Audiovisual Equipment for Churches

The Ultimate Checklist of Audiovisual Equipment for Churches

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There are a lot of options when it comes to audiovisual equipment for churches. There is a wide variety of prices, brands, and features. It can be overwhelming to decide what you need for your church if you don’t know where to start or what you want in your system. This checklist will help make the decision-making process easier for you by showing all the possible pieces that may work well with any budget!

Church audio equipment

Church Audio Equipment

Speakers

You’ll want to make sure you have the right speakers for your space. The size of both the room and audience will help determine what type of speaker is best for you, as well as how many (and where) they should be placed in the room.

Mics

There are several options for microphones at different price points. The number of mics you need will depend on the size and type of room (and how many people regularly attend), as well as the style of worship service you have, including if there is a praise band or choir present during services. You will want to make sure that your system has a way to control the volume of each mic so that everyone can be heard.

Wireless microphones are great for churches, as they allow people to move around more freely during worship services without having an excess of wires all over the floor.

Mixers

You will need a mixer to control the volume of individual mics, monitor speakers, and more. There are different types of mixers that have various features depending on your space. You can choose from analog or digital options for both small or large budgets!

Audio Recorder

You will want to make sure your system has a way to record sermons and other services so that they can be played back for those who were unable to attend. There are different types of recording software depending on the type of computer you use as well as how many people need access. You may even prefer an audio-only recording without video.

Cables and Accessories

There are a lot of different types of cables, accessories, and adapters that you may need for your space depending on the setup you have or plan to install. You will want to think about how many things need power (such as speakers) versus those that just require an audio connection.

Power Amplifiers

Power amps are a crucial part of your system as they provide power to speaker systems. You will need more than one, so make sure you have enough before setting up! They come in different types and sizes depending on how many speakers you have and what their outputs are.

Wireless Mics and Systems

If your church is large or has a praise band, you may want to invest in wireless systems for mics. These can be expensive depending on how many people need their own system and what features they have, but it’s an option that provides more freedom than standard wired options.

Headset Microphones and Lapel Mics for Sermons, etc.

If you prefer not to use handheld mics during services, another option for speaking is headset microphones and lapel (clip-on) mics. These are great alternatives if hands-free moving around is more important than the level of audio quality. You may also want these as backups or in case your main system fails!

Headphone Amplifiers

Some churches will need headphone amplifiers for members who are hard of hearing or only able to hear certain parts of sermons or other services. These devices allow for private listening and can be great options to accommodate those with hearing loss.

Church visual equipment

Church Visual Equipment

Projectors

You will need a projector that best fits the needs of your church. There are several types, sizes, and features to choose from depending on how you plan to use it or what equipment you have already installed in your space. You may want one with short-throw capabilities for smaller spaces as well as those who require high resolutions so everyone can see the image clearly.

Video Switchers

If you need the ability to switch between multiple video sources (such as DVD players, laptops, etc.) during services or events, make sure your system has enough inputs and outputs. The more you have available for different devices will depend on how many things are plugged into it at any given time. You may also want one with recording capabilities for recording events or services.

Projection Screens

If you are projecting onto a wall, you may want to invest in an affordable screen so that the image is clear for everyone watching. There are different types of screens depending on how big your space is and what kind of projection equipment you have access to! Some churches will even use a projector and mirror to make the image appear on a more traditional screen.

Media Computers / Players

Depending on your needs, you may want to invest in media computers or other players that can run different programs and play multimedia files. This will also depend on how many things need power and the types of devices you use for services.

A/V Cables & Accessories (splitters, extenders, etc.)

Depending on your setup, you may need several different types of cables and accessories such as splitters or extenders. These can be purchased in multi-packs for a more affordable price so keep an eye out!

Wireless Transmission Systems

If you need to project something from one room or area to another, without having a cable connecting the two areas, wireless transmission systems can be purchased and used for this purpose. These usually come in kits that contain several parts such as transmitters and receivers so make sure you plan out your needs before purchasing equipment.

Flat Screen Monitors and TVs

Depending on what you need to monitor during services, events, etc. you may want a larger display. This can be something as simple as a TV for showing videos or slideshows and/or laptops with flat-screen monitors that allow everyone in the room to see it clearly regardless of where they are sitting! Just make sure whatever equipment you decide to use can support the size and resolution of your monitor/TV.

Church streaming equipment

Church Streaming Equipment

Cameras

Depending on your needs, you may want to invest in a few different types of cameras for live streaming services and events. These can be webcams or higher-quality HD cameras or even PTZ cameras that allow you to stream more clearly and with better resolution! The streaming system will need an internet connection as well as the correct encoding software to make sure everything is compatible.

Streaming Software

Churches that stream services and events will need to have the proper software for streaming purposes. Some churches use free options such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) or Restream, while others may want a more professional option like Wirecast Pro or vMix which has additional features and provides access to better encoding settings for increased quality.

Switchers and Encoders

Depending on the number of cameras you are using to record your services or events, you may need switchers and encoders. These devices allow multiple video sources (such as cameras) to be sent to a computer for live streaming purposes without having to switch between them manually during the service. Switchers will transmit all incoming signals to a single output while allowing you to switch between them as needed.

Encoders take incoming video and encode it into an H.264/MPEG-TS format that is compatible with most streaming services such as YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Webcasting & Live Streaming Services

Churches may want to use webcasting or live streaming service that provides the necessary equipment, software, and support for churches. These services can provide all of your technical needs in one place so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues with different pieces of hardware/software!

Capture Cards

If you are recording services or events, capture cards can be used to record live video from devices such as cameras and switchers/encoders into a computer. They take in the HD or SD signals and convert them for digital storage on your computer’s hard drive – some even allow displaying of the same signal at once! They vary in price and capabilities so make sure to find one that fits your needs.

Conclusion

This list of audiovisual equipment for churches hopefully has helped you find the right gear to fit your needs so that you can modernize your services or events with crystal clear clarity. Whether it’s a simple tv, laptop monitor, wireless transmission system, webcasting service, or capture card – we’ve covered everything you need!

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