Posted in news on November 20, 2015 9:27 am EST

Dallas House of Worship Puts Every Seat in the Front Row with Audio Update

Full Gospel Holy Temple elevates its sound with a system that comprises Harman's JBL, Crown and BSS Audio components.

Full Gospel Holy Temple, Dallas











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By Church Designer Staff

“People are forgiving once, twice, maybe even three times, but if you can’t keep things sounding consistent and make each service enjoyable, everyone eventually becomes an audio expert.”

—Chris Black, Technical Director, Full Gospel Holy Temple, Dallas, TX

Harman Professional Solutions recently helped Dallas-based Full Gospel Holy Temple elevate its sound with a system that comprises its JBL, Crown and BSS Audio components. Working closely with E2i Design and Skylark AV, the congregation’s technical director, Chris Black, sought a solution that would deliver tour-level sound to every attendee, provide greater musical clarity, and help forge a more intimate bond between minister and worshipper.

“We wanted every seat in the house to feel as close to the sound as the front row,” says Black. At Full Gospel Holy Temple, that’s perhaps more complex than it may seem. Black describes the church as a high-energy ministry, one that transitions rapidly from traditional to contemporary worship in services that feature a nine-person praise and worship team and a choir with more than 100 members.

Audio specification

More than 45 Harman Professional Solutions components were chosen for their ability to handle those transitions and to convey the energy of worship that’s the hallmark of Full Gospel Holy Temple. The installation includes 12 JBL VTX V25-II line arrays in two hangs of six, eight JBL S28 subwoofers in two hangs of four, seven JBL F15 stage monitors, three JBL AM7212s 2-way high-power loudspeakers and two JBL PD6200 loudspeakers. The loudspeakers are powered by eight Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD, four Crown I-Tech 12000HD and two Crown DCi 2|600 amplifiers. A BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processor works within a Dante network.

Black reports that one of the main benefits of having a complete system solution from a single manufacturer is peace of mind. “The one thing that has to happen for me, service in and service out, is good sound,” he says. “People are forgiving once, twice, maybe even three times, but if you can’t keep things sounding consistent and make each service enjoyable, everyone eventually becomes an audio expert.” The all-Harman Professional Solutions lineup, according to Black, doesn’t call attention to itself. “The components work extremely well together,” he says. “They sound great and they enhance our worshippers’ experiences.”

End-user support

Quality sound is important to Black, of course, but there were other factors that drew him to the chosen solution. “We heard some great systems, but at the end of the day, it was all about how we were going to be supported over the long haul,” he says. “Is the manufacturer going to stand behind their products? Will we feel comfortable partnering with them in the future?” As the person responsible for providing technical leadership to an organization that began with six individuals gathering to worship at a barbecue joint and that now counts more than 2,500 members, Black knew the answers to these questions were crucial. For him, the answer was—and is—yes. “[There's] massive R&D efforts, an excellent support system and the experience that Harman brands and their employees have."  continued >>