Room Intelligibility Fix
Late last year a church approached us about upgrading their audio system as they were encountering issues with intelligibility. They had an old system that was installed back in 1994. It was originally designed to cover both the main area of the sanctuary and a balcony section. However, the balcony did not end up being used for seating which has led to the old speakers having poor coverage in the main seating area and a lack of intelligibility. P.S. that’s the 2nd time I’ve used that word, so I should probably explain what I mean by that. Intelligibility is a fancy word for how clearly you can hear something. Often, it’s most noticeable when someone is speaking, but it refers to the overall clarity of the sound system.
The main goals of adding a new sound system were to improve intelligibility and additionally improve the usability of the system. They wanted to make running sound easier with a new board and to quote the Tech Director there, “Make it less intimating to walk up too”.
This audio upgrade was challenging but rewarding in the end to hear the difference for in the main room. Replacing a quarter century old audio setup was not only satisfying, but will make a big difference for the church as they continue to grow and move forward.
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