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Great Sound Doesn’t Come Cheap: Exploring a Pro Sound System for Your HOW

by SUMMIT on April 21st, 2015

Great Sound Doesn’t Come Cheap

The first consideration in getting good acoustics should not be the cost of the sound system. Unfortunately, cost is often the sole deciding factor. The focus needs to be on installing a system that supports the needs of your community. Church services are modernizing, and contemporary Houses of Worship have advanced audio specifications, required to engage and attract today’s tech-driven audience.

For most of HOWs, there are three basic audio requirements:

  • Traditional services, including verbal communication, which are accompanied by vocals and acoustic music.
  • Contemporary services, with a full band, video, and/or video conferencing.
  • And a combination of both types of services.

While it’s important to create an engaging and appealing atmosphere through words and music, church acoustics definitely need to be taken into consideration. Where do people sit? What is the building constructed of (stone versus wood frame)? Is the space vaulted? Does it echo? A good PA system is definitely a necessity.

The mark of a good sound system is its ability to tackle all of the above issues. Sound reverberates when it hits hard surfaces, and its waves travel differently across hard or soft surfaces. Knowing the limitations of your space will help your HOW invest in the proper equipment, of optimum audience enjoyment. That said, going cheap is not always the answer.

Sound systems in HOWs require special attention so that sound travels clearly and correctly from the stage to the audience. The chain in the signal path has many variables including sound source, pre amplification, processing, crossover, amplification, and speaker output. Taking care of all these factors is not a job for an amateur. Though small churches are comfortable with hiring volunteers, creating better and error-free audio experiences requires investment in qualified audio engineers, or at the very least, high-tech audio systems that deliver ease of use, and reduce the chances of error or problems if you must have your volunteer teams operating them.

Compromises to quality will not only create less engaging services, but can also impact a Church’s relationship with its congregation. Generally, professional sound systems run anywhere from $100 to $135 per seat. The cost of a sound system reflects a combination of functionality, coverage, and sound output. The official church budget may not forecast this kind of an expense. However, if you want long-term results and value for your dollar, such an investment makes sense.

If HOWs are looking to create a highly engaged and loyal congregation, it’s always a better decision to invest in quality.

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