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Amsterdam’s Doka Nightclub Opts for Danley Speakers and Subs

Victoria Wasylak • MMR GlobalSupplier Scene • July 17, 2020

Doka nightclub in southeast Amsterdam, Netherlands recently hired pro audio distribution and integration company Firm4 to install four Danley SH50 full-range loudspeakers and two Danley TH118 subwoofers.

“The old system wasn’t meeting the high standards that Kerwin Groot, Doka’s chief sound engineer and Julian Chaptal, the club’s producer and programmer expected,” explained Robert Pigeaud, representative of Firm4. “Kerwin reached out to us because he had heard Danley systems at Oosterbar and Marktkantine and at regional festivals. He was impressed by the Danley fidelity and overall performance. As part of our due diligence, we gave them several other options and performed a demo at Doka. The demo consisted of a pair of Danley SM60F full-range loudspeakers and a Danley TH118 subwoofer up against other ‘A-list’ brands. Within five minutes, everybody involved was convinced that Danley was undoubtedly the way to go.”

The new system at Doka centers on four of Danley’s flagship SH50s. They are arranged two per side, close-packed. Danley’s patented point-source designs couple perfectly, which means Doka gets a stereo field with perfect phase coherence on each side and stunning depth and detail of the stereo imaging. Two Danley TH118 subwoofers round out the low end with undistorted bass that has to be heard to be fully understood. Whereas other subwoofer manufacturers let a surprisingly large amount of distortion pass in order to boost volume, Danley’s patented subwoofer designs break that tradeoff. Doka’s TH118s are loud and honest. Bass notes play at their intended frequency, which makes the entire sonic picture coherent and stunning.

One four-channel MC2 Audio Delta DSP 80 powers the Danley SH50s, and one four-channel MC2 Audio Delta DSP 100 powers the Danley TH118s. The Delta DSP 80 provides the modest front-end processing and loudspeaker conditioning required for the system. The DJ booth is state-of-the-art, starting with a hydraulically height-adjusted work surface. A Pioneer CDJ2000NXS2 digital media system joins a pair of Technics SL1210 mk2 turntables via an Alpha Recordings AR9000 DJ mixer. A vintage Roland effects unit and a pair of Avalon VT747 tube “channel strips” give the front end an analog soul worthy of the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers.

“Danley builds products with unmatched sound quality,” Pigeaud said. “The Danley SH50 specifically provides great fidelity and pattern control that extends down to surprisingly low frequencies. Within the coverage angle, the magnitude and phase response are perfectly uniform. Really, the Danley boxes are like high-volume studio monitors, which is exactly what Doka was after. They love it! We even sold two new systems to people who visited Doka and were blown away by its Danley sound system!”

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