In your house of worship, the quality of your sound system is proportional to the quality of your services. Knowing the right professional in the A/V industry is everything. The best houses of worship have an, ongoing relationship with a local audio/video integrator who works to refine their sound quality with effective sound equipment.
You may have the passion for quality sound, but it can be difficult to know where to apply it. We’ll help you get started on hiring a sound system professional with this checklist:
The Sound Contractor Checklist
1. Verify Your Contractor’s License
Many states require low-voltage licenses to install sound systems, so the first step you should take is to check with your state’s commerce department and verify that your prospective contractor’s license is in good standing. Simply perform a web search for “State Commerce Dept. of [your state].”
Communicate with officials from other churches or venues in your area who have similar spaces and ask them who installed their audio systems. Check with your favorite manufacturer and ask if they recommend anyone in the area, or just reach out to another reputable contractor and see whom they recommend.
3. Use the Phone Test
Now that a half-dozen names and numbers are in your hand, call them all. Do they answer directly or do they return voicemail quickly? Are they willing to spend a few minutes on the phone or write a thoughtful return email? It’s important to locate a contractor with attention to detail. Every house of worship is different, and the type of company that will offer a personal touch and prompt response in your interaction will likely go the extra step to customize your wireless sound system.
4. Check the Credentials
Now you should have your list narrowed to three companies or so. Do any of the candidates hold certifications in A/V technology? Do they attend industry trade shows on a regular basis (every 2-3 years is a good start)? How long have they been in business? Do their references check out?
5. Get Some Quotes
Ask each company to quote some church sound systems on your wish list. Do they provide a detailed, itemized quote or is it just a dollar figure? Pricing opens up another complex conversation, but let’s keep it simple: Is this local professional offering more value than an Internet wholesaler? In most cases, he/she will see the sale through and make sure the product is being used properly, and a slightly higher price for the aforementioned personal touch is worth the investment in the long run.
6. Do You Work Well Together?
Finally, ask yourself if the audio/video integrator will work well with you and the other leadership at the church. Again, personality can go a long way.
To carry your message, you must build from a healthy foundation and that includes a good relationship with your A/V specialist. Work on building one today and you’re well on your way to the best sound system for your church.
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