Dublin-based Sound Productions recently designed, supplied and commissioned a new JBL beam steering public address system for St. Agnes Catholic Church in the Parish of Crumlin.

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Having installed the previous PA system around a decade ago, the new sound solution was specified as part of a complete church renovation project.  According to Sound Productions’ Senior Project Manager, Peadar Carley, the aim of the new system was to maintain and improve intelligibility using a more architecturally discreet solution.

“The renovation included the installation of new hard wood flooring which was previously carpeted — and with no absorbing surfaces, this meant that the RT would increase to 3-5 seconds. Therefore we needed a speaker system that would provide precise beam steering,” he said.

He turned to a pair of JBL Intellivox-DS280s, distributed in the UK and Eire by Sound Technology Ltd.  Capable of providing a constant sound pressure level over a distance of up to 35 m, the 16, custom designed, 4” loudspeakers are driven by an 8-channel Class-D amplifier, powered by a sophisticated switched mode power supply.