Originally Posted by amirm
I spoke to Genelec folks at CEDIA about the specific speaker being talked about. He said there was zero plan to bring it to home theater market since every speaker requires a processor, amps and cables, making it a bewildering configuration for consumers who can but a single (consumer) processor to drive all of their channels. So this speaker cannot be seen as an example of something that can be moved from Pro line to consumer.
Amir, You have either been fed some rather dubious information , or perhaps misunderstood said information. Similar to the recent Lumis/HT5000 information.
The DSP engine and amps are housed within
each speaker, making it a totally un
bewildering configuration. Its is actually far simpler than my previous Genelec units which actually did have separate electronics, and even they were very simple to work with. The reference to the consumer only using a single processor for all channels is very misleading indeed. Such units are, by their very nature, multi-channel processors. The genelec DSP monitors simply package a single channel of processing in each unit. The DSP in the Genelec DSP units is actually quite simple compared to many HT processors (see end of next paragraph)
Regarding the DSP, which is no different to the other DSP monitors by Genelec, the units can be used with, or without, the GLM system, meaning that standard HT processors can be used and there are instances where that would absolutely be the better option. The DSP will always handle the crossovers, obviously. Using it without GLM will allow the user to use whatever room correction they choose, and/or to cascade if using a dedicated bass processor. The GLM is actually not that big of a deal....2 shelving filters and 6 PEQ per unit iirc.
This speaker most certainly CAN be seen as an example of something that can be moved to the HT environment. Its already been done, and very simple it is too. Ive seen it done and used it, with GLM and external processing with no problems whatsoever.
I also suspect, from your post, that you may seriously underestimate the complexity of genuine high end HT audio. The simple, and self contained, nature of the 8260, is a world away from remote active tri-amped speakers with multiple external processing units that can be seen in many installs.
What actually separates this unit is absolutely NOT its processing or networking, that is actually no different to other 8200 or 7200 units, rather its simply the performance as an active tri-amped speaker.
Hope this helps