Thanks for your input, Brad.
The VRX boxes are flown, approx. 6 meters high from memory. The Mid/Highs are powered by 2x QSC USA900 amps, each VRX getting a discrete amp channel.
The woofers are each powered by a bridged XTi 2k.
We have an Ashly Protea DSP for parametric EQ and crossover.
The room itself is not the big. 20 meters by 16 meters. About 7 meters high.
The actual seating area fills most of the room, approx. 14x14 meters.
There's very little acoustic treatment, so in this room it's important to keep sound off the walls, especially the back wall, which is glass, and real problem for slapback echo. As part of this upgrade, I'm pushing very hard to have the glass removed and an actual wall installed.
The church itself is a modern contemporary church, with roughly a 50/50 split between worship music and voice reproduction.
The two major problems with the current rig is:
A: Very, very poor vertical coverage. Of course, there is only 30 degrees in the two VRX boxes. This means that the front and rear of the room are not covered at all - the sound heard there is muddy and echoey, as of course it is all room reflections.
B: Poor tonality. It just plain sounds bad. Very, very hard in the high midrange. But I find if I EQ to get a smoother sound, it's very hard to get enough clarity in certain singers and a certain senior pastor with a very dark deep voice.
I personally think that a 'line' array in such a small room is over the top. I think the 100 degree coverage might be too wide as well, and to get the 60 vertical degrees that I think we need, we would need 4 or so boxes of NX or VRX. That would be a lot of SPL and a lot of amps to drive it, for a small room.
But this RCF system was recommended by a rental company that we have worked with a lot over the years. They are not a dealer, so there's no money in it for them.
I just thought I'd ask and see if anyone had used them.
Essentially, what we need out of a system is a wider vertical coverage, better sound quality, and more some sub bass. RE the low mid room mode is a reality, we always have to cut considerable amounts down there to stop serious mud building up.
This is the case for the VRX system and every hire system we've ever had in there.
I'm wanting to learn about this kind of stuff, so that I can make informed decisions, and spend church money wisely. But I'm not going it alone - I'm also looking for local professional who can really understand our needs a recommend some options.
I will also demo systems before buying - the last install was never demo'd, it was brought unheard. Not smart.