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Christian City Church Opts for Adamson

May 4, 2006 8:00 AM


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Australia-based Christian City Church upgraded its sound system with Adamson SpekTrix true line source arrays for even coverage of its auditorium.

Christian City Church, located in Oxford Falls, NSW, Australia, has permanently installed Adamson SpekTrix true line source arrays after SpekTrix was the clear winner among its competitors in a system shootout.

The church, founded in 1980, had grown out of its sound system, which was installed nearly 10 years ago, and desperately needed an upgrade. With a seating capacity of 2,000 and a membership of more than 6,000, it is one of the largest operating churches in Australia.

Christian City Church hired Auditoria Pty Ltd’s consultant Scott Willsallen, sound designer for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, to design the room. Willsallen had visited Adamson’s headquarters in the fall of 2005 to familiarize himself with the products and arranged a shootout with the aid of Frank Hinton of ATT Audio Controls, based in Melbourne. Adamson’s managing director, Jesse Adamson, flew to the shootout in Sydney where he was joined by Christopher D. Ling, an engineer in the church’s technical department.

The installation used 20 Adamson SpekTrix 5-degree cabinets flown with four 15-degree SpekTrix Wave boxes as down fills in four arched arrays and two SpekTrix subs flown in the center of the stage.

The successful shootout resulted in Christian City Church deciding on a SpekTrix installation and ATT Audio Controls taking on Adamson’s Australasian distribution.

Willsallen chose 20 Adamson SpekTrix 5-degree cabinets flown with four 15-degree SpekTrix Wave boxes as down fills in four arched arrays and two SpekTrix subs flown in the center of the stage, with six additional SpekTrix subs placed around the 180-degree circular stage to smoothly cover the auditorium.

Ling admits: “The Adamson SpekTrix system impressed me from the shootout on, mostly due to the great amplification on speaking voice, and the size of the system [which] was impressive in regards to the coverage that it outputs. “

All speakers are powered by Lab.gruppen fP6400, 3400, and 2600 amplifiers. For Ling, a Yamaha PM1D mixing console was purchased. He says, “It is the first system we have had in that room that is loud, yet doesn't make the congregation uncomfortable. It’s made a massive improvement on the even spread of sound, and given that we are expanding our auditorium later this year, we now have a system that’s ready for that too!”

Church Music Director Ryan Smith adds, "It has also delivered the glassy yet warm sound we always wanted."



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