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  1. They're great, nice sound, loud and compact. Most of my rig is designed by Rog Mogale (the Void designer) so i might be a little biased!!
  2. I think there may be some of the MX10's too (same as the MAC250 but as a scanner) They have a lot more than just separate colour/gobo wheels. Full colour mixing, fixed gobo wheel, rotating gobos wheel, effects wheel (prisms, frosting etc), shutters, etc you need a decent sized vehicle to move them around with too, not your average mobile light. And at least 2 people to move them. And a decent amount of wedge too. The club i used to work in paid £36,000 for 4 Golden Scan 2's back in the 90's The last one was the Goldenscan 3 HPE i believe.
  3. Given the price between the long life ELC and the M33 I'd do the conversion. Read my posts, all my Destroyers/Punishers are using the conversion. No problem, plenty of light still. What more do you want to know, there's not much more to say really.
  4. What scans are they? Make sure that the scans start address is actually 1 as you've set it and not zero. Many lights of 6 channels will have addresses from 0-5, 6-11, etc Also, you say the built in sequences - are these designed for this light? If not it's unlikely they'll work. Has the controller got a polarity switch? Try switching it. Have you tried selecting head one and actually moving the individual channels and seen if you get any movement? Best to use X and Y mirror for this.
  5. Sorry, i'd assumed we were referring to destroyers/Punishers throughout.
  6. QUOTE Modifying a fitting from a dichroic to a home-made capsule sounds dodgy to me unless officially manufacturer sanctioned, It's a standard conversion, supplied by Martin using a metal coated reflector dish which has an M33 sitting in the middle at exactly the same point as the ELC. This is how the later Destroyers/Punishers were supplied as standard. I was simply stating that if someone was so equipped, they could chop the rear off an ELC lamp and use the reflector in place of the metal dish for slightly better optics. Probably handle the heat better too but the Martins have good f
  7. The reflector is actually coated so reflectivity is good. It's only held in place by 3 rivets so technically you could get a glass cutter and cut the lamp bit off an ELC lamp and mount that reflector part instead so the M33 goes down the middle of it. As with any lights, cleaning the optics regularly is useful
  8. I'd recommend the conversion kit. They were standard after a while anyway. It then takes the M33 lamp which is a load cheaper too. You get about 20% less output from them but it's not that noticeable. The M33 is also used in the Opti Solar250's and they're good and bright. I suppose the only way you could tell would be to do one and compare with an ELC
  9. QUOTE 2500 watt amp pushing 4000 watt speakers is going to sound...... .....about 2db less loud than 4000w on those same speakers. Barely any difference to the human ear. Only benefit is a little more headroom. And certainly won't sound rubbish. A 300w speaker with a 106db sensitivity powered with 300w is going to be about the same as a 100db sensitive 1000w speaker powered with 1000w.
  10. And in the scheme of things the SRM450 is not a great sounding speaker.....
  11. I've found the easiest way of achieving reversed movement on one or more axis whilst still copying is to set up the 2 channels for each head (or group of heads) and program 1 with what you want entirely. Then copy the whole channel to the second one and go through each scene changing the value on the DMX channel you want reversed. There's also the option of doing the hardware and reversing the wires in the unit for a permanent fix. you need to remember to reposition end stops for mirrors if you do this as they'll try to turn the wrong way from the existing stops when they zero on startup
  12. The one major failing of the Soundlab controllers is the sound sensor. It has no particular beat detection so all the time there is noise it just cycles through the steps at a very fast speed - unusable really and i always have to use the tempo tap function. Spend some money on a decent desk, it'll pay back when sellup time comes, especially if you get a good second hand one off ebay. Other than that the Soundlab ones do waork well, but you generally won't get much better sequences than just letting the lights run themselves. It's only if you need specific things like being able to focus
  13. I had the same sort of intermittent problem with a constella unit but on the gobo wheel. Turned out to be a connector on the board where the stepper motor plugged to the board. Reseating it with a small amount of switch cleaner sorted it out. I've got the same lights but branded by chauvet and i've never had a problem not using a terminator but it's one thing to rule out.
  14. QUOTE 5hz right up to 33,000hz for great top end. I'm not even going to comment on that....... (ours are clearly better, we've got bigger numbers - Now suitable for your Dog!!) Even the Sennheiser claims are ridiculous. I'm sure that in isolation you would be able to feel a 16hz sine wave through them. However i seriously doubt being able to hear that same 16hz when full range signal is playing through them. The dB differential is just too great. It's the same as speaker manufacturers who don't quote frequency response in relation to an f3 or f6 or f10 point (the point where th
  15. Not quite as good specs though, or as durable. I for one couldn't live with the 'twisted wire' syndrome that sets in very quickly as a result of the cups being able to rotate on the headpiece. yes, i do own a pair of HD25's and i wish i had just splashed out the money 13 years ago rather than spending quite considerable amounts over the time on cheaper and worse products whilst trying to avoid spending the (very worthwhile imo) £99 that i got them for in the end
  16. Thought they might have been from the way you were raving..... ;)
  17. What did you get in the end? Can't tell as the previous posts refer to about 4 different brands at least!!
  18. norty303

