Danley gets amped up
Thu, 04 May 2017 10:25
It’s been twelve years since Danley Sound Labs first introduced Tom Danley’s
innovative Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers to the world. In
that time, the company has rolled out several other equally-innovative loudspeaker
technologies, such as the SBH Series of column form factor loudspeakers and the
Jericho Horn Series of massive stadium-grade loudspeakers. Now Danley offers the
DNA Series of amplifiers with a library of on board DSP pre-sets for every Danley
loudspeaker and subwoofer, rugged reliability, luscious 96kHz transparency,
multiple modes of flexible loudspeaker protection, advanced power handling and
protection, and easy networkable monitoring and remote control. And if all that
weren’t enough, they pack a ton of power into four channels and two rack spaces:
the DNA 5k4c, DNA 10k4 Pro, and DNA 20k4 Pro models rate 5000, 10,000, and
20,000 watts total output!
“One of the huge benefits of the Danley DNA Series amplifiers is that they come
with built-in DSP pre-sets for all of the Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer
products,” said Josh Millward, whose official title, “systems application engineer,” is
perhaps less descriptive of his day-to-day activities than is his unofficial title – The
Amp Guy. “They form an integrated system right out of the box. There’s no need to
mix and match, and testing and tuning becomes a much simpler process.
Integrators can start tuning a system in the optimal sweet spot and make room-
and application-specific adjustments from there.” The DNA amps’ DSP resources
have all of the frequency- and dynamic-domain tools that one would expect, along
with Danley’s proprietary linear phase crossover, which works its magic without
resorting to latency-inducing FIR filters.
Of course, the Danley DNA amplifiers have the reliability, sound quality, and power
needed in modern, mission-critical applications. In the year that Danley has been
shipping them, the England-built DNA units have had remarkably few failures. The
DNA sound quality is commensurate with Danley’s famous loudspeaker and
subwoofer fidelity, and all DSP functions operate at 24-bit/96kHz, delivering greater
resolution and lower latency than industry-standard 48kHz units.
The Danley DNA design team thought of all the ways that a loudspeaker or
subwoofer can be destroyed by an amplifier and then provided a robust means of
protection against each one. Advanced DSP limiting allows users to specify, in
voltage, a maximum RMS output and a maximum peak output.
All the Danley DNA amplifiers have international power supplies that can plug right
into 120V or 240V sources without missing a beat, along with advanced circuit
protection. “Say you’re plugging a DNA amplifier into a 20-amp outlet,” explained
Millward, “you can set the amp’s ‘external breaker protection’ so that it knows it’s
plugged into a 20-amp circuit. The amp will monitor its performance and limit so as
to draw less than 20 amps. Of course, that limits the output, but that outcome is
way better than tripping a circuit breaker and having the event come to a silent and
On-board, easy-to-implement network capabilities round out the Danley DNA
amplifier feature set. The amps can be connected to standard Ethernet networks for
monitoring and control. The connections are easy, secure, and robust.