Emagine Entertainment recently completed a five million dollar renovation of its Emagine Novi location Detroit Michigan. A huge part of the renovation included the merger of former theatres 13 and 14 to provide space for the state of Michigans largest screen.
In addition to a state-of-the-art Christie laser projector that perfectly illuminates every square inch of the 92’ x 48’ screen, Emagine opted to support the visuals with a 64-channel Dolby Atmos system led by five Danley SH96HO point-source loudspeakers and a powerful Danley BC418 subwoofer.
David Zylstra, chief technical officer at Emagine Entertainment, collaborated with Tom Ruhling, director of entertainment technology, to design the technical aspects of the new theatre, Tom explained: “Danley was an excellent fit for the situation, given the size of the space, the typical pro cinema loudspeakers were a bit too light for the task at hand.
“Danley’s patented technologies deliver true point-source output with incredible fidelity and almost undetectable distortion, despite their ability to produce impressive SPLs. Importantly, Danley boxes are fairly priced, especially when you consider how few boxes are needed compared to a line array.”
Tom installed three Danley SH96HO loudspeakers at the Emagine Canton location a year ago to give them a real field test, he added: “I’ve been working with cinema sound for over 30 years, and I’ve never experienced anything like a Danley system.” The new system at Emagine Novi uses five Danley SH96HOs for the main left, left-centre, centre, centre-right, and right loudspeakers, a Danley BC418 subwoofer, with its components arranged to provide directivity, provides substantial low-end support.
Tom said: “The Danley BC418 has the ability to shake the entire complex from end to end, whereas conventional subwoofers have 8 – 15% distortion beyond 60Hz, Tom Danley’s patented design makes distortion almost non-existent. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s so honest. It’s like hearing the bass from my high-end monitors at home… expanded out to a 320-seat room!”
In addition to a great sound system, Tom was impressed by the support he received from Danley Sound Labs. He concluded: “Whereas most other companies tend to disappear after the purchase has been made, Danley has been with us every step of the way and continue to support us”.