Here at Danley, we pride ourselves on leading the industry in innovative ideas. People have asked us, “How do you guys keep coming up with such amazing products?” That’s a great question. Below, Ivan Beaver talks about the product development process here at Danley. You will see, it is very organic!
“The very first sub that Danley developed was the TH28. In fact, that was the first Danley product. The second product was the first full-range product: the SH (now SM) 100. But that is a different story for another time.
We needed sub with a higher output than the TH28, so Tom designed what would be the original TH212. Only one was ever built: the prototype. (Which we still have stored away)
Early on, all of the prototypes were built in house. We still build some prototypes in house. That means, not built going through the normal production/manufacturing CNC run. Tom Danley builds them in his personal workshop or I build them in the main office shop.
In the case of the original TH212, I had a live band playing/rehearsing while I was building it. A party band that Mike Hedden was playing with was rehearsing in the conference room above the wood shop area. He was part of the horn section. That was a very enjoyable evening I will not forget.
When the product was finished and measured, the performance was very good. It was smooth, went very low (especially for the day), had good sensitivity, and good directivity. However, the physical size was something that I felt would be hard to sell. There were limited places where it could be installed.
I discussed with Tom Danley about cutting the cabinet in half, and moving the exit 90o. He said it should work fine, but with less directivity. The resulting cabinet is now the TH112, and has remained virtually unchanged over the years.
This TH112 was nice, but I wanted something louder. I built two doubled versions of the TH112, basically two TH112s, side by side but not as wide as two TH112s would be. Those were sold to a club in northern VA but were never produced commercially. This product would be considered the second version the TH212. The 3rd and current TH212 (which is quite a bit different than the first two) came out a bit later.
I told Tom that this was a good step, but I wanted something that was louder and easier to transport. He told me to make a list of exactly what I wanted: size, frequency response, acceptable limitations, etc. I was willing to give up deep response for greater output and wanted it to be able to be moved easily by one person. Tom came up with the TH115. The original name (and it still is in his computer) was ‘Ivan’s sub.’ This sub also remains virtually unchanged since the original design, and is still a good seller. A few years later, we changed the internals a little bit, and the TH118 was born.
Most Danley products do not end up exactly as they are started, but rather evolve a bit as different people give their input, ideas and wishes. Some products get changed completely a couple of times before the final version gets released. Some have several prototypes built. There is a lot of back and forth that goes on between various people in the engineering dept and ideas from sales staff.
Another example is the SBH product. The basic concept for the SBH products had early versions that were actually shown at a trade show. From this conceptual product, we ended up keeping the idea of the paraline lens, but completely changed the physical size/shape, internal guts, and driver selection to come up with the SBH10/20.
We like to think of Danley products as being the result of a team effort. The goal is for each one to the meet various needs of our customers. Here at Danley Sound Labs, we believe that when it comes to loudspeakers, one size does not fit all!”