What does the overload protection circuitry do, how does it work?

The overload protection drops the level in the monitor or subwoofer to prevent overloading. Protection modifies the audio signal to protect the products. Monitors and subwoofers should not be operated so that the protection is continuously active (red light showing*).
*Please note, that not all of the Genelec products has red light to indicate the protection.


In critical audio production environments, it is crucial that the monitoring system is reliable and always available. One of the main reasons for Genelec's success in broadcasting is the reliability of our products. Reliability is guaranteed by an internal protection circuit that has been present in all products since 1978.

The protection circuit prevents fault conditions of the elements by detecting signal levels. If there are sudden spikes or continuous excessive levels in the signal, the protection circuit will automatically lower the signal level. Of course, the operation of the protection circuit does not affect the sound quality in any way when working under the specified operating conditions of the speaker. It just prevents signals from breaking the speaker.

Features and benefits of the protection circuit:

 - Decreases the signal level when needed (for example, when the temperature of the sound coil of the element reaches the safety limit), which significantly improves the reliability of the speaker.
- The appropriate protection circuit design for each speaker and subwoofer allows the system sound level to be maximized.


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