Indonesia’s mosques are trying to sound their best for the Ramadan fasting month, splashing out on high-quality loudspeakers to avoid upsetting people.
With about 800,000 mosques serving the world’s largest Muslim population, the cacophony of calls to prayer from poor quality and poorly synchronised speakers has become an increasing irritation.
Some mosques are responding by seeking smoother sounding speakers. Local company V8sound is trying to tap into that market with its Al Karim speakers.
“The purpose of these loudspeakers is that mosques can have a jazz lounge standard,” Harry Kissowo, the company founder and audio adviser for the presidential palace, said.
More mosques are willing to pay the 1,700-pound price tag for an Al Karim, double the price of commonly used sound systems.
The routine use of loudspeakers for prayer calls increases during Ramadan and can include a very early reminder for dawn prayers.