Emmanuel Baptist Church

The Challenge:

Emmanuel Baptist Church hosts three worship services each Sunday and activities that serve a broad range of adults, youth, students and other groups in the community. The church’s pastor is known for delivering passionate sermons and wanted to be heard by the entire congregation, even when he whispers.

The Solution:

The church was overdue for an upgraded audio system. It selected a system featuring HARMAN’s Crown, BSS Audio and JBL components to meet the needs of its contemporary worship environment. Under the direction of Springfield, Missouri integrator, Paragon 360, Emmanuel deployed VerTec VT4886 subcompact line array elements, VT4883 dual-12-inch subcompact arrayable subwoofers, JBL STX828S subwoofers, AC28/26 compact 2-way loudspeakers, AC25 ultra-compact loudspeakers and STX812M 12-inch stage monitors. The sound is powered by Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, Crown DCi Series 4/600 amplifiers and DCi 2/600 amplifiers. The amps and speakers are networked, using a BSS BLU-160 Soundweb London Signal Processor with BLU Link in conjunction with a BLU-BOB breakout box output expander.

The Impact:

“The rig sounds great and everyone is really happy with the performance. We truly realized our goal of transforming the space for a new generation of church goers.” – Mark Coble, Paragon 360

HARMAN Products:


  • JBL VT4886 Subcompat Passive Three-Way High Directivity Line Array Element
  • JBL VT4883 Subcompact Dual 12” Cardiod-Arrayable Subwoofer
  • JBL STX828S Dual 18” Bass Reflex Subwoofer
  • JBL AC28/26 Compact 2-way Loudspeaker
  • JBL AC25 Ultra Compact 2-way Loudspeaker
  • JBL STX812M Two-way, Bass-Reflex, Stage Monitor/Utility


  • Crown ITech 12000HD Amplifier
  • Crown DCi 4/600 Four-channel Analog Power Amplifier
  • Crown DCi 2/600 Two-channel Analog Power Amplifier

Signal Processing

  • BSS BLU-160 Signal Processor with BLU Link
  • BLU-BOB1 (Breakout Box) Output Expander

Emmanuel Baptist Church