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Genelec readies 6040R Smart Active Loudspeaker

  • Finnish active loudspeaker manufacturer Genelec has today announced the first model to spill from its new Signature Series. The 6040R is a ‘Smart Active’ loudspeaker in which a 16.5cm mid/bass driver and 1.9cm tweeter are each driven by 150W of Class D amplifier power and are crossed over in the digital domain using DSP. That’s the ‘Active’.

    The 6040R’s die-cast aluminium enclosure was designed in collaboration with Finnish industrial designer Harri Hoskinen (pictured above) where continuous curves have been implemented to minimise edge diffractions. Genelec refers to this as a ‘Minimum Diffraction Enclosure’ where the ‘Directivity Control Waveguide’ (that surrounds the tweeter) aims to lower distortion and improved the loudspeaker’s off-axis response.

    Connectivity sees both analogue (XLR) and digital inputs (AES/EBU) feed into the 6040R’s DSP-fuelled engine room that powers a new AutoCal 2 algorithm that works in tandem with Genelec’s GLM 4.1 room correction software system. That’s the ‘Smart’.

    From the press release: “Having carefully positioned the 6040R loudspeakers in the room, this close integration of onboard signal processing and GLM software allows the user to enjoy pure, natural playback – even in spaces that were not originally intended for critical listening.”

    The 6040R’s manufacturer-rated frequency response runs 43Hz to 20kHz with a maximum ‘short term’ SPL of 110dB.

    Colour options are as follows: grey, black, white, black with white grilles and white with black grilles. Alas, Genelec’s press release makes no mention of the 6040R’s street price.

    Further information: Genelec

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