Genelec has announced that its SpeakerAngle app is now available for Android devices. (It is available here.)
Priced at 99 cents (USD), the Android version of SpeakerAngle is functionally and graphically identical to the popular iOS version released in August and already in use by thousands of audio professionals and home studio/theater owners.
It works on all Android smartphones and tablets running OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or later and equipped with a gyroscope chip, including the Samsung Galaxy II and III; the HTC Evo 3 and 4; the Google Nexus; and the Asus Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
In addition, Genelec has announced the availability of SpeakerAngle version 1.2 for iOS devices as a free update on the Apple iTunes Store. (It is available here.)
This latest version offers improved functionality that indicates when loudspeakers are angled at +/- 3 degrees of 30 (the range of angles that will generally work best when speakers are equidistant from the listening position).
All iOS versions of SpeakerAngle are fully compatible with iOS 6 and with the iPhone 4 and later (including the new iPhone 5), iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later.
SpeakerAngle is the first digital tool that allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound loudspeakers, helping to ensure optimum audio fidelity. It was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company founded by industry veteran Howard Massey).
In the app, dedicated onscreen loudspeaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each loudspeaker icon continuously display the angle of the loudspeaker.
The number boxes also change color to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations, and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left/front right, rear left/rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems).
Information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle.
“The Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of your speakers in your listening environment, and it was important to us that we listen to our loyal customers and meet their request for an Android version while continuing to offer enhanced functionality for iOS devices,” states Will Eggleston, Genelec USA marketing director. “This is a perfect tool for recording engineers, system installers, home theater owners and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any loudspeaker system. The possibilities are exciting, and we look forward to audio enthusiasts everywhere putting it to good use.”