Genelec has extended its Unio Audio Monitoring Service Platform with the 9401A System Management Device, adding AoIP connectivity to its Smart Active Monitors and Subwoofers in ST2110, AES67 and Ravenna formats. The 9401A supports all formats from stereo to 9.1.6, and brings multichannel networked audio to the Unio platform.

Genelec 9401A System Management DeviceAs a partner to Genelec’s Smart Active Monitors and Subwoofers, the 9401A provides 16 channels of digital connectivity, plus dedicated subwoofer and auxiliary stereo outputs, all via AES/EBU. The auxiliary output serves as a feed for headphones, enabling binaural and secondary stereo loudspeaker monitoring, while integration with Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) software allows entire system calibration, including subwoofer alignment and support for bass management. The 9401A’s separate subwoofer output enables Smart Active Subwoofers to be chained to increase the low frequency SPL output, and channel capacity can be expanded with further 9401A devices, to provide compatibility with 22.2 and other high-channel-count immersive formats.

In addition to its AoIP networking capabilities, loudspeaker management and calibration is achieved via the GLM network connectivity of the 9401A. Tactile control of the entire monitoring system can then be achieved via the new 9320A Reference Controller, which acts as a bridge to the Unio platform and provides one-click access to monitor features built into the Smart Active Monitoring family.

Performance wise, the 1U-high rackmount unit is compatible with sample rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz, using 16/24/32-bit resolution per sample. Employing Gigabit Ethernet for low latency, the 9401A supports the ST2110 broadcast suite with ST2022-7 redundant network connectivity and NMOS integration to enterprise management and automation systems. The 9401A also supports Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) technology, for lower power consumption.

‘With the Unio platform, we’re providing audio professionals with a bridge between in-room loudspeaker and personal headphone monitoring, so that they can move seamlessly between the two with no interruption in workflow,’ says Genelec MD, Siamäk Naghian. ‘Now, with the 9401A device, we’ve brought the networking power of AoIP to our range of Smart Active Monitors and Subwoofers – once again showing how Genelec solutions represent a secure and future-proof investment in professional monitoring.’


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