Effectively, Genelec Smart IP provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CAT cable, offering system integrators the ideal combination of flexibility, cost-effectiveness and simplicity of installation. “The market was asking us for a solution like this. AV integrators understand the value of IP and they were asking us for such a solution,“ says Siamak Naghian, Genelec Managing Director.
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 an impressive 104 dB of short term SPL, via two integral 50 W 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 sophisticated 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 equalization tool set, system organization and status monitoring. Additionally, APIs within the 4430 support the hooks to allow external control via third-party hardware, software or house automation.
The 4430 supports up to eight audio channels in a stream with sample rates of 32 - 96 kHz 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.
In terms of specifications, the 4430 delivers a frequency response of 45 Hz - 23 kHz (-6 dB) via a 5 inch woofer and 3/4 inch metal dome tweeter, and the 4430’s compact, lightweight enclosure utilizes Genelec’s trademark Minimum Diffraction Enclosure and Directivity Control Waveguide technologies to ensure neutral, uncolored sound both on and off axis.
Manufactured using certified sustainable methods, the enclosure itself is produced from recycled aluminum, is available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colors, and is compatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow the 4430 to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.
Genelec have chosen to officially launch the 4430 at the spectacular new Finnish Music Hall of Fame in Helsinki - a unique and innovative museum and dining experience that already features over 120 of the new 4430 loudspeakers installed throughout the museum. Showcasing more than 200 Finnish artists and composers via the newest AV technology combined with Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions, the Music Hall of Fame will provide an unforgettable interactive, multidimensional experience for an estimated 100,000 visitors per year.
The installation at the Hall of Fame was undertaken by top integrator Bright, and their Head of Installation Santtu Sipilä commented: “When Smart IP was announced we knew instantly that it offered the perfect solution for the Hall of Fame. We were already familiar with Genelec’s outstanding audio quality and long-term reliability, so to be able to integrate every 4430 into the system via a single CAT cable made the whole process of installation and configuration incredibly straightforward, yet provides us with amazing levels of control. We have set out to help make the Music Hall of Fame a new global benchmark for quality content and user experience, and Genelec’s Smart IP technology has played a key role in allowing us to realise that goal.”
The 4430 loudspeaker is shipping now