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Quality not quantity at Pensacola Christian College

Quality not quantity at Pensacola Christian College

Quality not quantity at Pensacola Christian College


The Crowne Centre of Pensacola Christian College has become the recipient of a small number of Danley products to replace a much larger number of speakers, subwoofers and amps that were failing due to their age. The college’s students gather in the nearly 6,000-seat centre for events and concerts, as well as for church services on Sunday mornings, and on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Sunday morning services are recorded and broadcast as “Rejoice in the Lord” on the Daystar Television Network. Local AV integration firm All Pro Integrated Systems recently replaced the 20-year-old audio system in the Crowne Centre with Danely Jericho Horns, TH118XL subwoofers and DNA-series amplifiers with on-board DSP and optional Dante connectivity.

“We put the original sound system in the Crowne Centre when the building was new almost 20 years ago,” explained Scott Vegte, director of sales operations at All Pro Integrated Systems. “It performed well for technology of the time but it had passed its sunset age. Components were failing and the manufacturer was no longer making replacements. We started talking about upgrading in 2018 and moved into planning in 2019. Because the Crowne Centre gets used almost daily, we knew we would have a short window to do the actual installation.”

Chris Wickizer, systems designer with All Pro Integrated Systems, worked within the framework of the existing system to minimise the installation time, including the preservation of fabric-wrapped speaker enclosures that retain the visual aesthetic of the previous system. The new main system replaces 50 loudspeaker components with just eight Danley J7-95 Jericho Horns and a pair of SH46s for side fills. The Jericho Horns are arranged in four hangs of two boxes each – one for the main floor and one for the balcony. Four TH118XL subwoofers hang from a centre scrim. Although the eight Jericho Horns cover the vast majority of seats, 54 distributed SH95 loudspeakers replace the speakers in the under-balcony area. In addition, eight Danley SHmini loudspeakers fire from the lip of the convertible stage for front fill as needed.

On top of the sharp reduction in loudspeakers, All Pro replaced 66 old amplifiers with just 13 DNA-series multichannel amplifiers, seven four-channel DNA 20k4 Pro models, five eight-channel DNA 10k8 Pro models and one eight-channel DNA 3k8 Pro model. Together, the 13 amplifiers provide 76 amplifier channels and nearly 200,000W of power. All of the Danley amplifiers use on-board DSP for modest loudspeaker and subwoofer conditioning, and all include optional Dante inputs for simplicity and fewer conversions. As part of the installation, All Pro also upgraded the Crowne Centre FOH and broadcast consoles from Studer Vista 9 to Studer Vista X.

“The new Danley system is remarkably better than our old system,” said Greg Moses, TV and DVD production director at Pensacola Christian College. “Everyone who has heard it says that the sound seems to be coming from right in front of you. With Danley, we have far fewer loudspeakers and amplifiers to maintain. The coverage is perfectly even from front to back and from side to side. There are no dead spots or hot spots, no dips or lags. Even though I know exactly where the transition points are, I can barely detect them.”

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