First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., recently underwent a comprehensive renovation that included components from Listen Technologies. The church’s floor plan of approximately 65’x100’ posed a challenge to providing comprehensive and consistent coverage for an assistive listening system. The use of two Listen Technologies MLD9 loop systems, the cabling for which traversed the sanctuary floor more than 50 times underneath a complex combination of floor coverings, in addition to 23 Listen Technologies CMR3 calibrated receivers, assures that clear, intelligible audio is available for all congregants.
“This was by far the largest loop project we have ever done,” says Brent Everhart, sales engineer at Audio & Light, the Greensboro AV systems integrator that sourced the Listen Technologies system and installed it, in conjunction with Curtis Kasefang of the Theater Consultants Collaborative, the design consultancy on the project. With total square footage of more than 6,500 square feet, there was a unique challenge in keeping the cabling intact as the flooring was being installed. “The materials are different in various parts of the room, with either carpeting or vinyl covering on the floor,” Everhart explains. “The concern was to avoid having the flooring installers damage the loop by cutting it as they installed the coverings. We trained them on the loop’s location, but we also set up an alarm system that would alert us via the Crestron touchpanel control system if it was cut, so we could repair it before the floor was finished.”
Audio & Light’s ingenuity is matched by Listen Technologies’ MLD9 loop system (with features such as automatic gain control and metal loss correction), which provides an area of coverage of 13,990 square feet or can be used to drive two perimeter loop areas of 35,520 square feet.