Review: ETC ColorSource CYC
Posted on Monday, January 22nd, 2018
The ColorSource line from Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), headquartered in Middleton, WI, includes fixtures, control and relay products. The fixture line consists of a spot, par, linear, and now, the newest addition, the ColorSource CYC wash light. Let us have a closer look at this luminaire (and see if that is actually a mirror).
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/articles/road-tests/etc-colorsource-cyc/
Review: High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre Moving Light
Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2018
Welcome to The Sound of Silence.For decades, lighting designers have been waiting for a powerful, high intensity moving light with framing shutters suitable for extreme noise-sensitive live entertainment environments, including opera, theatre, concert halls, television studios, and of course, houses of worship.
Many moving light companies have searched to find that balance of intensity and fixture cooling that would result in a light that has very quiet motors, cooling fans, and internal moving parts (gobo wheels, zoom mechanisms, shutters, and the thousand of other gears, belts, and tracks). High End Systems (an ETC company) has developed a revolutionary fixture that addresses and meets these challenges. The new SolaFrame Theatre moving light is a welcome addition to the recently developed SolaFrame line, which also includes the SolaFrame 750, SolaFrame 1500, and SolaFrame 2000. What separates the SolaFrame Theatre from the others in the SolaFrame family is that this is the only light without any cooling fans. In addition, this fixture has a very high CRI of >90 with an output of 15,000 field lumens. The light engine consumes 440 watts and has a color temperature of 6,000 Kelvin. The SolaFrame Theatre also has an L70 LED-life rating of 50,000 hours. It’s RDM compatible and runs on 47 DMX channels. This fixture is ideal for small to medium-long throw applications (10-40 feet), which applies to most houses of worship.
Read the full article at: https://www.churchproduction.com/gear/review-high-end-systems-solaframe-theatre-moving-light/
Review: Martin MAC Encore Performance
Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
I recently got a chance to test the Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures from Harman, which are available in two versions — the WRM, or “warm” version, and CLD, or “cold” version. (As of last month’s LDI, Martin added the MAC Encore Wash, also in warm and cool versions, but here, I’ll just focus on the two versions of the MAC Encore Performance.) After playing with the Performance, I concluded that it is perfect for working with cameras.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/24524-martin-mac-encore-performance.html
Review: Claypaky Axcor Profile 900
Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
With the release of the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched their first spot profile to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. With their recent marvels in LED light engine technologies realized, the time had come for them to show the world what they had been waiting for and by all first responses, the wait was worth it.
By going in this direction, Claypaky now offers a fixture that is environmental friendly as it uses less power consumption (little more than 1 kW) and will be more stable over time. The fixture produces less ambient heat and noise while offering all the attributes one wants in any hard edge profile.
The physical size of this fixture is comparable to most high quality hard edge spots on the market. It measures in at about three feet in height and half that size in width. The handles are built into the base with no extrusion, but these fixtures are heavy, weighing in at just under 100 pounds. The frame is made of steel and aluminum while the black matte cover is plastic.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/24255-claypaky-axcor-profile-900.html
Review: Elation Dartz 360
Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017
Elation Professional’s (also known as Elation Lighting) World Headquarters is located in Los Angeles. They’ve been producing innovative products since 1992 and are part of the American DJ group of companies. LED fixtures, like washes and spots, have been around the market for a while, but not LED moving BEAM fixtures. Today, we have the pleasure of taking a look in and around Elation’s newest product.
The Dartz 360 is a new LED moving head beam fixture. Compact in size, but fully loaded with features including 15 static stamped metal gobos, additive colour mixing, motorized focus, variable linear frost and six & eight-facet rotatable prisms. Elation Professional sums it up by calling it a, “compact precise 360° pan/tilt moving beam luminaire.”
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/24254-elation-dartz-360.html
Review: Robe MegaPointe
Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
“The Pointe was like taking the first beam fixtures manufactured and putting them on steroids.”
This was how the original Pointe was described to me before I used it. Now Robe has taken this fixture to the next level.
The original Pointe had a zoom function that spread the pencil beam up to 19 degrees in beam mode alone — and a lens that widened the aperture if you wished. But it still just had a color wheel, some stamped gobos and a prism. Not exactly what I could really call a hybrid fixture in my eyes. But that’s all changed with the advent of the MegaPointe, which was just released as we head into LDI right now. It takes the Pointe to the ultimate professional level.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/24252-robe-megapointe.html
Review: Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis
Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017
Chauvet Professional has delivered an impressive fixture that can serve as a nice wash light as well as a masterful bit of eye candy. The Maverick MK Pyxis is a compact slugger with a lot of bells and whistles designed to offer the user unending colorful and dimming chase effects. Most importantly, they have come up with a system of macros that deal with dimmer chases as well as fun color combinations at the same time.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/24253-chauvet-professional-maverick-mk-pyxis.html