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10,000-Seat Carpenter's Home Church
Just 30 miles outside Tampa in Lakeland, Florida, the Carpenter's Home Church, a non-denominational house of worship, recently finished the installation of a complete Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker system in its 10,000-seat facility. The new Meyer Sound system, provided by Blackhawk Audio Inc., was configured using a left or right system of 3 MSL-4s, 3 DS-4Ps and 2 CQ-2s for downfill, and a total of 6 CQ-1s, stacked three over three, for centerfill.
Stephen Brown, associate pastoral staff and production director, said that when the Church was considering what loudspeaker system to go with, they decided to invite a number of companies in to better qualify what would work best for the venue.
"We invited four major loudspeaker companies in for an evaluation," said Brown. "We told the companies that they could bring in a system of their choice tailored to meet the church's needs. We supplied them all with the specifications of the venue and allowed each company a half-day to setup. Next we conducted a vocal intelligibility test from an audio CD and requested the staff to write down exactly what it was they thought they heard: dog, frog, log, etc. The decision was unanimous. The clarity of the Meyer System was amazing compared to the competition."
Brown said that the system the Church was looking for had to also meet specific criteria. First off, the system had to be capable of Hi-Q vocal intelligibility for worship services and conferences, and secondly, the system also had to be capable of producing accurate live sound.
"The vocal intelligibility of the new Meyer Sound system is very, very warm," said Brown. "People have even approached me about the sound quality and said that they are hearing more of the performances on the Meyer system than they ever did on the previous one."
Brown added that with the church's new self-powered loudspeaker system the sound technicians have learned that they no longer need to compensate for the lack of vocal intelligibilty in the services.
"With the Meyer Sound system," he said, "the technicians realize that they can now do more with less. There is virtually no sound distortion, and every word is crisp and clear."