Ashly Amps Augment St Pius

Rochester, MN (March 31, 2010)—Burnsville, MN-based Intermedia Systems Group (ISG) recently replaced a 1970s-era sound system at St. Pius X Church with a thoroughly modern one that includes EAW and RCF louspeakers, BiAmp Nexia DSP and Ashly NE-Series amplifiers.
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Rochester, MN (March 31, 2010)—Burnsville, MN-based Intermedia Systems Group (ISG) recently replaced a 1970s-era sound system at St. Pius X Church with a thoroughly modern one that includes EAW and RCF louspeakers, BiAmp Nexia DSP and Ashly NE-Series amplifiers.

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Josh Jagdfeld, ISG vice president, worked closely with principal architect Carter Hord of Hord Architects (Memphis, TN), parish administrator Denise DeRienzo, and director of liturgy Katie Stinson to design and install an A/V system for the newly-renovated church, complete with touchscreen control and backing by “Intermedia Remote Support.” The whole system can be accessed and adjusted remotely, providing St. Pius X a level of service that has only recently become possible.

The church is roughly split into four main seating areas, and Jagdfeld arranged four EAW co-axial speaker cabinets to cover them seamlessly. RCF loudspeakers provide delay coverage for the balcony and cry rooms, and BIAMP Nexia DSP provides intelligent control of the system. For example, if the church is hosting a smaller event, unused zones may be muted so as not to unnecessarily excite the acoustics of the room. Four new Audio-Technica 4000-series wireless microphone systems are also on-hand.

Two Ashly ne1600 two-channel amps provide 400 W of power per channel to each of the four main EAW speakers. One Ashly ne4250 four-channel amp provides 150 W of power per channel to the RCF delays. Said Jagdfeld, “There is no other comparably-priced amp out there that hooks up so easily to a network. That’s a big part of what we provide to our clients; remote access is essential. If something breaks or something is misconfigured, we want to be calling the church with a fix before they even know there’s a problem. The Ashly NE-Series amps are a key part of that service. We pride ourselves on avoiding ‘cookie-cutter’ designs. Everything we do is very intentional, and as a result we are very choosy about selecting specific equipment for particular applications. If it doesn’t fit, we look elsewhere. That said, the Ashly amps have proven to be so flexible and reliable that they find their way into almost every job.”

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