Live Sound

BeatBox Installs Danley Sound

New San Francisco live music venue BeatBox is the first club on the West Coast to feature Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers. BeatBox occupies a completely renovated warehouse and features 8/15/2011 4:03 PM Eastern

New San Francisco live music venue BeatBox is the first club on the West Coast to feature Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers. BeatBox occupies a completely renovated warehouse and features a 25-foot ceiling, a private mezzanine, exposed brick, exposed steel latticework and a long line of skylights that can be unveiled when desired. The 30x10-foot stage is completely modular: It can move to different locations and take on different configurations, such as a tall stack for a DJ or a long thrust for a fashion show.

Matt Long, principal of A/V integration firm Sonic Sustenance, introduced the owners to Danley Sound Labs. "We fired up a few of the Danley flagship products for a demo at BeatBox," says Long. "We had SH-50 full-range boxes and TH-115 subwoofers. They were totally blown away."

"We knew that great-sounding music was going to be a critical component of our success," says co-owner Paul Saccone. "We were impressed by the phenomenal bass response and the unmistakable clarity across the frequency range. It was a very noticeable improvement over every other club system we had ever heard."

Long installed four Danley SH-60 full-range loudspeakers and four Danley TH-118 subwoofers. On each side of the stage, paired SH-60s deliver a combined 120 degrees of coverage horizontally and 60 degrees of coverage vertically. Depending on the stage orientation, the subwoofers either combine as a mono cluster or split for a true stereo signal. Powersoft amplifiers with integrated DSP and network accessibility serve as a front end for the system.

"The pattern control of Danley full-range boxes is something that continues to amaze me," says Long. "In the standard stage position, the seams between each pair of SH-60s fires right through the thick of the dancefloor. Yet when you walk that seam, you can't hear it. The Danley coverage is so tight that I could actually hear a 2-inch gap on the dancefloor when the speakers had drifted 3/4-inch apart [prior to being permanently installed]. I pushed the speakers back together, and the gap went away."

"The main response we get is that BeatBox sounds great and doesn't hurt, even when it's full-on dance party loud," says Saccone. "Moreover, it sounds great whether we're doing a dance party, a rock show, jazz or spoken word."

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