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

Genelec 4430 Smart IP loudspeakerCombining sound quality with single-cable convenience. Smart IP provides scalable power, as well as audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard Cat cable – offering integrators power, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and simplicity 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 104dB short-term SPL, via two integral 50W 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 Cat connector also allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager – a 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 of 32/96kHz 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 45Hz-23kHz (-6dB) via a 5-inch woofer and 0.75-inch metal dome tweeter, and the 4430’s compact, lightweight enclosure uses 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 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 Siamäk 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 fulfill 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.

More: www.genelec.com

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