Florida Church Adds AVL Gear to Reconfigured Assembly Space

Church project install includes a new Yamaha console, three Crown amplifiers, Community speakers, a pair of Optoma projectors and Blizzard lighting.

Florida Church Adds AVL Gear to Reconfigured Assembly Space
A view from the Yamaha TF3 audio mixing console during a recent adult service in the recently expanded room with audio, visual and lighting additions at Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Florida Church Adds AVL Gear to Reconfigured Assembly Space

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Having just last year made a series of improvements to its main sanctuary, Christian Family Chapel moved ahead to expand a space dedicated to weekly youth group meetings and an adult service.

The project was completed a week prior to Easter.

What had previously been a 100-foot assembly space was reconfigured with the removal of a wall. That resulted in a “much larger space. We now can get about 225 people into it,” noted Ben Salzmann, the church’s Director of AVL Technology.

”(The high school students) had been getting hand-me-downs, and the sound system has been the biggest improvement to them.”

The project, though, involved much more than just expanding the room. The church also installed a new Yamaha console, three Crown amplifiers, Community speakers, a pair of Optoma projectors and Blizzard lighting as part of an expansive AVL install. The work was completed in a week and a half, by AVL integrator Stellar Audio Visual, also based in Jacksonville.

The timeline was so tight, that Salzmann noted it was completed “the day before the first event was held there.”

For the church of about 2,000 members, this latest project with Stellar Audio Visual offered “a unique challenge. The ceilings are only 10 feet tall, and the room is deeper than wide,” explained Salzmann. “Hanging the projectors also had some sight line issues, along with the stage being only eight inches tall.” In addition, there were side projection screens and a Vizio 43-inch Smart TV about halfway back, but each of those sight line issues was resolved in the end.

The space’s configuration, according to Rod Thomas, owner of Stellar Audio Visual, was the project’s most challenging aspect.

“The biggest part was on the visual side, keeping everything clear, and out of sight lines,” he added.

Finding the best matches for church’s expanded room

The two projectors that were installed were Optoma EH416 lamp-based 1080p projectors, each rated at 4,200 lumens. While having had experience with other manufacturers’ projectors, Salzmann noted largely seeking a model that offered a “good cost-to-performance” rating. Taking the recommendation of Thomas, the Optoma projector was seen as fitting that bill.

“We have been impressed with how they have performed,” added Salzmann.

In arriving at the best models for the space, no A/B testing was done. To Thomas, though, he said, “Having done similar setups in rooms of that size” made the selection process uncomplicated. Salzmann added, “With how budget-minded this project was, it was a mix of (manufacturers) that I have had experience with and what (Thomas) had for recommendations.”


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