First Baptist Fellowship Hall Upgrades To Tannoy VLS Loudspeakers

"They now have the musicality and clarity they needed in the space"

Ontario, Canada (October 2013) - The Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church in Chatsworth, Georgia recently underwent a complete remodel that included the installation of new Tannoy VLS passive column loudspeakers.


The Fellowship Hall is rectangular space with stained glass windows, hard surface flooring and a dropped ceiling with LED lighting. The room is used by the church for educational purposes, lectures, movies and community civic gatherings as well as over-flow from services.

The church leaders at First Baptist contacted Bradford AV in nearby Dalton, Georgia, to design and install a new sound reinforcement system for the room.

"They were originally using recessed ceiling speakers which distributed the sound but lacked the musicality they wanted," explains Tom Wiley, partner at Bradford AV. "We have had such terrific success with the Tannoy VLS loudspeakers that I was sure they would be ideal for this situation, too. I convinced the church leaders to listen to a demo and they were sold after the second song."

Wiley specified two VLS 15 column loudspeakers positioned to the left and right of wall space utilized for projection purposes located in the center of one of the longer walls.

"We used the pan and tilt bracket provided with the loudspeakers," adds Mark Jones, principle at Bradford AV. "It was probably one of the easier installs I have done - the bracket is extremely flexible."

The VLS loudspeakers are the first to incorporate FAST - Focused Asymmetrical Shaping Technology - which produces an asymmetrical vertical dispersion that gently shapes the acoustic coverage toward the lower quadrant of the vertical axis. It is designed for applications that require focused audio placement from a passive system.

The VLS 15 is loaded with a complement of seven 3.5-inch (89 mm) LF transducers mounted in vertical array with an assembly of eight densely spaced 1-inch (25 mm) HF transducers mounted co-axially over a section of the LF.

The Bradford AV team utilized some pre-existing gear within the system - Crown Audio amplifiers power the new system and an analog Behringer mixer allows use of a variety of source materials with the new system.

"They now have the musicality and clarity they needed in the space," concludes Jones. "More important? The church community is absolutely thrilled with the new audio system."

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