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Happy New Year from Danley Sound Labs.  Please take a few minutes to check out the latest news about our company and products.  You'll find technical information, product information as well as news about people and places related to Danley.  As usual, if you have questions, feel free to contact your Danley representative or give us a call here at our office.
New Product Highlight

The new Mini-15TK is a compact subwoofer designed for the weekend warrior who needs a compact sub that’s easy to transport, and able to fit under a pickup truck bed cover. This Sub houses a single 15” woofer and weights around 100lbs, with dimensions of 30”H x 18”W x 24”D.  It has a sensitivity of 105 dB and peaks at 138 dB with strong impact and consistent volume across the frequency spectrum. An included pole cup (for adding a pole and top boxes) and built-in handle make carrying and setting up a snap! In addition to being a great little box for portable applications, this sub is also available as an installation box where a small, but powerful subwoofer is required.

Visit our website at the following link to see more details,
http://www.danleysoundlabs.com/products/subwoofers/tapped-horns/thmini15/

Team Member of the Month

This edition of "Team Member of the Month" features Lawonia Freeman.  Lawonia has been with Danley Sound Labs for 9 years.  She is the bookkeeper who helps keep the operation in motion.  Lawonia exemplifies all of the Danley core values, especially "Integrity" and "Team."  Lawonia is also patient.  On most days, she is the only woman in the office.  That surely is a challenge for her, but she handles it with grace.  We can't imagine Danley Sound Labs without Lawonia.  She is a critical part of us moving toward the vision of "Being recognized as the global leader in loudspeaker innovation."
 
Danley Gives Back
Danley Participates in Martial Arts ministry in Moldova
A Christian, Moldovan minister, Sergiu Balan, had a desire to do something for children in small, poor villages near the Moldovan capital city of Chisinau.  Being a 6th-degree black belt in Taekwondo, Sergiu decided that he could start martial arts clubs and use taekwondo to teach morality, responsibility and discipline to the kids.  Unfortunately, Sergiu did not have money for gas to travel weekly out to the villages.  He also didn't have the money for new equipment for the new clubs.  Mike Hedden, chief-steward-in-charge at Danley Sound Labs, learned of the need and the opportunity to help children in Moldova.  After some research into the project, a decision was made.  Danley is now helping to support the work each month.  Sergiu is already busy forming new Taekwondo clubs.  We are thankful for the work of Sergiu and proud to be a partner in making a difference half a world away.
Video Contest Winner
Congratulations to Scott Oliver of Centerline Audiovisual for winning the Danley Sound Labs video contest! He is the winner of the custom made, limited edition Tom Danley Signature Series bookshelf speakers.

We hope you will take a few minutes to check out the video below.
Centerline AV  Danley Sound Labs J1 Documentary
PodWare is becoming System Engineer
By Josh Millward

The new year is going to bring a lot of new developments for our amplifiers. Our software, PodWare, has been under constant development over the last year and that development continues. In fact, the next update for PodWare is going to feature a new name: System Engineer.
 
This new System Engineer software is an outgrowth from the development of the PodWare software. So, it still functions and feels like the PodWare software that we are familiar with, but it features a whole new communications method between the software and the amplifiers. This means that we can talk to more amplifiers on the network at one time. There are other new features coming that will be revealed with the release.
 
Looking forward into the new year, it is safe to say that with the continued software development and the planned addition of new products and accessories to the line, the next year looks extremely bright and exciting for both amplifiers and loudspeakers!
 
The current version of PodWare is 6.24.04.
This version is available for download from our website:
http://www.danleysoundlabs.com/dna-podware/
The current version of firmware for the DNA 10K4 Pro and DNA 20K4 Pro amplifiers is 1.238.
The current version of firmware for the DNA SC48 is 1.364.
Loudspeaker Master Preset Stack version is 20161020
The firmware and loudspeaker presets are included in the PodWare download zip file for PodWare 6.24.04.
Setting your Loudspeaker Protection Limiters
part 1
Prof. Doug Jones & Ivan Beaver


 
This time, we are going to help you figure out how to set the limiters in your DSPs in order to protect your investment in Danley loudspeakers.  Of course, you can use this approach to protect other speakers as well, but this is a Danley tech corner!

