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—Popular app allows users to correctly configure and match the angling of stereo or surround-sound speaker systems—

133rd AES CONVENTION, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 27, 2012Genelec (booth 911), the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is  proud to announce the latest news regarding its highly successful TEC  Award-nominated SpeakerAngle app.


First, in response to popular demand, the app is now available for Android devices (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.genelec.apps&feature=nav\_result#?t=W10), priced at just $ 0.99 USD. The Android version of SpeakerAngle is functionally and graphically identical to the popular iOS version  released in August and already in use by thousands of audio  professionals and home studio/theater owners. It works on all Android  smartphones and tablets running OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or later and  equipped with a gyroscope chip, including the Samsung Galaxy II and III;  the HTC Evo 3 and 4; the Google Nexus; and the Asus Transformer and  Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Second, Genelec has announced the availability of SpeakerAngle version 1.2 for iOS devices as a free update on the Apple iTunes Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakerangle/id549033688?mt=8).  This latest version offers improved functionality that indicates when  speakers are angled at +/- 3 degrees of 30 (the range of angles that  will generally work best when speakers are equidistant from the  listening position). All iOS versions of SpeakerAngle are fully compatible with iOS 6 and with the  iPhone 4 and later  (including the new iPhone 5), iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th  Generation and later.

SpeakerAngle is the first digital  tool that allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling  ("toe-in") of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers, helping to  ensure optimum audio fidelity. Easy and intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company founded by industry veteran Howard Massey).

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 color 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 Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a  convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of  your speakers in your listening environment, and it was important to us  that we listen to our loyal customers and meet their request for an  Android version while continuing to offer enhanced functionality for iOS  devices,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director. “This  is a perfect tool for recording engineers, system installers, home  theater owners and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any  loudspeaker system. The possibilities are exciting, and we look forward  to audio enthusiasts everywhere putting it to good use.”

To use SpeakerAngle, simply select  the desired mode of operation (Stereo or Surround), then place your  Android or iOS device 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 (that is, 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 color, from red to green (light green when angled  between 27 and 33 degrees). When you touch the speaker icon once again  (or select any other speaker icon), the number box changes color 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 Android or iOS  device 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 color 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.genelecusa.com/.

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