World Changers Church International in the US state of Georgia has added Powersoft K Series amps to the amplification system in its 8,500-seat World Dome.
A total of 22 K3 power amplifiers outfitted with the manufacturer’s proprietary AESOP (AES Ethernet Simple Open Protocol) networking functionality have been installed at the venue.
The World Dome, which caters for a congregation of around 30,000, offers a flown left-center-right L-Acoustics V-Dosc system with under-hung dV-Dosc front fills plus SB28 subwoofers.
“The PA has awakened like a brand new system,” said World Changers Church International (WCCI) staff audio engineer Hall Williams. “Everyone has commented that the sound is a lot cleaner, a lot brighter, a lot fuller.”
WCCI's engineers had previously suspected that some of the drivers in the system had failed, but problems persisted even after several parts were replaced. “That's when I called Roy Drukenmiller at Rock ‘n’ Road and said 'bring me a couple of power amps',” Williams added.
“We upgraded the consoles at WCCI about two years ago to Digico – an SD7 at front-of-house and an SD8 at monitors,” commented Roy Drukenmiller, president of Rock ‘n’ Road Audio, a sound production rental, sales and systems integration company that supplied the Powersoft amplifiers.
“As they made the rest of the system better they found that it was still not working to its full potential. So the next step was to either replace the speakers or the amplifiers. Jim Green from Quest, the southeast rep for Powersoft, and I went down there with two K3 amplifiers and did a quick demo. All of a sudden the system sounded much better.”
“When we put those Powersoft amps on it was like the speakers woke up,” Williams continued. “I'd never experienced anything like it. There was just something about the definition of the bass notes, and the clarity of the system.”
“Some of us grew up in a world when things actually used to sound pretty good,” Drukenmiller concluded. “There are lots of manufacturers making small, lightweight amplifiers now, but I think audio quality is what we're looking for in our world. In this day and age, with the rush to the bottom, Powersoft defies that trend.”
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