Christ’s Church of Winterville, North Carolina embraces a contemporary style of
worship to present their message in a compelling and engaging manner.
Consequently, audio visual upgrades were a major part of the extensive renovation
project that has transformed their worship centre. After years of replacing AV
system components as necessary through a “band-aid approach,” the Church
entrusted Auburn AV CEO/co-founder John Crawford to design and install a
comprehensive sound, video and lighting system from the ground up for their
renovated worship centre.

The rectangular room’s concrete walls and metal-skinned roof presented significant
acoustical challenges. Additionally, the new sound system needed to provide even
coverage and high fidelity for both music reproduction and voice intelligibility

In scoping and designing the sound system for the worship centre renovation,
Crawford focused on directivity and fidelity. Fulcrum CX Series 2-way loudspeakers
with powerful single-neodymium-magnet coaxial transducers serve as mains – with
left and right CX1595s (90° x 45°), and a CX1526 (120° x 60°) and CX896 (90° x
60°) on centre.

“To provide low frequency support while directing energy off the stage, we flew a
pair of Fulcrum US221-2 dual 21 inch subwoofers in an active cardioid array above
the proscenium. The sub array is an excellent match for the coverage and output
level of the mains,” explains Crawford. “We also redesigned the side walls with
angles to eliminate parallel reflections, and we installed acoustic panelling to the
rear and to select areas of the side walls. This let us create a balance between life
in the room for acoustic sources and the sound quality of the speaker system.”

“Our old downward-firing, ceiling-mounted speaker cluster would blast the centre of
the room while leaving quiet corners to which some of our older members
gravitated,” recalls Christ’s Church Worship Minister Jordan Clark. “Now, sound
levels are consistent throughout the room with no hot spots to avoid. We are
extremely happy with our new sound system and have heard nothing but positive
feedback from our congregation on its benefit to our services.”