House of Worship AV Installations: 5 Things to Keep in Mind
Elevate the Worship Experience with High-Quality AV
If you’re considering giving your house of worship an AV upgrade, or perhaps preparing for installing a system in a new building, there are a few things you should know. The first thing is that the quality of the AV setup can make a big impact on the quality of the worship experience, so it’s important to make sure you’re doing it right the first time. We’ve been doing professional audio video installations throughout the Tampa, Florida area since 1995, and in that time we’ve learned a thing or two. Keep reading to learn the key to making your house of worship’s AV system perform well and reliably for years to come.
1. Don’t Skimp on Equipment Quality
The projectors, microphones, screens, speakers, etc. that make up your audio video installation should be able to work reliably for years to come, and in order to ensure that happens, it’s best to choose reputable brands. Not sure which brands to trust for your equipment? Ask your AV installer. They’ll be able to recommend the best brands for your budget and specific needs.
2. Plan the System around Your Congregation’s Needs
One of the biggest factors that will impact the type of audio video installation you’ll need is what you plan on doing with it. For informal sermons and intimate music sessions in a small auditorium, an over-the-top AV system won’t be the right fit. If you’re planning on having hymn lyrics up on the screen or speaker notes during a sermon and you have a large auditorium, then it makes sense to have large, easy-to-see screens to accommodate everyone. Weddings, teaching sessions, choir performances…think about all the ways you’ll likely use the AV system, and then your AV installer will be able to design a system that’s a perfect fit.
3. Don’t Forget the Room’s Acoustics
Room acoustics are often overlooked when installing AV equipment, and it’s a facet that can really hamper the performance of the overall installation. Speakers that sound amazing in one room could sound echoey and hollow in another, especially if your house of worship has a lot of hard surfaces. During the system design phase, your AV installer should assess the space for the installation in order to see if acoustic panels will be needed. Acoustic panels are sound treatments that install on the walls in order to absorb sound waves. If you’re concerned about aesthetics in the space, don’t worry. A lot of sound panels are designed to look like artwork or blend into the room’s overall décor.
4. Cluttered Equipment and Cords are a Bad Idea
It goes without saying that having cords running across the stage, connecting to microphones, speakers and amplifiers is probably not a good idea. Not only is it a safety hazard, but it also distracts from the overall ambiance you want to project with your house of worship. Cable management and uncluttered, clean design are what sets a professional installation company above subpar contractors.
5. A Hard-to-Use System is a System that Won’t be Used
You shouldn’t have to struggle to get your projector, screen, or sound equipment to work properly. It’s your AV installer’s job to ensure that the system runs smoothly and can be operated easily by anyone. If the person running your sound system is sick during the normal worship time, you shouldn’t have to cancel everything. Instead, it’s definitely possible to have a system that has everything start up (including lights, speakers, projector, etc.) at the push of a button.
Here at AV Specialists, we take pride in designing and installing AV systems that are top quality and incredibly easy to use. If you would like to learn more about our services, we encourage you to call us at (727) 441-9292 or fill out this questionnaire for a personalized consultation.