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Steve Litscher

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Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« on: July 07, 2016, 12:25:17 pm »

Seriously exploring a pair of SM80s with some TH-118s, and I'm curious what type of coverage folks are getting from their Danley SM80s.

Indoor/Outdoor, number of people, type of music - what are you experiencing? And, with how much power?

If you've used them for a while, are there any tips or tricks or anything you'd do differently now that you have experience with them?

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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 12:30:31 pm »

Coverage is not an absolute, fixed number.  You have to factor in the area, desired SPL over the given area, type of music and the expectations of the promoter, audience and performers.

That said, you'd have a hard time going wrong with Danley.
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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 02:26:56 pm »

There's a lot of 'it depends' scenarios that Ivan will go into no doubt, but without front fills the maximum I've personally spaced them apart is about 5m (over 2xTH118s on each side), and I'd say you cover about 10m x 20m pretty well.

They sound great although there is a bit of a hole in the lower midrange, you can boost it a bit. I'd highly suggest that you go with danleys own amps and 4xTH118s if you can afford it. A single DNA20K can drive all 6 boxes with no issues whatsoever (don't worry about the driving the subs at 2 ohms (when paired), the DANLEY amps handle it just fine.


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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2016, 03:41:29 pm »

I've mostly used them as sidewash but have done a few shows in a 106' x 112' x35' room for 400 ppl. Used 2 DBH218's for subs and Labgruppen power. Wasn't pushing the system but I measured 105 dbc and FOH and had some volume complaints. Haven't heard them reach their potential yet.
Highly reverberant room but it still sounded very good.
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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2016, 04:46:27 pm »

We have done several outdoor shows with a one SM80-over one TH118 on each side of the stage, powered by Crown xti4000 and ITech 6000 each in stereo mode. No problem hitting 100dB peaks at 100 ft at full tilt, as long as we had full power (mostly the ability to give the sub amp a full 20A dedicated circuit). One of our larger areas was about 100 by 100 ft at a downtown stage, with additional spillover on the sidewalk and street, maybe 300-400 people; pop/country act; there were a few buildings on each side of the lot that helped confine the sound a little bit.  Recently got some higher extension poles and speaker tilters which help with aiming the sound where it needs to go. Lots of compliments on the quality of sound.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2016, 05:01:11 pm »

Here is shot of a 1500-2700(lawn seating) capacity venue we regularly work. Acts range from jazz to heavy rock. The Danley rig always produces great results. I have never noticed a "hole in the low mid area".

https://youtu.be/ItjfD7EZaAk
 
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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2016, 05:10:10 pm »

As usual-It depends.  And this applies to all loudspeakers

"Coverage" can mean different things to different people and different situations.

Obviously SPL is one thing.  Rock levels are different than easy jazz.

Other things include:  How close are the closest people?

How wide is the area of coverage?

How high are the speakers?

How far are the furthest listeners?

What sort of SPL deviation (from the closest to the furthest listener) is acceptable to be considered "covered"?  3dB?  10dB?  20dB? 

I have a friend that does a large event every fall (I think around labor day) in Dallas with the band "War".  He has done it 2 years with the SM80s and is doing it again this year.

The audience area is in a large field and extends out to 300' deep

He uses 1 SM80 per side and subs.

Granted the subs he uses are the "larger" subs-so he is able to push the system a bit more-due to the big bass support.

For the event he says it works just fine.  Once the band got over the "size" of the speakers the first time
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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2016, 05:42:36 pm »

I regularly do a summer concert series in a space 100' deep and 140' wide with more than 180 degrees coverage needed. We fly two SM80 over four TH118 facing front with one over one for each side. We are mandated to keep it at 100-105 db (C, slow) out front. We can easily exceed that if we wanted. Variety of acts. Crown iTech8k one channel per box.
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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2016, 06:14:36 pm »

Here is shot of a 1500-2700(lawn seating) capacity venue we regularly work. Acts range from jazz to heavy rock. The Danley rig always produces great results. I have never noticed a "hole in the low mid area".

https://youtu.be/ItjfD7EZaAk
Thanks for posting!  Can you post details in the video description (or here)?  As far as amps, type of subs, etc.
Thanks!
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Re: Danley SM80 - coverage area/people/music
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2016, 06:40:59 pm »

Thanks for posting!  Can you post details in the video description (or here)?  As far as amps, type of subs, etc.
Thanks!

Crown Itech 4000 SM80.  Two Itech 6000's for four TH 118/ two per side.
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