What to Do When Your Aging Church Sound Systems Fail
published onJanuary 7, 2016

As the sound and video systems in your church approach a certain age, it’s bound to happen. Your congregation won’t be able to hear the sermon one Sunday morning. Because the audio quality will diminish over time, your regular parishioners may adapt. It might get really bad before your worshippers even notice enough to say anything. But that day will come. Even if you take care of your system with proper power sequencing and protection, you make sure your rack components are properly cooled, and you never push the system too hard, it will happen.

It might happen on a morning or evening when you see a lot of visitors who don’t normally attend services, such as Christmas. Or it could happen all of a sudden, where the aging system just dies. Once you’re done asking forgiveness for uttering those words you shouldn’t say in church, you might ask: “How long can we just go on with no one hearing us?”

The answer is: Not long at all.

Once you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you need to repair or replace the systems, you’re going to have a lot of questions, including which components can be re-used, and how much you’ll need to spend on new church AV systems.

An audio visual systems specialist is the only person who will be able to answer your questions in a way that will serve your church. Your choir leader’s brother’s friend, who is an audiophile with an amazing two-channel audio system in his basement probably does not know how to design and install a church sound system. And neither does your Sunday school teacher’s boyfriend, who sells car stereos at Best Buy.

I think you know what we’re getting at. You wouldn’t ask the guy at the deli to deliver your Sunday sermon. Why would you trust anyone other than an audiovisual integrator who specializes in house-of-worship technology to install this crucial equipment that ensures your worshippers hear your Message every week?

But How Much Does Good Church Sound Cost?

Cost is always a big factor for houses of worship concerned about being good stewards of their worshippers’ donations. The mega-churches you often read about in magazines sometimes have audio visual systems costing upwards of $100,000. But that number isn’t representative of most church’s budgets – or, fortunately, their needs.

We’ll ask you about your budget – not so we can spend every penny you have available, but so that we can get you the most value for your money. If we can repair or re-use components, we will. We’ll discuss how you use your systems, and in what ways your previous systems met—and didn’t meet—your needs, so we can design systems that aren’t just a replacement for your old audio systems, but an improvement that your worshippers will hear.

Custom Designed Sound Systems For Your Church

We may attend a few services so we can get to know you better. It’s this personalized approach that sets us apart in Staten Island and across the Tri-state area for church sound system design and installation.

As we begin to hone in on your audio needs, we might bring in sample systems – or tour area churches with you – so you can hear the difference various components will make in your church. It’s important to remember that every building is different, but demos can give you an idea of the difference in quality a few dollars will make when it comes to different priced systems. Then it’s up to you to decide if the quality justifies the added cost.

We won’t sell you more sound than you need, because we don’t want to waste your money. By the same token, we don’t want to put in an audio system that doesn’t provide the coverage you need. It’s finding that system that provides great sound, with room to grow, that requires the knowledge and expertise of a pro.

Into the Future with Better Sound

No one likes when unexpectedly expenses pop up, and a dying sound system is typically not something churches plan for. But when it happens, it’s important to view it not as a drain on your resources, but an opportunity to give your members a better worship experience with the crystal clear sound and even coverage that comes from today’s advanced audio technology.