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JBL & Crown Team Up To Provide Sound Reinforcement At New Zealand Church

New worship sanctuary of Tauranga Elim Church covered by JBL column loudspeakers driven by Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD (with OMNIDRIVEHD) and CDi 4|300 amplifiers.
Crown-driven JBL column loudspeakers flying left and right in the new worship sanctuary at Tauranga Elim Church.

The new worship sanctuary of Tauranga Elim Church in (Tauranga) New Zealand has been outfitted with a sound reinforcement system with HARMAN Professional components that include JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplification.

The church’s new location is much larger than the previous building, with the auditorium able to accommodate 550 people. “As a church, we were blessed to have the opportunity to develop the shell of an industrial building into an awesome place of worship that speaks to the flavor and character of our people,” says Sean Verwey, audio/visual coordinator at Tauranga Elim. “For the audio system in our auditorium, our requirements were simple; we wanted a system that sounded great, was punchy yet smooth through the dynamic range of a service, suited our style of music, covered the wide space evenly and overcame the challenging acoustics of the venue.”

After experimenting with various loudspeakers from different manufacturers, Tauranga Elim outfitted the auditorium with two JBL CBT1000 column loudspeakers supplied through Sound and Vision Connection. Custom-flown in a left-right configuration, the CBT1000s are outfitted with proprietary Constant Beamwidth Technology, designed to provide adjustable vertical coverage and a tapered horizontal waveguide intended to deliver consistent sound across the auditorium. A JBL CBT 70J-1 column loudspeaker was added to provide audio to the auditorium’s mezzanine level.

The system also includes a JBL VT4883 compact dual 12-inch subwoofer that is used as a flown low-mid extension and a VTX G28 dual 18-inch ground subwoofer providing a solid low-end for the contemporary worship services. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and CDi 4|300 amplifiers drive all loudspeakers, OMNIDRIVEHD processing enhancing performance on the iTech 4x3500HD.

“As a church, we are very pleased with the result. We heard some great systems, but we felt what HARMAN and JBL Professional offered met our requirements perfectly,” Verwey concludes. “The JBL CBT1000 loudspeakers provide more than enough grunt for youth services and special events, yet is easy to mix during a regular Sunday service, it simply sounds amazing.”

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