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Meyer Sound Makes a Big Impression, Leaves a Small Footprint in Historic Christ Church Cranbrook
A visually discreet Meyer Sound system based on the tiny Stella-4 installation loudspeaker has made a dramatic improvement to the sound quality at Christ Church Cranbrook, a congregation housed in a Bloomfield, Mich. building it has called home since 1928.
The Christ Church Cranbrook's innate beauty is marked by its intricate wood carvings, ornate stained glass, and soaring, vaulted ceilings, but the classic architecture that gave this landmark structure its unique character was also a source of frustration. Generations of sermons were rendered nearly unintelligible by the room's daunting acoustics. The challenge for Troy, Mich.-based Advanced Lighting and Sound was to find a way to improve intelligibility while placing minimal impact on the room's aesthetics. As Project Manager Bob Sullivan reports, the solution was found in Meyer Sound's Stella-4 installation loudspeaker.
"The sanctuary had a 70-volt distributed system, with a number of mismatched and misaligned speakers mounted on the side walls," Sullivan explains. "We were able to replace the existing speakers with 12 Stella-4 units, mounted in the alcoves, and achieve uniform coverage across the entire seating area. It's a tremendous improvement."
Sullivan adds that the Stella-4 loudspeakers were ideally suited to the need for a low-profile installation. "Of course, aesthetics was an important concern in this historic building," he says. "Not only did the Stella-4s offer minimal visual impact themselves, but because they required a low voltage power supply, we were able to forego the need to install unsightly conduit in favor of thin, discreet cabling to each unit.
"The congregation was quite amazed with how natural the system sounds, and the church committee was exceptionally pleased with how well it blends with the room's aesthetics."