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Genelec Sets the Benchmark with the AIW26 Active In-Wall Speaker System


CEDIA EXPO, INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Genelec, Inc., exclusive U.S. distributor of Genelec Home Theater Sound Systems, is showing the AIW26 Active In-Wall Speaker System. Designed as a direct result of input from installers, project engineers, and end-users, the AIW26 is a self-contained, active speaker that is easy to install, delivers accurate sound, and has the ability to handle extremely high SPLs with a wide dynamic range. The AIW26 can be used to augment a conventional speaker system, or as part of a complete Genelec in-wall system in either multi-channel surround or a stereo configuration. The AIW26 offers installers a high quality, active in-wall alternative when a freestanding speaker system does not fit a room’s decor.

The AIW26 Active In-Wall Speaker System is a bi-amplified speaker that features a 7″ low distortion bass driver in a reflex cabinet with a 3/4″ metal dome tweeter loaded with Genelec’s proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide Technology (DCW) and a matched remote amplifier module, the RAM1. The DCW provides an extremely stable and precise soundstage throughout the listening area. This improved directivity control results in more direct (and less reflected) sound reaching the listener, which produces a more realistic and stable image. In addition, the supplied RAM1 amplifier is designed to be a perfect match with the AIW26 speaker. As with all Genelec products, the RAM1 includes a series of Room Response Controls to fine tune the speaker’s performance to any given environment.

The Genelec AIW26 Active In-Wall Speaker System features a compact design (18-1/8″ H x 13″ W x 4″ D) and includes an integrated electronic crossover, the RAM1 amplifier (120 Watts for bass and 120 Watts for treble), room response equalizers, RCA and XLR line level input connectors, 12-volt trigger, and adjustable input sensitivity for interface to all types of decoders. The AIW26 has a frequency response of 45Hz — 21kHz ±2.5dB and can achieve extremely high SPL’s — 110 dB @ 1 meter. The RAM1 amplifier module measures 12-3/8″ H x 5-1/2″ W x 4-1/4″ D. Up to three units can be mounted in a 19″ equipment rack (with optional 3U high rack adapter) or placed on a shelf or in a cabinet. Wiring between the RAM1 amplifier can be standard 14 or 12 gauge 4-conductor wire.

Easy to mount in walls or ceilings, the Genelec AIW26 can be installed to either existing or new construction within a standard 2″ x 4″ structure. The AIW26 reflex cabinet actually reinforces the drywall and provides excellent isolation from the wall structure. In addition, a separate grill and mounting frame for the AIW26 can be painted to match the wall color.

Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating 25 years of designing and manufacturing active monitoring loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology, which many manufacturers are just now incorporating into their products. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active Home Theater speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from a very small enclosure, and true high-fidelity with low distortion and deep, rich bass.

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Genelec is exhibiting at Sound Room 2 (SR2) during the CEDIA Expo 2004 in Indianapolis, IN.

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