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Church chooses performance over price with Community speakers

Community loudspeakers have been chosen for their audio quality and intelligibility in this reverberant environment

The Church of St Bridget in Glassboro, New Jersey became an official parish in 1887; the present church was built in 1987. Unusually, it has a threefold mission: serving Glassboro area parishioners, acting as the Catholic centre for the Hispanic community of central Gloucester County, and serving the students, faculty and staff of nearby Rowan University. 

St. Bridget’s is a very deep church with hard wooden pews, marble and terrazzo floors and a high ceiling so, like many churches, it represented a reverberation challenge for a new sound system. The church elders turned to audio and visual solutions specialist JD Sound & Video, having heard the company’s sound systems in other local churches.

“Any system could easily get loud enough, but intelligibility was the key,” commented Joe DiSabatino, president and lead design engineer of JD Sound & Video. “Community’s E Series are our first choice in such difficult acoustic environments as they provide long throw and wide coverage angles with well-controlled, narrow vertical dispersion. E Series intelligibility is also outstanding and the loudspeaker’s slim profile merges well with the aesthetics in such buildings.”

“They’d already heard one of our E Series based systems at another local church so we created an EASE model to confirm we could deliver the even coverage and high intelligibility required by St Bridget’s,” he continued.

The system designed and installed by JD Sound & Video uses two ENT-FR high performance column line source loudspeakers flanking the altar, with a further two ENT-FR as delays. Two ENT206 two-way compact column point source loudspeakers are used for altar-fill.

The system is completed by two ceiling mounted VLF208LV dual 8in large volume compact subwoofers, which extend low frequencies and complement the ENT-FRs to provide a powerful music system.

The system is processed and controlled via QSC Q-SYS and powered by QSC amplifiers. JD Sound & Video also provided a Shure QLX-D wireless system and Audix mics for the choir.

“It was gratifying that the church appreciated and wanted quality, as we were not the lowest cost vendor and the solution was chosen on performance not price,” concluded DiSabatino. “Our previous experience with the products and an accurately calculated design enabled us to provide a great system that delivers the quality and intelligibility that the church and congregation wanted.”