|Audio Plus Selects JBL Loudspeakers For Even, Controlled Sound Throughout The Community
NORTHRIDGE, California – After a thorough investigation of the layout and worship services at Community
Pentecostal Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, A/V design company Audio Plus Sound Solutions Inc.
upgraded the church’s audio system with JBL loudspeakers, chosen for their ability to deliver solid clarity and
strong acoustic gain. Electing to install three clusters of PD series loudspeakers, Audio Plus was able to cover
an additional 20 percent of the seating area for the 1,000-person congregation, providing the church with a
sound system that was both versatile and extremely powerful.
Before the Community Pentecostal Church hired Audio Plus for the upgrade, its system was falling apart,
according to System Engineer Brian Davis. The original component JBL loudspeaker system was still operating
but it didn’t cover the entire audience or offer reasonable intelligibility because of design oversights, and the
concrete at the center of the room made implementing new communication technology very difficult. What’s
more, the older acoustic repairs didn’t leave the room performing well enough for good speech intelligibility or
For the first step of the renovation, Audio Plus measured the church with both SIA Acoustic Tools and had
David Yake of Yake Engineering Systems measure with TEF programs to find out what acoustical engineering
was necessary, and also interviewed the administration to find out the exact purpose and requirements of the
system. They found that the primary focus was speech intelligibility, but there was also a need for music clarity
“We took the time to break everything down and figure out what the need was for gain control, how the system
was going to be used, and who was going to use it,” Davis said. “We felt confident using the Harman products
because it gave the church the ability to host any event with confidence and also gave them tremendous ease
Upgrading the system meant a complete revamp of the entire layout: the speakers, the amplifiers, even the
acoustic design. Audio Plus installed three clusters of PD series loudspeakers--each consisting of a PD5212/95
over a PD5200/95--and a small pie-shaped area in the middle using PD5212/43 and PD5212/64. The main
loudspeaker system was completed with the installation of the JBL ASB6128V subwoofer. Additional Harman
Products include Crown CTs and XTi amplifiers, BSS London
BLU-16 processors, and JBL MRX512M floor monitors.
“We’ve used the PD series before in other hostile acoustic
environments because of its control,” Davis said. “It has wonderful
horizontal and vertical control, and the fidelity and non-aggressive
horn make it a pleasant loudspeaker that can handle anything you
Audio Plus was founded in 1992 in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada.
Located in the heart of Ontario, the company’s main work was live
sound production for Christian events such as Women Aglow,
regional Promise Keeper conferences, concerts, and other
evangelical outreaches. In 1996, the company started focusing on
permanent sound system installations, a natural extension to live
church audio needs. Since then, Audio Plus has successfully
designed and installed sound, video and acoustic systems in churches across Ontario, Western Quebec and in
New York State. When necessary, acoustical design principles were used to solve existing acoustical problems.
The company has provided stage sound, and video and lighting productions for both the National Convention
and Fellowship Baptist annual business meetings.
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