Genelec Inc., has added the Chris Dixon Company of Woodland Hills, California, to its growing family of manufacturer’s representatives. Bart LoPiccolo, Genelec National Sales Manager, made the announcement as part of Genelec’s ongoing expansion in the custom installation/home theater market sectors. The Chris Dixon Company will represent Genelec in the territory of Southern California. Company principals Chris and Terri Dixon will be leading the efforts. The addition of new dedicated Genelec reps in this region underscores Genelec’s commitment to meeting the rising market demand with a network of experienced, knowledgeable representatives. Commenting on the appointment of the Chris Dixon Company, LoPiccolo stated, “We are proud to have added the Chris Dixon Company to the Genelec family. The firm has a strong presence in the market, and their experience and support capabilities make them an excellent fit for Genelec. Chris, Terri and their team are very qualified, and they will not only assist us in increasing brand visibility and market penetration in their territory, but they will also help build lasting relationships with high-end custom install dealers. We look forward to continuing growth as a result of these new partnerships.”
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Often the Genelec Theater Systems create “shock and awe” as listeners hear Genelec for the first time. Many experienced Genelec listeners and new comers alike are very surprised to hear a 5.1 system created with five of the 6010A bi-amplified loudspeakers and the 5040A subwoofer. At a very reasonable price of $2770 for the entire package the user has a state-of-the-art system for a room up to 2000 cubic feet. Let’s take a closer look…
Genelec 6010A Loudspeaker $395 each
The 6010A is available in either Mystic Black [order #6010AMM] or White [order #6010AWM] in it’s cute but very functional shape. It is a low space requirement two-way active loudspeaker designed for everything from computer sound and other close proximity multimedia listening applications to Home Theaters up to 2000 Cubic Feet. Its small size, remarkable sound quality and very sturdy construction make the 6010A an reliable sound system and a constant source of listening pleasure. Wherever space is at a premium, the 6010A is a solution. It takes full advantage of the innovations and unconventional design features of a Genelec design.
The design was accomplished by Genelec’s R&D team in tandem with Finnish designer Harri Koskinen. The 6010A is a fullly active design with 2 power amplifiers per speaker chassis along with active crossover filters and automatic protection circuitry. It’s RCA line level audio connectors provide an east connection to a computer sound card, portable MP3 player or an HT Preamp/Processor such as the Marantz AV7000.
The cast-aluminium “Minimum Diffraction Enclosure™ (MDE™)” and “Advanced Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™)” technologies are carefully matched with advanced amplifier and electronics circuitry and the latest high performance speaker drivers. The 6010A’s own bass response extends down to 73 Hz (-3 dB) while distortion is exceptionally low due to a uniquely new rear reflex port design.
The system’s excellent directivity characteristics and accurate imaging together with its diminutive size and very flexible mounting options make the 6010A the perfect loudspeaker for a wide range of applications. The 12 watt amp of the woofer plus the 12 watt amp on the tweeter are plenty of power for the 3″ woofer and 3/4″ metal dome tweeter. Because the typical losses through passive crossovers are eliminated with the direct connected amplifiers pre-conditioned for perfect frequency response by the electronic crossovers and the level and bass tilt controls allow for ideal matching to the room.
Genelec 5040A Subwoofer $795
The new Genelec 5040A is an extremely compact active subwoofer designed to mate acoustically with up to five 6010A’s creating accurate and dynamic bass response reaching down to 35 Hz. The 5040A features a remote volume control allowing adjustment of the entire sound system as well as versatile acoustic controls for perfect room integration.
The 5040A was also co-designed with Genelec’s R&D team and Harri Koskinen [famous Finnish Designer]. The compact 5040A subwoofer features a modern appearance and it’s small size makes it easy to place.
The 5040A has a magnetically shielded downward firing 6 1/2” bass driver attached to a sturdy die-cast aluminium base plate for rigidity. The aluminum plate also serves as the chassis for the internal 40 Watt amplifier and crossover filter circuitry. The 5040A packs a respectable punch of 98 dB maximum sound pressure level.
The built-in crossover unit on the 5040A features six RCA input connectors for five main channels and one LFE channel and five RCA output connectors for the 6010A loudspeakers. The main channels have a fixed high pass filter to work with Genelec 6010A loudspeakers. In addition to the RCA connectors, a 3.5 mm stereo jack input connector is provided for convenient connection to portable audio players or computers. Adjustable input sensitivity in combination with adjustable crossover phase allows a seamless integration between the subwoofer and the 6010A loudspeakers.
Genelec Loudspeakers are easier to use in rooms because they not only adapt the speakers to the acoustical environment but they are known quantities in terms of acoustical output. Since the engineers control the cabinet size, the drivers, the amplifiers, and with the control offered by the WaveGuide, the Genelec loudspeakers needed for a given acoustic space can be chosen by their output capability within the parameters of the three conditions Genelec suggests. The results are taken to the look-up chart shown below and the resulting suggested system is stated as a minimum Genelec system to cover the space.
- Calculate the room volume and find the highest row in the table column ‘Room Volume up to’ that is not smaller than your room volume.
- Measure the listening distance to the center of the listening area and find the highest row in the table column ‘Listening Distance up to’ that is not shorter than your listening distance.
- If there are two different rows selected in the previous two steps, select the models from the row that is lowest in the table, i.e. the larger system of the two.
Note: The recommendations shown below are for the smallest system that can be expected to give a good theatrical experience. Larger systems offer more impact and headroom, so to fulfill your client’s expectations, do not hesitate to select larger models in the range than those indicated. The main concern when up rating the system is to keep it in balance, so do not specify a large Genelec for the front wall and have 6020A’s for sides and rears. The resulting imbalance will lack in performance.
