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The Best Speakers For Church – And Where to Put Them

There are a lot of different sizes when it comes to ceiling speakers and you’ll likely need two to four of these speakers if your hall is medium-sized or very large. With anything below a medium-sized area, you’d be better off with a single piece design because these pieces can still provide you with a stereo sound but won’t be too powerful for your hall. Most of the time, these systems still have two tweeters for a great sound; besides, having two speakers in a small hall might not be a good idea because it might be a little too much.

Are Floor-Standing Speakers Better Than Bookshelf?

Floor-standing and bookshelf speakers are the two main types of speakers and learning about each of them is the only way to decide for sure which type is best for your church. Here are the main characteristics of each:

  • Floor-standing speakers offer the ability to stand them anywhere you like, have more power and therefore much louder output, have a greater acoustic range, and are better if you need music listening that is higher in quality.
  • Bookshelf speakers offer more compactness and therefore take up less room, are perfect for home theater setups, and have more flexibility when it comes to where they are placed.

Bookshelf speakers are smaller and are specifically made to be integrated into a complete sound system. Floor-standing speakers are tall tower-like speakers that can provide stereo sound with two speakers. Although both speakers provide a good listening experience, it is the floor-standing speakers that offer the best musical quality in the end. In addition, because most churches want stereo sound and floor-standing speakers are perfect when combined with stereo, these are the speakers that many churches choose these days.

Of course, bookshelf speakers have their purpose as well and would do just fine in most small church circumstances. In the end, you just have to take into consideration your own setup and available space, which should help you decide which one is right for you.

Are Bose Speakers Worth it?

Bose makes high-quality speakers and other products and is considered to be the best when it comes to these items, but are they really worth the money you pay for them? By nearly all accounts, the answer to that question is a resounding YES. Even today, this company reinvests much of its profits into new research and technology, which means that they are constantly upgrading the quality of their speakers so they sound unlike any others.

Because of this, the quality of all Bose products is second to none. As soon as you hear music played off of a Bose speaker, you’ll understand why you had to pay a bit more for them. The fact that the company places more emphasis on customer satisfaction and continuous research than they do on profits alone is enough to make most people want to purchase their products but it isn’t the only reason.

If you’re researching different brands for the best speakers for church, you owe it to yourself to test out a Bose product in person, which you can do easily. Their products are best-selling products for a reason and you can easily learn why this is so.

Are There Any Speakers Better Than Bose?

Naturally, asking if one set of speakers is better than another is going to result in subjective answers but there is little doubt that Bose is on the top of most lists for a reason. When you’re comparing speakers, you don’t want just a lot of sound; you also want a clear, very detailed sound that allows you to hear each high note and each low note without any type of muffling sound. If you love hearing all of the instruments in the background, in other words, the speaker you choose makes all the difference in the world.

Regardless of which list you look at, Bose speakers are always at the top but there are other brands that score nearly as high and offer an excellent product as well. These include brands such as JBL, Sonos One, Logitech, Yamaha, Sony, and ELAC, to name a few. While most people consider Bose speakers to be the best on the market, other brands offer top-notch high-quality speakers that you are sure to love, which means that even people on a budget can get a great set of speakers that they are happy with.

Bose or JBL?

Both Bose and JBL are well-known, very high-quality speakers that offer a lot of the same advantages. In many customers’ opinions, Bose offers a better overall sound quality while JBL offers better bass. Many people also consider JBL to be the best when it comes to their selection of Bluetooth speakers. Then, of course, there’s the price. You are always going to pay more for Bose than you do for JBL products but it doesn’t mean that JBL products are below par.

Indeed, the adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t always apply to speakers because both of these companies make great speakers that you will never regret purchasing. To decide between the two, you have to determine which feature is more important to you. Do you want something more portable and light? Do you want to hear background instruments clearly? Or do you simply want the best value for the money? While Bose has a well-deserved reputation of having the best speakers for church and other electronics products on the market, you can’t beat the quality of JBL products, especially if you’re on a budget as many churches are.

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This article about the best speakers for church originally appeared here, and is used by permission. ALSO: check out the ultimate guide to church stage lighting.

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Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. Currently he is serving as a Technology Consultant for Living Waters Fellowship In Mesquite NV.