Posted in news on August 31, 2017 2:09 pm EDT

Tennessee Church Hits High Sound Goals on a Limited Budget

Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn., bucks the movement of mainline Baptist churches to gradually incorporate contemporary elements. As such, All Pro Sound outfitted its new auditorium with rock-solid sound reinforcement from Danley Sound Labs.

Morristown, Tenn.'s Manley Baptist Church commissioned a 2,000-seat auditorium for the move to more contemporary worship. Integrator All Pro Sound specified the sound.











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TAGS: audio, auditorium, avl design, new build, point source loudspeakers, sound reinforcement, worship,


By Church Designer Staff

It’s not uncommon these days for traditional Baptist churches to gradually incorporate contemporary elements, until eventually the day comes when their services are no longer “traditional.” That’s not the path taken by Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn. Instead, Manley Baptist moved from its traditional sanctuary to a brand new 2,000-seat fan-shaped sanctuary and immediately switched over to a more contemporary service format. With that switch came big expectations for modern sound reinforcement – but only a modest budget with which to realize them. AV integration firm All Pro Sound of Pensacola, Fla., met (and reportedly exceeded) those expectations within the budget by designing and installing a sound reinforcement system around Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

Budget-conscious design & specification

“Manley Baptist came to us with aspirations for a first-rate sound reinforcement system, but since they were also building the entire sanctuary from the ground up, the budget for sound reinforcement was pretty tight,” explains Jon Giles, national sales manager for All Pro Sound. “We went back and forth to work out a solution that would meet their high expectations within budget. They started out with the not-uncommon misconception that line arrays are the beginning and end of a modern sound system. We showed them that Danley’s point source solutions offer superior fidelity and great pattern control for less money than even an inexpensive line array system.”

“Pattern control was key at Manley Baptist. Danley’s unique designs control frequencies that are octaves lower than conventional boxes can manage, which allowed us to concentrate the sound on the seating...."

—Bobby Taylor, Vice President of Business Development, All Pro Sound, Pensacola, FL

“Pattern control was key at Manley Baptist,” agrees Bobby Taylor, vice president of business development at All Pro Sound. “Danley’s unique designs control frequencies that are octaves lower than conventional boxes can manage, which allowed us to concentrate the sound on the seating while minimizing intelligibility-killing reflections from the walls and ceiling.”

The final design employs five of Danley’s flagship SH-50 loudspeakers for main left, center, and right coverage. Three smaller Danley SH-95s provide downfill, and six more Danley SH-95s cover Manley’s upper balcony. Two Danley SM-60s serve as choir monitors. For low-end support, All Pro Sound used a carefully balanced combination of two Danley TH-115 subwoofers located below the stage and two Danley DBH-218 subwoofers flown above the stage with the main loudspeakers.


“The sound at Manley Baptist is fantastic and put them right where they wanted to be,” Giles reports. “Manley’s contemporary services have all of the impact you would expect from a high-quality concert – exactly what they were hoping for – and we managed it for a fraction of the cost of a line array.”

Manley Baptist Church exterior.




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All Pro Sound


Danley Sound Labs



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