An early Victorian church in Essex, St. John’s, has had a new Harman professional sound system installed, combining elements of JBL, Crown, BSS and Soundcraft.
The speaker system consists of four white CBT70-J line array columns and four CBT70-JE bass extenders and four JBL Control 25s. Two Crown XTi 14002 amplifiers drive the main sound system, while the Control 25s are driven by two XLS 2000.
The sound is processed by a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 fixed format DSP, offering 12in/8-out, controlled from a BLU-6 remote wall panel situated in the AV desk for level control, while a second BLU-6 is due to be added at the pulpit for local operation by the clergy to give further control.
Installation specialist New Day Audio won the tender for the project. Director of New Day Derek Clare, explains: “The brief was that with the stripping out of the central pews as part of a general refurbishment, a sound system was required that could operate in all four directions by refocusing the beam.
“The beauty of Soundweb London is we can programme in EQ and orientation set-ups for weddings, funerals etc,” continues Clare. “This can be accessed at the press of a button – it will simply configure itself.
“Everyone has been hugely impressed with the sound system,” concludes Clarke. “Aesthetically the CBT70 is very good and performance wise it’s phenomenal – visually you just don’t know there are speakers in there. This undoubtedly gave us the best option within the budget.”