system integration, management, and monitoring over IP using Genelec’s GLM software. Genelec has developed dedicated software that offers a raft of tools focusing on solving specific audio problems – including device discovery, automatic room equalisation and calibration, system organisation, and status monitoring. In short, this is designed to save integrators a huge amount of working time whilst ensuring that the system performs with outstanding clarity and speech intelligibility.

The Smart IP platform solution is compatible with the most popular audio-over-IP networking protocols for complete flexibility and scalability. A standard analogue input is also included, increasing the system design flexibility.

According to Aki Mäkivirta, Director of R&D at Genelec, the development of the IP technology platform offers integrators an easy and cost-effective route to uncompromised high-quality audio installations.

“With everything you need delivered over a single, standard network cable – including enough power to drive medium SPL applications – integrators have a complete solution at their fingertips: the highest quality loudspeakers with onboard signal processing, integrated power amplifiers, and automatic room calibration, all underpinned by Genelec’s renowned audio and build quality. Additionally, since all Genelec production takes place at our factory in Finland and follows strict principles of environmental compatibility and design for a long service lifetime, it simply doesn’t get any easier to guarantee sustainable quality audio installations!”

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