You're right, I don't want to go out and get something complicated that won't help me out. I just find myself sometimes being asked if I can cover for 3k people and unless I can do it myself it's not worth hiring out.
So If I can efficiently obtain something like 6x TH118's and 2x SH96HO (or the PG line) then I'd be set for when those events arise and in 10-15 gigs I could theoretically have it paid off.
To top it off, I'm curious as to what I could do with what I have now (or a little extra).
But this is all conjecture and mental masturbation (as JR calls it) as I won't be there for a few years.
I take it as a learning experience.
I haven't evaluated (in the shop or as a solo device) any Danley product introduced since 2012 so I may not have a fair or good grasp on what various models will do, performance-wise, but I'm skeptical that a pair of SH96 would cover 3,000 people at rock show levels and I'm certain that unless you got them up in the air and aimed down, you will have the same coverage issues as with any other ground stacked conventional system or dash array (although I'd expect the SH96 would have more even tonality).
We're not in the market for DSL products so I don't pester dealers for demos with their limited inventory but if Mike Hedden wants to send me some gear to play with I'd be happy to take it out and evaluate.
There is an arena install of DSL products that I have evaluated for the end client who found a number of issues that I ascribe to the system design and very poor installation supervision (I think the steel contractor mis-read the prints and put speakers in the wrong places and aimed incorrectly). In my report I didn't throw DSL under the bus because with the installation issues it's impossible to evaluate the speaker system until the installation issues are fixed (which will be never). Report was accepted, filed, and I got paid. End of story. Oh, and the SH96HO was used extensively in the design and there are 12 or 16 of them for a 9,000 capacity arena, so I hope you understand why I'm skeptical that a pair will cover 3,000 adequately.