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Product Spotlight

  • Syncrolite Series 3 with OmniColor 2

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | November 19, 2007
    Over the last three years, while their Series 2 Syncrolites were out generating revenue on seemingly every production with a budget, the Dallas-based company was busy developing and patenting the next generation of Syncrolite products. Now they’re ready to trot out their Series 3 line of high-powered xenon, moving yoke fixtures with what are possibly the most innovative new features in an automated light in several years.

  • Compulite Vector Red

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 13, 2007

    Compulite is an Israeli-based lighting console manufacturer that has been in business for over 25 years. During the last few years, the company has expanded its range to include several new models. The Compulite Vector now comes in four models that vary according to how many faders and DMX512 outputs you need for your purposes.  The company also manufactures programming wings and playback wings that can be used with an outboard PC. The playback wing can be used in conjunction with any model to add an additional 10 faders and cue keys. We had an opportunity to Road Test the Vector Red.

  • High End Systems Showgun

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | August 20, 2007

    High End Systems is back in the automated lighting business in a big way.

    To be sure, they never really left it, but since they introduced Catalyst in 2001 and DL.1 in 2003, it seemed at times as if they might leave “conventional” automated lighting behind altogether, were it not for the debut of the Studio Command automated wash luminaire in 2006. Their newest offering should leave no doubt that they are planted squarely in the business. 


  • Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 17, 2007

    Attendees at last year’s LDI tradeshow were introduced to the newest addition to Vari-Lite’s flagship 3000 series of auto-mated lighting fixtures. The VL3500 Wash fixture fills in a gap in the very top echelon of Vari-Lite’s fixture offerings. Build-ing on the line’s already rich feature set, the fixture is an evolutionary step from its closest sibling, the VL3000 Wash, with at least one trick up its sleeve that’s not found anywhere else in the series. 

  • Chauvet Q-Wash LED: LEDs Lead Changing Times

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | May 22, 2007

    When the editor of PLSN asked me if I would be interested in writing a review for the new Chauvet QWash LED, my mind raced back to my days backstage, when my crew and I would take advantage of slow moments between shows to give our flashlights the Pepsi Challenge. I would pit my Mag-Lite against anyone else’s flashlight to see which was stronger and at what distances. On one occasion, a board op came up with his LED flashlight, swearing that his could finally dethrone the hoss, and it did…at short range. But the Mag stood strong at longer distances, such as from the floor to the grid 60 feet above. Even at that distance, I could easily make out the details in the cables suspending the rigging. His LED didn’t even provide a light pool at that range.

  • Look Solutions Cryo-Fog

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | March 19, 2007Look Solutions’ newest fog machine, the Cryo-Fog, is a compact, low-lying fog production machine. It’s compact enough to fit in the “overhead bin;” just be careful when you open that bin, because this baby is 28 kilograms without the fog fluid. (For those of us who don’t do metric, that’s just under 62 pounds.) But don’t let its size fool you; the Cryo-Fog machine pumps out enough fog to compete with the more standard-sized (read, larger) fog machines of its type. I recently had the chance to get upclose and personal with the Cryo-Fog machine when Tom Gittens at Advanced Entertainment Services, in Las Vegas, Nev., showed me around the device. Read More...
  • Martin MAC 700 Profile

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 15, 2007
    The Martin MAC 2000 line of luminaires is arguably the most successful series of moving lights sold to date. It is almost impossible to accurately predict what combination of features, reliability and cost makes up the perfect product. Chalk it up to a whole lot of skill and at least a little bit of luck. Read More...
  • Sharp XG-MB67X Projector

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | January 16, 2007
    One nice thing about writing a product spotlight is all the cool toys we get to play with. The Sharp XGMB67X is one such cool toy. Especially since I had a number of movies to catch up on.

    The XG-MB67X is a “compact” projector that packs all the features that you would expect to find on larger models. While certain accommodations have been made for its small footprint, Sharp does not compromise on its performance. It does all this while staying at a very competitive price point.
  • Shadow Management

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | January 16, 2007
    Very frequently, I am touting the highest high-tech lighting products on the market. This month, I would like to fully embrace the lowest low-tech lighting control device I have ever seen. The Hula Skirt is such a simple, yet cool and useful, device that I cannot believe no one has devised one before now. Read More...
  • Martin Mac TW1

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 16, 2006
    Denmark-based Martin Professional, one of the leading manufacturers of automated lighting, has crossed into some new territory in their product line. Their newest MAC, the TW1, goes backwards in time, but forward in technology as Martin unleashes their new tungsten wash automated moving yoke light. Read More...
  • Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1200

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 16, 2006
    For a couple of years now, Clay Paky, the Italian manufacturer of automated lighting fixtures, has been expanding their Alpha line of moving yoke fixtures. The latest is a new high-powered color mixing wash light that is extremely bright. It can utilize two different HTI lamps with different color temperatures of 6000K or 7500K, both of which have hot-restrike capabilities. Read More...
  • Radiance Followspot

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 17, 2006Strong Entertainment Lighting recently started shipping their latest in a long line of followspots. The Radiance is a lightweight fixture designed to be used for small installations and shows that do not require extremely bright followspots with long throw distances. But don’t let that fool you; this spot cuts quite nicely from a 150- foot throw.

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