FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — Eglise Éden Assemblée Dieu is a church located in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with a congregation of more than 2,000 people. The church has become so popular that it underwent a full renovation in 2020, bringing its capacity up to 2,400 worshipers.
The new space impresses with large glass windows, stunning marble work, and dark wood pews. And while this combination of reverberant surfaces and architectural flourishes has traditionally come with acoustical challenges, the church had confidence from the start it would have sensational sound as it was relying on loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz.
“Normally you would say this is a very difficult, challenging, and reverberant space,” said Inza Bamba, Managing Director at Protech Distribution, the Ivory Coast AV integration firm that designed and installed the pro audio system. “But with the Renkus-Heinz ICLive X system you know you are going to make every space sound amazing. And that is exactly what we were able to achieve at Eglise éden Assemblée Dieu.”
Renkus-Heinz’s ICLive X series is a complete system, designed from the ground up, and offers Renkus-Heinz’s exclusive Acoustic Source Multiplier (ASM) waveguide. The ASM allows the HF section to be coaxially mounted in front of the LF section. The coaxial driver arrangement delivers a consistent and symmetrical array of both high frequencies and low frequencies along the entire length of the array, allowing the freedom to choose any acoustic center available. In addition, the ASM reduces inter-driver spacing to the absolute minimum, ensuring gradient-lobe free performance to very high frequencies.
The installation utilizes one ICLive X module and one ICLive XL module configured into a single array on both the left and right side of the worship hall. Two ICLX118S-RN subwoofers add powerful sub-bass enhancement to the system.
The subs’ high-power 18-inch woofers deliver outstanding low frequency impact with a direct radiating design that maximizes the efficiency of the cutting-edge woofer technology and Class D digital amplifiers. The ICLive X family offers all the benefits of Renkus-Heinz steerable technology, allowing for sound to be digitally positioned precisely where you want it: on the audience.
“By utilizing digital beam steering we could place the sound exactly where we knew it needed to go,” Bamba said. “The hall is very wide and nearly 50 meters long, but with just the left and right arrays we were able to cover the entire church with even SPL distribution without the need for additional delays.”
The ICLive X loudspeakers are available in black and white as standard colors – and custom color options are available to order. For the Eglise éden Assemblée Dieu installation, Bamba used white speakers that are flush mounted to ensure the equipment blended in perfectly with the space.
“It sounds absolutely amazing and the congregation is beyond happy,” Bamba said. “That’s a typical result when you use Renkus-Heinz.”