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    QUOTE No mention of bullet radiators so far That's what i mean by supertweeters. I'd probably go for slot tweeters though rather than bullets. The application is SMAART by SIA. I also use SpectraRTA. You can download a 30 day trial of both off the net. Hint - set a system restore point before you install SMAART. When the time runs out, roll it back and start again. SMAART is fairly high end (read - expensive) but really does it all and is industry standard and can interact with other kit too for easier setups. The region from 2k to 6k (varying sections) often needs some attentuat
  19. norty303

    Chain Gang

    All of my rig is custom built from proven plans so the components are selected for their suitability to the job. My tops are P-audio compression drivers BM-D450 which are 1" throat. They're rated at 80w/rms and 8R and i power them off a Warrior RS-500 amp (to be changed for a Chevin A500 when funds permit) which gives 175w/ch at 8R. I run the amp at full power but use a hard limiter to stop it clipping and i've not had any failures. A friend only buys QSC PLX3402 amps (it's not cost effective to buy the smaller ones really) and he runs his 2" compression drivers off them. Thats 700w/c
  20. norty303

    Chain Gang

    QUOTE would put out almost double the power Not in all cases, depending on amplifier and PSU type. E.g. PLX3402 700 at 8R, 1100 at 4R, 1700 at 2R.
  21. QUOTE three people have told me that their HD25s got busted also Be interested to hear what went - I'd assume cables as i can't see what else there is to go wrong.
  22. norty303

    Chain Gang

    QUOTE They're much less likely to clip for a given sound pressure level, To achieve a certain SPL you require a certain amount of power. If an amp is loaded to 4R and is capable of 1000w at this load then it will clip at a certain point. If you take an amp that is capable of giving 1000w into a 4R load but is also capable of driving 2R loads it will still clip at the same point as the previous amp into a 4R load. The fact it could run at 2R is of no consequence. Assuming they both give a genuine 1000w at 4R they will both achieve the same SPL from the speakers and clip at the same
  23. norty303

    Chain Gang

    I run my rig 4 way active (soon to be 5 way with the addition of supertweeters) and the difference in level and quality obtainable is unbelieveable. It also means that i can tailor my crossover points to the drivers i'm using and how their characteristics affect the sound. When i'm running vocals i drop the crossover frequencies of the compression drivers so more of the vocals come from them for a crisper cleaner sound. With heavy dance it goes the other way (higher) to allow much higher power handling (less excursion on the diaphrams).
  24. norty303

    Chain Gang

    Basically you can't 'chain' amps together to get a single higher output. If you want to use the internal crossovers then you'll need 1 single bigger amp or 2 separate amps (bridged, each one feeding one sub and top - both MUST be capable of running at 2ohms stereo and 4ohms bridged) You cannot feed the outputs of one amp into the other to get a combined larger output. You could use one amp directly into the subs and another directly into the tops and make use of the low pass filter in the subs however I would advocate use of an active crossover in this case. The problem is that the top
  25. It depends on what you're used to. I'm yet to hear a cheap headphone that cuts it quite like the sennheisers, last i had were Denon AH-D210 which were nearly as good as the HD25 (nicer to listen thru but not for mixing) but they suffered from lack of durability and they were £50
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