Genelec is showcasing two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam (booth 3-B115). The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers onboard Smart IP technology is designed to provide scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration capability via standard Cat cable.
Having been unveiled before a select audience of specially invited Nordic integrators in Helsinki in December, the 4430 will be making its ISE debut alongside its new, more compact 4420 sibling. Further, more Smart IP models are expected to be added to the family in the future.
The 4420 and 4430 are compatible with both Dante and open IP standards including AES67 and ST2110-30, and derive power via PoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats. Both models have a single rear-panel Cat connector that also allows access to Smart IP Manager, a software tool designed to allow installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalization tool set, system organization and status monitoring.
While Smart IP Manager is designed specifically for installers to use during setup and configuration, the 4420 and 4430 can be integrated into house automation systems using a public API command set, provider the end user instant access to volume, power on/off, loudspeaker activity and a selection of pre-programmed audio settings. Smart IP supports uncompressed low-latency audio streaming directly into each loudspeaker, with loudspeaker synchronization to sub-microsecond level for solid acoustic imaging. Streams can be managed by both Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager software, as well as legacy balanced line analogue audio. This flexible connectivity supports both IP control of an analogue source, or use of analogue audio as a fail=safe backup.
In terms of technical specifications, the 4420 is stated to offer a frequency response of 55 Hz to 39 kHz (-6 dB) via a 4-inch woofer and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeter, producing a max SPL of 100 dB, with onboard 50-watt class D amplifiers for each driver. In comparison, the class D-powered 4430 has a stated frequency response of 45 Hz to 39 kHz (-6 dB) via a 5-inch woofer and 3/4-inch tweeter, and produces a max SPL of 104 dB.
Manufactured offer low power consumption, reliability and long life, the 4420 and 4430 enclosures are produced from recycled aluminum, are available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colors, and are compatible with Genelec’s mounting accessories to allow both models to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.
Genelec managing director Siamak Naghian states, “With the 4430 already being utilized on Nordic installations – including Helsinki’s Finnish Music Hall of Fame, Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus and the new G Livelab music venue in Tampere, we’re confident that the new 4420 will also be embraced by installers looking for an even more compact Smart IP loudspeaker solution.”