Loudspeaker Selection Examples:
- If the room is 16½’ wide, 29½’ long and 10′ high, then the room volume is 4900ft³. This limits the loudspeaker selection to HT210B or larger. If the listening distance is then measured to be 16′ 5″ then the selected front loudspeakers are confirmed as being HT210B or larger.
- If the room is 19½’ wide, 46′ long and 8′ high, then the room volume is 7200ft³. This limits the loudspeaker selection to HT315B or larger. If the listening distance is then measured to be 26’3″ then the selected front loudspeakers should then be HT324A or larger as the HT315B should only be used up to 25′.
Should you have any doubts about product selection for a particular room as you are putting together a design for your client, then please contact Omega Sales Inc. for advice. We know how valuable your times is and that it is better to get the job right the first time so there are no problems after the room is finished.
Genelec Room Response Controls Help Deliver Optimal Frequency Response In Your Client’s Installation
Each Genelec loudspeaker is equipped with their proprietary “Room Response Controls” circuitry. These flexible and desirable controls enable each Genelec speaker to be optimized for the best implementation in the client’s acoustical space. The controls use dip switch selection of the following parameters.
- Bass Roll-Off
- Bass Tilt
- Treble Tilt or Roll-Off
- Bass Level
- Midrange Level
- Treble Level
Each Genelec loudspeaker has been engineered to have optimum frequency response in the client’s acoustical space. Most speakers are designed to place well in either a boundary-free space or a space limited by a boundary such as a rear wall placement. Speaker designers always consider these standard placements in their designs – so a speaker might be designed to be pulled out in the room or a speaker might be designed to be placed close to the rear wall boundary. However, real rooms presented to you in your client’s space are not likely to behave as either of these very specific placements. Genelec engineers understand and respect this fact in their designs.
At bass frequencies there are two controls (2-way systems) or three controls (3-way systems) to help you optimize the speaker in your client’s space. For three way systems, the Bass Tilt functions act as a shelving filter allowing you the ability to optimize the monitor system power response when it is placed near a wall or the speaker is flush mounted. The Bass Roll-off allows your install options even more control to optimize the very low frequency response of the system in different installations.
At the higher frequencies, Genelec speakers have treble level control – in two-way systems treble tilt and in three-way systems a midrange level control is available. This allows you to optimize the treble balance relative to the mid frequencies at the listening position for your client. This adjustment may be necessary if the acoustics are such that the reverberation in the room at high frequencies is dissimilar from the middle ranges or if the listening position is a considerable distance from the speakers.
On Genelec.com you can download a datasheet of each individual Genelec active speaker systems to see which controls are supported. An important noe is that these controls are not intended to be used as tone controls. they are meant to be used with precise response measurement equipment such as Genelec’s GACT system and experienced and careful listening to adjust the controls to optimum results.
The operating manual of each Genelec loudspeaker contains a list of suggested response control settings for different types of room placements. These settings have been suggested from Genelec’s long practical experience and measurements of various types of rooms. If you have any questions about optimizing the frequency response for your client’s install, feel free to contact Genelec or your Genelec representative.
Genelec is all about performance. In order to get performance, you need to be able to evaluate different areas of the frequency spectrum. This article focuses on the low frequency area – sometimes the most difficult to evaluate.
To begin, you can download four MP3 files found in the body of this article that will help you to evaluate the low frequency reproduction in your client’s audio system. These signals are equally suitable for full-bandwidth monitors and subwoofer systems. For clarity of our discussion, the signal that contains only one frequency is called a “tone”.
First of the test signals boink.mp3 is a collection of tones at individual frequencies. Each of them is 10 cycles long. The frequencies in this signal are 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120 and 150Hz. There is a little space between the tones to enable your audio system to build up its forces. As you play this signal pay attention to the purity of the tone. The tone should be clean and all tones should have the same level. If you hear any distortion, noises or rattling check your client’s sound system and their room. The source may be their loudspeakers but also something resonating in their listening room or even the audio equipment feeding the loudspeakers. This signal is particularly useful for testing the output capacity of your client’s system because the signal is not continuous, stressing their audio system similar to actual music and yet the signal is analytical and well defined. Start from a low sound level and work up towards higher levels. Notice any changes.
The second test tone sweep1.mp3 contains a tone that changes linearly in frequency from 10Hz to 150Hz. The level of the signal remains constant. Use this signal to check at what frequency the sound in your client’s audio system becomes audible, how precisely the sound level remains constant over frequency and to locate any clear dips (antiresonances) and peaks (resonances) in level at their listening location. Also you can locate problematic structures in your client’s room, such as resonating curtain rails or furniture rattling at certain frequencies.
The third signal pink.mp3 contains noise. This ‘Pink’ noise has a particular characteristic (equal power per octave, power density decreases 3dB per octave) that makes all frequencies in the noise equally audible and therefore the pink noise can reveal very small frequency response differences efectively. It is an excellent signal for comparing the effect of any change you introduce in your client’s sound system in the A/B test fashion. It has a spectrum similar to actual musical signal, and stresses their sound system similarly. Also, you can use this signal together with an octave-band or a third-octave-band real time analyzer to calibrate your client’s sound system.
85 Hz Sinewave
The fourth signal 85Hz_sinewave.mp3 contains a tone for adjusting the phase of a Genelec subwoofer. The 7050B, 1092A and 1094A do not have built-in test tone generators so an 85 Hz test tone is useful to help set the phase control correctly. The instructions for its use can be found in the subwoofer operating manuals and Quick Setup Guide. This is full scale signal so turn the volume down before starting the test.
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