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Danley Gear (Amps, too) in the Spotlight at Eastlight Theatre


The Eastlight Theatre was founded in 1992 on the campus of East Peoria Community High School to provide the nearly half-million metro residents of Peoria, Illinois and its surrounding rural communities with the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the production of world-class theatrical productions. It seats approximately 1,100 patrons, three hundred in a balcony section and the remainder on the main floor. Recently, local AV integration and live sound company CSS Audio, Inc. refreshed the theater’s seventeen year-old system – which used older Tom Danley-designed loudspeakers – with modern Danley Sound Labs Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers.

“We installed Sound Physics Labs loudspeakers and Bass Tech subwoofers in Eastlight Theatre back around 2000,” recalled Dan Grimm, CSS Audio general manager. “Both of those companies used Tom Danley designs, and the live sound division of CSS Audio still has a sizable stock of those boxes. So yeah, we’ve been fans of Tom’s designs for a long time! Eastlight Theatre and the high school recently came to us looking to refresh that nearly two-decade-old system, and we naturally went with Tom’s latest and greatest lines from Danley Sound Labs.”

The replacement was straightforward. Grimm and his team pulled out the main cluster and put a pair of tight-packed Danley SH-60 full-range loudspeakers just above the lip of the stage, tilted down slightly. They cover the entire main floor. Two Danley TH-115 subwoofers, one on each side of stage on the floor, round out the low end for the system. The existing balcony delay loudspeakers were left in place. The two new loudspeakers and two new subwoofers get their power from a single 4-channel Danley DNA 20K4 Pro amplifier. Its built-in DSP handles all of the processing for the new system as well.

“It sounded great before, and yet the new Danley boxes are a noticeable improvement,” Grimm said. “The Synergy Horn loudspeakers have a very well-defined pattern and keep energy off the walls and ceiling and on the audience, which helps with intelligibility and impact. Within that pattern, the coverage is perfectly smooth. Moreover, Danley’s huge selection of boxes with different coverage patterns will make it easy to add fills or update the balcony coverage if the theater decides they want to bump it up from ‘great’ to ‘perfection.’”


Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

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