With a population hovering around 2,000, Marion, Kansas is an iconic big-sky town. Its founding and early economic support via the railroad dates back to the mid-1800s, as does one of its earliest institutions, Valley United Methodist Church. Built of stone and ready to last the ages, Valley UMC glows with the light of classic stained-glass windows. Although age and history work to the church’s advantage in most cases, its old sound system was not so charming. Wichita-based A/V integration firm McClelland Sound remedied that with the design and installation of a new sound reinforcement system including a pair of Ashly Audio nX-Series multi-mode amplifiers.
“Valley United Methodist Church has a traditional service style, but they’ve started adding in more instrumentation and other contemporary elements,” explained Paul Colella, vice president at McClelland Sound. “The sanctuary seats around two-hundred people, but their aging sound system was not adequately serving them. Intelligibility was a big issue, as was consistency from service to service. They needed an overhaul, and we were careful to design a system that would allow them to expand the elements included in their services in the future.”