Hebei, China - The Ludezhuang Catholic Church in Hebei province, China, recently installed a new outdoor One Systems Direct Weather loudspeaker system to reinforce the indoor sound system used during the annual pilgrimage to the church.
Thousands of Catholics from nearby districts come every year to take part in the pilgrimage. Because the crowd exceeds the capacity of the sanctuary, the overflow stands in the square in the front of the church.
Several months ago, the church committee recognized that their outdoor sound system was old and needed to be replaced. They consulted a professional audio engineering company and decided to replace the outdoor system with a new distributed design that would provide the coverage and quality they were looking for.
"The church required loudspeakers that are intelligible, offered sonic clarity and capable of withstanding the weather and durable enough to last for many years without concern," explains Li, general manager of Muse Audio. "We have used One Systems loudspeakers for many outdoor projects in China. It is the ideal solution for the church."
After meeting with the church committee and discussing their needs, Muse Audio recommended a distributed system made up of 10 One Systems 112/HTH loudspeakers. Eight of them are mounted in pairs to four lighting poles, positioned to cover the church's square. Two more 112/HTHs were added to two of the poles, placed to provide coverage to the lanes outside of the square.
The 112/HTH features a 12-inch two-way design that provides high-level acoustic radiation and extended low frequency response from a compact-sized enclosure. The direct weather loudspeaker features a large-format compression driver and high-order filtering that provides superb intelligibility, extended bandwidth and superior system dynamics.
To combat the ill effects of the weather, the 112/HTH utilizes 316-grade stainless steel (marine-grade) for all structural and rigging points. All associated One Systems rigging accessories are also made of 316-grade stainless steel. All metal components that are not structural feature a newly-developed marine-grade powder coat over 304-grade stainless steel. This allows the 112/HTH to be used for ocean front and cruise ship applications, as well as in general direct weather installations.
Li concludes, "The loudspeakers offer exceptional vocal intelligibility and amazing sound quality - when the church plays music or makes a speech - everyone can hear the sound and voice clearly. The church committee is pleased with the end result. They have a system that will reinforce the pilgrimage for years to come."