Ashly Audio installed at Church of the Savior
WORLD: Pro Sound & Lights recently installed an eight-channel Ashly Audio ne8250.pe amplifier with optional onboard Protea DSP processing into the Church of the Savior mid-size worship centre in Kentucky, US.
In order to support increased programming, the church raised funds to build an annex comprised of three high-tech classrooms anchored by an equally high-tech foyer area.
Pro Sound & Lights designed the A/V system for the new space, but requests from the church’s liaison for additional processing and amplifier channels meant that there were a few last minute changes to the audio design. The company’s systems engineer Chris Naughton reports that he accommodated the requested additions without going over budget by selecting the ne8250.pe amplifier.
‘All three rooms can be combined into one larger room, with all of the technology routed appropriately,’ explained Mr Naughton. ‘Moreover, the foyer area – which will have a little coffee house – can be used as a fourth classroom, so we included all of the A/V infrastructure there as well.’
Mr Naughton reports that he had already ordered a processor and amplifier when he received a call from Dave Grosz, a media engineer for the media communications department at Asbury University and a member of Church of the Savior. ‘Dave knows his stuff,’ he said. ‘He’s behind one of the leading telecommunications programmes in the country. He felt that the new classrooms would be better served with JBL Control series full-range loudspeakers paired with JBL Control series subwoofers.’
At first, Mr Naughton planned to order a second four-channel amplifier to power the subwoofers, configured one per zone. But when revising the layout he realised that the processor on order had only six outputs, when he needed eight to do the crossovers. ‘That’s when I began to panic,’ he laughed. ‘Contracts were signed and money was very tight, and so I needed to find a solution that would not only work, but that would work for not a lot more money than we had already committed to.’
Mr Naughton quickly decided that the Ashly ne8250.pe was the most cost-effective solution available, and it meant that he could keep the original processor – which was linked to the Extron control system to which the church had already agreed. Only four of its outputs, one per zone, would feed the Ashly ne8250.pe, which would supply the necessary crossover processing, along with modest delay and equalisation.
‘No other manufacturer has a quality solution that is as affordable as the Ashly ne8250.pe,’ he said. ‘Despite the inclusion of the processing power, the ne8250.pe was still less expensive than two of the original four-channel amplifiers, which had no processing at all. In addition, Ashly’s shipping time was phenomenal. I received the unit two or three days after I ordered it. That gave me enough time to have the two original amplifiers rerouted back to the manufacturer.’