South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, TN recently expanded its campus, adding a 1,000-seat worship sanctuary, with Centerline AV (Henderson, TN) designing and installing a house sound reinforcement system centered on a stereo pair of Danley Sound Labs J1-94 Jericho Horns.
“South Haven Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church that holds services that are more on the traditional end of the spectrum,” explains Scott Oliver, Centerline AV principal. “Where other Baptist churches would have a praise band, they have a full orchestra, a choir, and a grand piano. Their new sanctuary is a big improvement over the gym that they had been using. The room is a rectangle that is wider than it is deep. Of course, there’s always an element of geometrical challenge when you try to put a speaker – which emits sound as a cone – in a rectangular room, but Danley’s excellent pattern control makes it a lot easier.”
Weighing in at 720 pounds and with a height of five feet and a width of nearly four feet, each J1-94 Jericho Horn has a stated SPL of 148 dB continuous. In addition, Oliver repurposed two Danley SH50s from the gym on the campus to serve as out fills and two Danley SH95s from the gym to serve as choir monitors. Two SH50s remain in the gym, and Centerline AV technicians moved them to help optimize their performance given the loss of the other elements to the new sanctuary. Two Danley DSPs condition the loudspeakers, which are powered by Crest Pro-LITE amplifiers.
“A lot of people think of Danley Jericho Horns as rock and roll boxes, but you should hear them with an orchestra and choir,” Oliver notes. “It’s wonderful. And, of course, the system has headroom for days.” Jason Royalty, director of music and communications at South Haven, adds, “We love the new system. It sounds phenomenal. We weren’t sure about the size, but the visual impact is minor and much less than it would have been with line arrays. We have perfectly consistent sound from wall to wall and from front to back. The frequency range is astounding, and we don’t need subwoofers at all. It’s really like mixing on giant studio reference monitors.”