First Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Jim Stenson, senior designer with All Pro Sound (APS), a Pensacola, Florida, systems integrator, recently handled the upgrade of two Florida churches: First Baptist Church in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and Village Baptist in Destin.
Hidden behind gondolas in the ceiling, First Baptist’s Church’s existing loudspeakers reportedly didn't provide near the coverage that was required for the auditorium, which seats about 750 in a main floor and balcony area. The speaker system also had to accommodate a full band and, 100-person choir and the minister. Stenson did away with the hidden-speaker layout in favor of an entirely new configuration that employed five Turbosound THL-811.3 speakers in an exploded cluster.
"On paper, the best performer was the THL-811, a trapezoidal mid-high device that has a precise coverage pattern in a small footprint enclosure that blended in very nicely with the architecture," Stenson says. "As expected, they performed extremely well in real life as well."
By using this configuration, APS could also add 200 seats to the congregation on the outside edges. To cover the upper area of the balcony, which seats about 75, Stenson selected two Turbosound TCS-40 passive, full-range, two-way speakers. As under balcony fills, Stenson specified three Turbosound TCS-30s, another passive, full-range, two-way speaker.
For the Village Baptist project, All Pro installed acoustical panels and used Turbosound TQ-440s as the components of the main exploded cluster.
Six of the three-way, bi-amped, full-range speakers were mounted in a cluster about 26 feet above the front of the platform to cover six seating areas on the main floor. In addition, Stenson installed three Turbosound TQ-425 front-loaded, vented subwoofers.
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