Anthem unveils new ARC Genesis room correction software

Anthem Electronics has unveiled details of ARC Genesis, the third generation of its Anthem Room Correction (ARC) software at ISE this week. Available in Spring 2019 at no charge from Anthem’s website, the company says that the digital signal processing tech works with compatible 2-channel and home theater audio products and offers advanced measurement functions, acoustic correction algorithms, user-configurable target curve customization, a streamlined user interface, and support for both Mac and Windows.

Anthem Room Correction (ARC) technology “understands” the acoustic characteristics of a listening room and will optimize the audio performance of 2-channel and home theater audio products to deliver “the best possible performance within each unique room.” Anthem claims that the new software will tame resonances, reflective surfaces, and other obstacles that can negatively affect sound, particularly at low frequencies. When used with compatible receivers, processors, and preamplifiers with built-in bass management functions, ARC Genesis also analyzes the frequency response of speakers and subwoofers to calculate custom high-pass and low-pass filter settings for natural-sounding bass levels throughout an audio system.

The new software is now compatible with both Mac and Windows (having once only supported the latter) and offers connections via USB, Wi-Fi/Ethernet, or Bluetooth (depending on the product). In the near future, ARC Mobile for iOS and Android will also be upgraded to include the ARC Genesis feature set. ARC Genesis software is backward compatible with several legacy products from the last decade, with the only exception being early generation products that relied solely on RS-232 for data connections.

ARC Genesis incorporates performance enhancements that speed up the optimization algorithm and should improve the quality of results. New refinements enhance the software’s ability to detect and automatically select crossover points, analyze room gain, and calculate target curves for each speaker within a system. When used with Anthem’s STR Series, ARC Genesis aligns the phase of loudspeakers and subwoofers. Improved UI features include a guided workflow, simple and descriptive language, in-line help menus, interactive acoustic measurement graphs, and the ability to replace measurements on a speaker-by-speaker basis after finishing the initial set of measurements, meaning there is no more need to remeasure the entire system if there is a tweak to placement of a speaker or subwoofer.

ARC Genesis will be available in spring 2019 and free for download from AnthemAV.com.

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