Part of the problem is that there are many different brands of DSPs out there and there is no DSP police making them all agree.  We will try to give you a solution that will apply to most every situation.  Of course, the simple solution is to use our DNA series amps/processors, then you could ignore the rest of this Tech Corner!

There are 3 bits of information that you will need.  1) the power rating of your loudspeaker and the rated impedance, 2) the gain of your amplifier expressed in dB, and 3) what convention is used by your limiter for expressing the limiting threshold, i.e. the level at which the limiter kicks in.

Let's start with the first bit of information, the loudspeaker rating.  With Danley speakers, we give you 2 ratings; a continuous rating and a peak rating.  It is beyond this Tech corner to fully explain the difference, but to be conservative, let's use the continuous rating.   For now, let's assume that the speaker has a 1000 watt continuous rating and the rated impedance is 8 ohms. The limiter will be controlling the voltage that goes into the amplifier, so we really need to move from thinking about POWER to thinking about VOLTAGE. We need to know how many volts that 1000 watts represents. In other words, when the loudspeaker is dissipating 1000 watts of amplifier power, how many volts will the amplifier be producing?  The formula for Power is P=V^2/R, therefore V=√(P×R).  So, on your calculator multiply P by R:  1000 X 8 = 8000.  Then hit the Square root key followed by =.  The answer should be 89.4 volts (approximately).  Ok, this is a very important number to jot down someplace.  Remember, what we are trying to do is end up with a system where the limiter kicks in and won't let the continuous voltage that the amplifier produces exceed 89.4 volts.

OK, are you all still with me?  The next thing we want to do is to determine the gain of your amplifier. Once again, we are going to be talking about voltage gain, not power.   Sometimes the gain is called out in the spec sheet.  Other times it is not and only the sensitivity or drive level is called out.   If the gain is called out, you are 2/3 of the way there, and you can skip the rest of this Tech Corner and wait for the conclusion next month!  If the gain of your amplifier is not called out in the spec sheet, we need to slog on!    OK.  Let's assume that you chose an amplifier that is slightly larger than what you need… which is always a very good strategy.  In our example, we have been talking about wanting 1000 watts into 8 ohms, or 89.4 volts.  So let's say you chose an amplifier rated at 1500 watts into 8 ohms.  According to our formula V=√(P×R) the amplifier is capable of delivering 109.5 volts into the 8 ohm load.  Remember we don't need all of that 109.5 volts.  We only need 89.4.   Now look for the sensitivity rating.  This is a rating of how many volts into the amplifier will result in full output.  So let's say that your amplifier spec says it has a sensitivity rating of 3.2 volts for full output.  Just to be clear, that means that 3.2 volts in will result in 109.5 volts out, into 8 ohms, with the volume control of the amp wide open.  The gain of an amplifier is normally expressed in dB, so the gain of your amp can be found using the following formula; gain in dB=20 ×log〖(output volts)/(input volts)〗,  or dB=20 log 109.5/3.2.  On your calculator, type 109.5 / 3.2 =, then log = then X 20 =.  Your answer should be around 30.7 dB.   This is the voltage gain of your amplifier in dB.  Whatever you put into the amplifier will come out around 30.7 dB higher.  We want to set the limiter so the DSP will put out a voltage 30.7 dB below 89.4 volts.   If you do the math, that turns out to be around 2.59 volts.  Maybe this graphic will help:

We are out of space for this time, but you are 2/3 of the way there!  Good Work!  Next time we will look at the settings in the DSP.  They can be a bit confusing so it deserves its own Tech Corner.  Until next time!
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