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AUDIO ONE SOUND & VIDEO SELECTS SPEAKERS FROM GENELEC CUSTOM INSTALLATION SYSTEMS FOR CHALLENGING HOME THEATER ENVIRONMENTS

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— For more than 25 years, Audio One Founder and CEO David Frangioni has turned to Genelec speaker technology for high-end home theater and media room installations, as well as professional recording studios —

NATICK, MA, August 5, 2009 — Every challenge has a solution, and very often, when it comes to audio for upscale home theaters, the answer is Genelec Custom Installation Systems. That’s a conclusion David Frangioni, Founder and CEO of Audio One Sound & Video, one of the country’s leading design/build firms of exquisite home theaters and media rooms, has repeatedly come to. Any one of the many demanding applications regularly tackled by Audio One (with offices in Miami, Nashville, Boston and Los Angeles) illustrates how time and again, Frangioni and Audio One have found the answers they need with speakers from Genelec Custom Installation Systems, and one recent installation is particularly notable.

A large home theater in a massive 30,000-square-foot residence in the Miami area, featuring a Runco projector and a centrally located movie server with five terabytes of movies, presented an interesting situation: a client who demanded the absolute best in audio quality, however in what Frangioni describes as an “atypical space,? one that did not allow for placement of speakers above or to the side of the screen stage. A systems designer might typically turn to a perforated screen solution, placing the L-C-R array behind the screen, but due to the presence of an adjacent room behind the screen wall, even behind-the-screen placement of the speakers wasn’t feasible.

What did work, however, was an L-C-R array consisting of two Genelec HT312B Three-Way Active Loudspeakers flanking a dedicated Genelec HT324AC Three-Way Active Loudspeaker for the center channel. These were able to be positioned beneath the screen stage, enabling a sound system design that provided the powerful projection that Frangioni sought while being positioned to accommodate the theater’s configuration. The system was rounded out with four Genelec AIW26 Active In-Wall Loudspeakers used for the side and rear positioned of the 7.1 surround system, and two Genelec HTS3B Active Subwoofers.

“For starters, the sound quality of all of the speakers is awesome,? says Frangioni, who has used Genelec speakers in home theater applications as well as professional recording studios he’s designed and built for clients including Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne.

Well beyond the great sound quality, Genelec’s patented Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) technology enabled optimal dispersion of the speakers for perfect balance, despite their less-than-optimal positioning. Genelec’s revolutionary DCW technology is designed to match the frequency response and directivity characteristics of the drivers in the loudspeaker. This results in an excellent flatness of the overall frequency response for on and off-axis listening positions (reducing the reflected sound energy at the listening position), as well as improved stereo and sound stage imaging.

“What you can accomplish with Genelec’s Waveguide technology, in terms of imaging and frequency balancing to match any acoustical environment, is just amazing,? he says. “As a result, you never have to compromise to the performance of the speaker.? The project went on to win a CEDIA®’s Best Integrated Home – Gold Technical Design award in the $1,000,001-to-3,000,000-plus category.

Speakers from Genelec Custom Installation Systems will continue to be the answer for challenging home theater design and installation situations. “The versatility of the Genelec range of speakers gives me lots of options,? Frangioni says. “And they also give me and my clients great sound. As an engineer, I’ve recorded hundreds of records and I have high standards. Genelec speakers meet those expectations, in the home theater and in the studio.?

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