Doka nightclub in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which regularly presents live DJ programming, has been equipped with a new house sound reinforcement system installed by integration company Firm4 that’s headed by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and 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,” explains Robert Pigeaud, a 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 utilizes four Danley SH50 three-way point-source loudspeakers arranged two per side, close-packed, while two Danley TH118 subwoofers round out the low end. A four-channel MC2 Audio Delta DSP 80 amplifier powers the mains and a four-channel MC2 Audio Delta DSP 100 drives the subs. The Delta DSP 80 provides the modest front-end processing and loudspeaker conditioning required for the system.
The DJ booth offers a hydraulically height-adjusted work surface, with a Pioneer CDJ2000NXS2 digital media system joined by 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 vibe.
“Danley builds products with unmatched sound quality,” Pigeaud concludes. “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.”