A Stunning New VUE for Chandler Christian Church

Just 25 minutes southeast of Phoenix, Compass Christian Church (Formerly Chandler Christian Church) in Chandler Arizona recently completed the latest addition to their impressive youth center and recreation facility. Already well appointed with a skate park, gymnasium, climbing wall, game room and café, “The Bridge” now offers a versatile, 10,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose and live entertainment venue complete with lighting and a full concert-grade VUE Acoustic Linearity based audio system.

The centerpiece of the church’s new state-of-the-art sound reinforcement solution is a VUE Audiotechnik al-8 subcompact line array, with VUE V6 Systems Engines supplying all amplification and processing, and VUE subs for low frequency support.

“We’ve been deploying VUE systems for nearly a year now, and have been consistently pleased with their extended frequency response and exceptional intelligibility,” explained AVDB President and Founder Marty Waverley.

“Over the years, Chandler Christian has deployed several different line arrays through various expansion projects—all with varying degrees of success,” continued Waverley. “We were very excited to see if the VUE al-8 would finally deliver the impact and clarity they’ve struggled to achieve in other locations.”


Dual al-8 line arrays at hs-28 ACM subwoofers atChandler Christian Church in Chandler Arizona

Designed to function as both performance hall and recreation space, Chandler Christian’s newest space presented the AVDB team with a number of critical challenges, including highly reflective wood flooring and numerous exposed ceiling structures. Indeed exceptional pattern control was a critical consideration.

After creating an EASE model to determine the ideal al-8 configuration for the space, Nate Hall, AVDB’s senior AV designer, configured dual al-8 arrays of seven elements each. Five V6 VUEDrive rack mount Systems Engines deliver power and processing for the arrays, while a pair of hs-28 subwoofers and an Avid SC48 console round out the mix.

“The al-8’s coverage was near perfect from the moment we fired it up—exactly as the EASE model predicted,” explained Hall. “And the sound quality is simply amazing—especially at the high end. You can lean into the al-8 and it simply never breaks up or loses intelligibility.”

For low frequency, AVDB specified a pair of VUE hs-28 dual 18-inch Active Compliance Management (ACM) subwoofers for the left and right of the stage. A forthcoming plan to install the subwoofers below the stage will see the hs-28s replaced by VUE’s dual 15-inch hs-25 ACM subwoofers later this year. But Waverley isn’t the least bit worried about the swap.

“VUE is really onto something with their ACM technology,” Waverley explained. “Both the hs-28 and hs-25 subs deliver amazing amounts of clean energy for their size—dramatically more than most subs that share their footprint.”

Waverley continued, “With the lower profile hs-25 we have the perfect fit for under the stage, with almost no discernable impact to low frequency performance. The hs-25 is a really impressive unit. We’re extremely pleased.”

For more information about Chandler Christian Church, visit www.chandlercc.org. Learn more about AVDB’s design and installation services at: www.avdb-group.com.