Waterville, ME (September 2, 2010)–The Faith Evangelical Free Church of Waterville, Maine recently upgraded its audio system with JBL CBT column speakers.
After Faith Evangelical moved into what was originally a cinema space seven years ago, a public address system was installed incorrectly, creating an undesirable listening environment. A deeply curved wall behind the stage dampened the sound even more, making it very difficult to hear anything on or off the stage.
Invited to consult and plan the new sound design, close friend of the church and owner of Maine Pro Audio, Heidi Samuel recommended the JBL CBT loudspeakers. One of the biggest challenges during the installation was the inner construction of the church. Multiple fabrications were engineered to ensure the safety of the congregants as well as proper equipment fit. After determining the mount height of the CBT, contractors cut holes in the walls for subs and added blocking to the steel framing to further support the mounting brackets. An independent fabricator built the mounting brackets to allow for a few degrees leeway for horizontal aiming. With limited space, the cabinets were assembled on the ground, as opposed to being constructed on the mounting bracket itself, and lifted into place.
“The CBT product is a great fit in terms of coverage and sound quality,” said Samuel. “We were amazed at the smooth horizontal coverage and the well-defined vertical coverage. When fully extended with the CBT 70JE, we finally have a system that provides pattern control well down in the low voice range, which we would have never accomplished with the previous installation.”
Using an SPL meter, there is reportedly only a 2dB difference between the area directly under the speaker and the rear of the auditorium, 80 feet away. The ratio between the highs and lows remains consistent and the two CBT arrays are said to cover 100 percent of the seating area with zero front fills.