House of Worship Installation at Hermitage Hills

The Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, in Hermitage, Tennessee, had a problem that many houses of worship face: they knew they needed a new sound system to accommodate their transition to a more contemporary worship style, but most of the proposed solutions involved a center cluster with left and right array hangs.

Georgia-based firm Diversified came in and offered the solution: a RoomMatch system from Bose Professional.

“We needed a sound system solution that would work with the room as it was, and deliver great sound to every seat in the room — that’s where we had to start from,” explains Chris Orr, the church’s Worship Pastor since early 2014.

Orr notes, “It was painfully obvious that the existing sound system wasn’t working for the room, and when we set out to look for a new one, most of the solutions vendors were offering might have caused new issues,” including impinging on sightlines for the three projectors in the church’s 1,600-seat worship space.

Hermitage HillsDiversified came back with a simple design that would cover the worship space completely using only left and right arrays. The system design, based on extensive room modeling using Bose Modeler software, called for each hang to consist of five RoomMatch array loudspeakers. The entire system is powered by three Bose PowerMatch PM8500N networked amplifiers.

Scott Clark, audio design engineer at Diversified, says Modeler is used on every Bose system installation he does.

“In this case, Modeler really helped by giving us the correct balance of high-Q and low-Q speaker modules to let us achieve even, consistent coverage throughout the entire room.” He continues, “For instance, these particular models let us deliver less energy directly to the seats closest to the arrays, which means we don’t have to gain-shade the array, eliminating the other negative effects that can come with gain-shading. And you’ll see that there are no delay speakers for the balcony — the entire balcony gets wonderful stereo from just the two arrays.”

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