A few pages back we were talking about the V36XX series and it's capabilities. I didn't go into details about the new home for my V3601's before but I will now. Believe it or not they went to my church. I was talking to my friend who is the worship minister and we started talking about how terrible the music sounds... and it's not the worship bands fault, its the speakers. The band plays contemporary worship music with drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, and piano so it can rock pretty good. But there was never any decent bass because the speakers were pulling double duty and what bass there was was muffled and muddy. So things sounded bad and thus the plan was hatched to see if the V3601's could help.
Most of you are probably imagining a conventional church with a steeple and all that. Not this church. This church is actually a large dome building with a ceiling 39 feet high at its peak (that's the radius) so I guess the width is close to 80 feet (the diameter). The room is massive. I've included a few pictures so you can visualize it. Just imagine all the reflections and echos that room must have.
Believe it or not I was never worried about the V3601's being powerful enough to at least give us some decent bass (anything was better than what we had) but I was really worried about it being uneven and spotty and possibly really boomy. I mean let's be real, it's hard enough situating subs in a small room how do you do it in a huge dome? But when we tried them out they actually sounded really good so we decided to go ahead and move them to the church. And as they've been dialed in over the last month they have gotten to the point of sounding incredible. The subs have no problem filling the sanctuary and for the first time the music in the church sounds great with tight, clean bass filling the the room. And the amazing thing is the subs are doing it all without even breaking a sweat... trust me, I've checked.
But what I really want to share is that this last Sunday I was a little stunned because when the drummer brought in the kick drum I felt every beat in my chest. I stood there thinking" "Is that chest slam at this low level? That's not fair, I rarely feel chest slam at home and I pushed these subs far harder than we are now." So I walked back to the sound board and talked with the operator and asked how the subs were EQ'd and he pulled up the screen showing a nice big lift centered at 60 Hz. Perhaps that helps explain some of it but I still didn't feel like it was at a loud enough level for me to feel it in my chest.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that story. if you wonder what these big subs can do... they can do quite a lot. The other night at practice they let the V3601's off the leash a little and the ceiling tiles out in the foyer were dancing. The teens liked that a lot.