Active Subwoofer Gets Design Award

The Fennia prize 2009 Grand Prix awarded to Genelec 5040A      25/02/09

Active Subwoofer Gets Design Award

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The winners of the Finland-based Fennia Prize 2009 design competition have been announced. The Fennia Prize 2009 Grand Prix goes to Genelec, for the design of its 5040A Active Subwoofer. In addition to high standards in design, evaluation criteria included usability, environmental and social responsibility and impact on business. As the Grand Prix winner, Genelec has been selected to participate in the Fennia Prize exhibition, February 20 - March 29, 2009, in Helsinki.
Here's the rest of the details that Genelec have sent us...
The Genelec 5040A active subwoofer was designed by industrial designer Harri Koskinen for Genelec, a trailblazing company in active monitoring technology. The compact design of this product differs from that of more conventional subwoofer solutions, and the inner workings of the subwoofer represent state-of-the-art technology. Among other features, the speaker driver and controls are placed out of sight on the base of the device, and the overall form is simplified and unassuming. The enclosure is made with a new manufacturing method employing deep-drawn steel and die-cast aluminum. The same form is repeated in miniature in the remote volume control unit.
Held biennially, The Fennia Prize - Good Design Grows Global is a design competition for businesses, open to firms and companies making designed products or using design in other ways. The awards of the competition are the Fennia Prize Grand Prix, individual Fennia Prizes and Fennia Prize Honorary Mentions. Prize winners are entitled to participate in the Fennia Prize exhibition and its tour, and they are included in the exhibition catalogue. The competition is organized by Design Forum Finland.
The Fennia Prize 2009 Exhibition information:
  • Date: 20 February-29 March 2009
  • Location: Design Forum Finland, Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki
  • Time: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 noon-5:00 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Information: Telephone +358 (0)9 6220 8132
About the Genelec 5040A Active Subwoofer:
Genelec's award-winning 5040A represents the cutting edge in subwoofer technology and design for use with computer sound systems, workstations and other close-proximity listening applications requiring a low-profile monitoring solution. Designed in conjunction with its sister product, Genelec's 6010A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors, the 5040A extends LF response down to 35 Hz with amazing bass articulation. The playback level for the whole system is conveniently controlled by remote volume control provided with the 5040A subwoofer. With five main input/output channels and a dedicated LFE channel with 35/120 Hz reproduction bandwidth selection, the 6010A/5040A system fulfills the needs of 5.1 productions. Like all Genelec active subwoofers, the 5040A also features extremely low distortion.
About the Genelec 6010A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors:
Genelec's 6010A Bi-Amplified Active Monitor system, designed for use with Genelec's award-winning 5040A Active Subwoofer in close proximity home and professional listening applications, is the company's smallest speaker/monitor system to date, measuring 7 1/8" x 4 3/4" x 4 1/2" (height with Iso-PodTM 7 11/16"). It can even be plugged directly into personal music players for enhanced acoustic enjoyment. However, size is no handicap to performance as the 6010A two-way active monitoring system incorporates Genelec's acoustic design innovations to minimize all forms of distortion. Designed as an active loudspeaker, the 6010A contains proprietary drivers, advanced power amplifiers perfectly matched to the drivers, active crossover filters and protection circuitry. The 6010A has a die-cast all-aluminum Minimum Diffraction EnclosureTM (MDETM), which features large internal volumes, softly curved edges and outstanding mechanical strength. As a result, the imaging accuracy and low frequency extension from such a compact enclosure is truly astounding. The 6010A also incorporates Genelec's advanced Directivity Control WaveguideTM (DCWTM), which provides an amazingly smooth on- and off-axis response, while the long, curved reflex port ends in a wide flare for excellent bass articulation.
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