Emagine Novi

Detroit, Michigan

More than Surround Sound

Emagine Entertainment operates innovative movie theaters throughout the Midwest, and it recently completed a five-million-dollar renovation of its Emagine Novi location in the northwest suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. A huge part of that renovation included the merger of former theaters thirteen and fourteen to provide space for the state of Michigan’s largest screen and 320 luxury reclining chairs from which to enjoy it. 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 theater. “Danley was an excellent fit for the situation,” Ruhling said. “Given the size of the space, the typical pro cinema loudspeakers were a bit too light for the task at hand. Line arrays, in addition to being way too expensive, would have given us headaches with comb filtering and smearing. In contrast, Tom 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.”

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Offering Advanced Audio Technologies for Crisp and Clear Audio

The new system at Emagine Novi uses five Danley SH96HOs for the main left, left-center, center, center-right, and right loudspeakers. A Danley BC418 subwoofer, with its components arranged to provide directivity, provides substantial low-end support. “The Danley BC418 has the ability to shake the entire complex from end to end,” Ruhling said. “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!”

Hudson Terrace

Combining Danley Sound Labs’ TH-112 for low frequency and SM-100B for the mid/high section, this system produces one of the warmest musical sounds in NYC. The Salon and Roof Lounge DJ booths boast two SM-100 speakers for monitoring, and sound absolutely amazing!

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