Genelec begins Signature Series revisiting classic 6040 design

Genelec kicked off its Signature Series with the launch of its two-way 6040R smart active loudspeaker.

This first model in the series was created in conjunction with Finnish industrial designer Harri Koskinen [pictured below with 6040R].

Genelec begins Signature Series revisiting classic 6040 designKoskinen has worked with Genelec for 20 years, first collaborating on the 6040A model. This was the first Genelec loudspeaker to feature the distinctive minimalist curves of the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) – a cabinet design by Koskinen that now forms the core of much of Genelec’s current loudspeaker range.

Celebrating the 6040’s 20th anniversary, Genelec has re-imagined the technology within the enclosure as part of a new Signature Series that celebrates Genelec’s design collaborations over the years.

The re-engineered 6040R features the same LF driver design and proprietary bi-amplified Class D power amplifier technology as Genelec’s professional loudspeaker models. Other refinements include both analogue and digital inputs (supporting AES/EBU and SPDIF formats), a digital output, universal mains voltage and sophisticated onboard DSP to allow each 6040R loudspeaker to be intelligently tuned for any acoustic environment via GLM room calibration software.

Using GLM 4.1’s new AutoCal 2 room calibration algorithm, the 6040R takes advantage of detailed background information of each individual loudspeaker in the system to precisely tailor the performance to the room.

Additionally, the re-imagined 6040R offers increased power output, higher SPL, wide phase linearity, lower power consumption and decades of reliable service. It also partners seamlessly with selected models from Genelec’s range of F Series and Smart Active Subwoofers, and can be used with Genelec wired and wireless volume controllers via either an F Series subwoofer or a GLM network adaptor.

Equipped with a 165mm (6.5-in) woofer and 19mm (0.75-in) tweeter, each driven independently by twin dedicated 150 W power amplifier stages, the 6040R stands at 999mm high and delivers a frequency response of 43 Hz to 20 kHz with a maximum short term SPL of 110 dB. With the addition of one or two subwoofers, the SPL and frequency response of the system may be further extended.

Colour options include grey, black, white, black with white grilles and white with black grilles.

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