Case Study: The Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church, Part 1

The Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville, MD has been serving its parish community since it was founded in 1956. As with many older churches, St. Jude found itself needing to significantly upgrade its AV systems to maintain the high quality of its mass services. They had been using the same system for thirty years, and they needed a new system to maintain the same functionality.

Unfortunately, they weren’t sure whether or not they had enough funds to completely replace the existing system. That’s where Audio-Video Group stepped in.

Upgrading in Phases

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Instead of attempting to wedge a subpar solution into the constraints of St. Jude’s budget, Audio-Video Group decided to get things right without cutting corners. In order to accommodate St. Jude’s budget, AVG worked with the church to replace the systems in phases. This process allowed functionality to be maintained, while making sure that St. Jude was receiving the best solution possible at a price they could afford.

Frontend Solution


The first stage of the upgrade consisted of working in collaboration with a consultant designer to replace the frontend of the system. This included electronics and mics. AVG supplied the church with state-of-the-art equipment, including a Rane HAL2 w/ DR3B digital signal processor and Rane AM1 audio mixer. Mics included the wireless Shure ULXP for increased speaker mobility and the Earth Works Audio FW730 to get the best possible sound from the choir. All of these components were incorporated before upgrading the backend amps and speakers, and functionality was maintained throughout the process.

Check back next month to see how St. Jude was able to complete their upgrade and get the perfect AV solution for their space without destroying their budget.

Interested in upgrading your AV capabilities, but don’t want to settle for a subpar solution based on affordability? Contact AVG at 301.668.4448, or visit our website at We can help you find the perfect solution to fit your space and budget.

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