WTD Guide to Column Speakers: Update

For some worship spaces, there may be a need for new speakers, but line arrays are deemed too obtrusive. Column speakers might be the right alternative.

WTD Guide to Column Speakers: Update
This six-page PDF offers a sampling of column speakers available on the market, including models from Bosch, Community, Danley Sound Labs, EAW, JBL, RCF, Renkus-Heinz, Tannoy, and TOA.
WTD Guide to Column Speakers: Update
This six-page PDF offers a sampling of column speakers available on the market, including models from Bosch, Community, Danley Sound Labs, EAW, JBL, RCF, Renkus-Heinz, Tannoy, and TOA.

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Knowing that it was about three years ago that WTD had last provided a guide to available column speakers on the market, we knew it was time to once again provide a valuable snapshot into what is available to those who might be on the lookout for column speakers in their worship space.

In this six-page PDF, there is a breakdown of specifications for nine different manufacturers models, with three models coming in with price tags at under $900 per speaker, four different speaker models coming in at price ranges from between $1,200 to $2,400 per speaker, and two models that run at more than $5,500 per speaker.

The different manufacturers listed in this guide include models from Bosch, Community, Danley Sound Labs, EAW, JBL, RCF, Renkus-Heinz, Tannoy, and TOA.

As noted previously, when it comes time to decide on which model or models to consider, a good place to start would be to review the performance requirements in your church and discuss them with your AV consultant/integrator.

For churches looking to improve their sound, but not wanting speakers that might be construed as not complementary to a worship space’s decor, a viable alternative could be column speakers.

To get a sense of how column speakers can blend into your space, they are typically designed to be very tall and narrow to match a column’s dimensions. One of the nine models featured in this slideshow, the Renkus-Heinz IC7-II, was installed a few years back at the United Methodist Church in Conway, S.C., Here’s an example of how well blended a well-installed column speaker can be for your worship respace.

Renkus-Heinz IC7-II
Renkus-Heinz IC7-II

Enjoy this review and update pertaining to nine high-quality column speakers.




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Comments

By frostga on March 16, 2016

I have been using my University columns since the early 70’s. They are in their second building and give good coverage in a 45 X 70 room. The first install was a 60 X 100 with a balcony and the worked well there with a few ceiling speakers under the balcony


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