As the Dayspring Community Church began the process of looking for a sound system for their new 600-seat worship space in Auburn, Indiana, they at least thought they knew what they didn’t want.
“They were a bit skeptical that Bose, which they knew to be a great maker of consumer products, could take on and beat the big names in sound systems,” recalls Andrew Van Veld, president and owner of Fort Wayne-based firm Circle City Audio.
Van Veld and his team took over the job from another firm and ended up designing and installing the audio-video and lighting systems for the new church.
“But after we did a live A/B comparison of Bose RoomMatch with another system, then recreated the actual room in Bose Modeler software, they were convinced — this was the sound system for them,” he explains.
In the wake of those persuasive demonstrations, Circle City Audio designed and installed a sound system for Dayspring Community Church consisting of two RM9020 loudspeaker modules, two RM12040 loudspeaker modules, and two RMS215 subwoofers, all powered by three Bose PowerMatch PM8500N power amplifiers and managed with the Bose ControlSpace ESP-00 engineered sound processor.
Van Veld stated, “During the live demo, the church’s business manager played guitar, the worship pastor played drums and I played bass, so we could all experience what the RoomMatch system would sound like in that environment. When they heard it that way, they were sold. They loved it.”
The RoomMatch system is able to precisely control sound in even the most difficult reverberant spaces via the product line’s 42 highly specific dispersion pattern choices. By being an effective solution within the project’s budget (in this case it also eliminated the need for and cost of acoustical treatment materials on the church’s walls), it was easy for the church’s leaders to make their decision.
“What I also like about the Bose technology, in general, is the fact that they don’t exaggerate their specifications,” Van Veld adds. “As a result, the outcomes we predict using the Modeler software are exactly what we get, or even a bit better than predicted. Customers react very positively to that kind of accuracy. They want to know what they’re going to get.”