Masjid Soleehusslam, Thailand: The right sound

Located in the Min Buri district of Bangkok, Thailand Masjid Soleehusslam requested the services of local integrator Patararungroj to upgrade their sound system. Hurrairah bin Sohail examines further.

The mention of Thailand conjures up images of pristine beaches, crystalline waters and spicy food. But there is much more to the country than just the tourist attractions promoted. With a population of 65 million the country has a number of large urban areas that have their own unique characteristics and long, detailed histories. The population of Thailand is mainly Buddhist but other religions, such as Christianity and Islam, coexist together peacefully.

The Masjid Soleehusslam is a mosque located in the Min Buri district of the city of Bangkok. The mosque is a house of worship for Muslims and it has served surrounding regions for over 60 years. Attendance for prayers can exceed 1,000 people and the mosque conducts services for the five daily prayers mandated for the Islamic faith.

The clerics at Masjid Soleehusslam decided to upgrade the audio capabilities of the venue and for this purpose Patararungroj was called in to overhaul sound systems throughout the building. Established in 1985, Patararungroj has close to thirty years of experience as a distributor and system integrator in the Thai AV market. Its services span across the execution and deployment phases of an audio visual project starting with consultation and designing, moving on to installation and continuing after the project has been signed off with after sales support.

From the onset the scope of the Masjid Soleehusslam project was very clearly defined. The clerics pinpointed the problems that they faced and the requirements of the new audio system would have to meet. Surasak Bodhilah, who is the senior sound engineer at Patararungroj, says: “The scope of the project was to change the existing sound system to a new one. In the past the mosque faced many problems with the sound inside the atrium (play hall) especially when the people were going to pray and worship. The problems were poor sound quality, inadequate sound pressure level and microphone feedback. A new system would be beneficial for everybody, including the surrounding community to the mosque.”

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