September 05, 2012 — Press release
Genelec is pleased to announce it has received a TEC Award nomination for its new SpeakerAngle app in the Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets category. The app is for iOS devices and is the first digital tool which allows users to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers to help ensure optimum audio fidelity for the user.
Founded in 1985, the TEC Awards has become the foremost authority in identifying excellence among audio professionals. Award nominations are decided on by a panel of industry experts and the award winners will be announced live at the NAMM Show on January 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, California.
Intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company) and is compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later. SpeakerAngle is available now at the iTunes App Store.
In the app, dedicated onscreen speaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each speaker icon continuously display the angle of the speaker. The number boxes also change colour to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left / front right, rear left / rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems). Detailed information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle.
“The new Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of your speakers in your listening environment,” says Lars-Olof Janflod, Marketing and PR Director, Genelec. “This is a perfect tool for home theatre owners, recording engineers, custom installers and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any loudspeaker system.”
To use SpeakerAngle, simply select the desired mode of operation (Stereo or Surround), then place your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on top of the speaker you want to angle. Set the speaker so that it is facing straight towards you, then touch the corresponding speaker icon so that it lights up. Next, touch the icon’s number box to let SpeakerAngle know that the selected speaker is currently at “zero-axis.” Now physically rotate the speaker inwards, towards the listening position. The selected speaker icon will move accordingly and the number box below it will display the degree to which the speaker is angled. When the speaker is angled within the industry recommendation of 20 degrees to 45 degrees, the number box changes colour, from red to green.
When you touch the speaker icon once again (or select any other speaker icon), the number box changes colour to orange and freezes the currently displayed angle. Next, touch the paired speaker icon (for example, the right speaker in a stereo system if you have just angled the left speaker). Pick up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and place it on top of that speaker, then touch the number box below the speaker icon. Physically rotate the speaker inwards until the number box changes colour to yellow, indicating that this speaker is now angled to the same degree as the first one. To continue experimenting with different speaker angles, you can start from scratch at any time by pressing SpeakerAngle’s reset button.
For more information, please visit www.genelec.com