Originally Posted by johnson636
I've been asked by my Church to upgrade the audio equipment.
If you want to address a more relevant group with this question, you might want to try the PSW church sound web site:http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php#c5
Currently we utilize 2 channel listening and that will remain.
For doing live sound, 2 channel operation is often a disadvantage. The top priority is that everybody hears everything well, not some kind of a stereo imaging thing. In fact conveying a stereo image in a very large room is at best shall we say difficult and low on reward. When more than one channel is used in this context, it is not unusual to cut stereo separation down to 6 dB or less.
We have a crippled Yamaha MG16/6FX mixer,
The MG16 were it in good shape is not an uncommon piece of equipment. Unless it is is warranty, it is probably uneconomical to repair. It was under $600 new, and it will probably cost more than $100 to get someone skilled to even look at it.
Crown XLS 402 (discontinued), Tascam cc-222 MK II disc player/recorder,
Potentially very good stuff, often worth repairing if broken, and it if works, why mess with it?
and two Yamaha speakers.
That could mean anything from totally inadequate to more than what you need. Model numbers?
Also, to make reasonable comments we need to have a sketch of the room including were people sit and where they lead worship from. We need to know the style of worship, the current and anticipated activities, musicans, talkers, etc.
I have enough knowledge and know how to replace the speakers and amp,
With all due respect, maybe. Depending on the situation, professional assistance at the very least may be required. In live sound, flying speakers is often a very good thing to do, and if you fly speakers in a public meeting place you need a mechanical design that is approved by a professional engineer, and you may need to hire a rigger to do the actual emplacement. Getting the right speakers in the right places is huge critical success factor.
but I absolutely have no knowledge of mixers and player/recorders.
You've got a good player/recorder so if you tell how you want to use it, that might be easy.
The mixer is broken, but to figure out the specs for a new one we need answers to the questions, above.
I would like to be able to play and record to an external HDD if at all possible.
You mean a computer? These days actual live recording is often done to flash memory, even if a computer is being used. There are a ton of good digital recorders that are based on flash drives, either internal or SDHC cards or USB flash drives and this is a very economical and convenient thing to do.
I've asked for a budget and was told to just build a system? I want to be able to present a nice system at a reasonable budget. Will you guy provide a little help?
Hope the comments above help! ;-)