An ACME double
By Julius Grafton.
Acme MP-400Z IP:
This handy PAR has 7 x 30w Osram RGBW LED, and is IP 65 rated as “dust tight” and protected against water projected from a nozzle. The electronics are out the back in a die cast aluminum case, with the lens and zoom up front in a sealed compartment.
The center section with the heatsink has mesh ventilation so water going through that doesn’t matter. It draws 250 watts of mains with every-thing running and produces a 6 – 40 degree beam. There is a virtual colour wheel including white optional with between 2700 and 10k colour temperature. It comes with 4 channels of colour RGBW and also pre-programmed factory preset colours.
The important stuff: weight is 8.5kg, the 16 bit dimming appeared smooth over a ten second fade. The fan runs at a quiet 42dB, thereafter the unit will retard output to maintain temperature.
Acme XA-500 Framing Spot:
This guy has a 440 watt led engine that draws 650 watts of power consumption. It produces a regular motorized linear zoom, with 14 – 35 degrees beam spread and 7500 degrees k colour temp. It offers linear CTO – it will go down to 2700 degrees in a linear fashion. There is 1 x colour wheel with 6 x colours, 2 x gobo wheels, with 8 static and 2 rotating gobos. There is CMY colour mixing, and prisms: a 3 facet circular, (this puts three images in frame) and a 5 facet linear (in a line) prism. They both rotate. A Motorised iris and 4 framing shutters, rotatable up to 180 degrees. There is a battery backed up menu, and it weighs 32kg. From what I could see it presents a completely flat beam.
Model and Price: ACME Stage Par MP 400Z IP – $1285 inc GST / ACME XA-500F – $6000 inc GST Distributor: ULA Group www.ulagroup.com
This article first appeared in the print edition of CX Magazine March 2018, p.34. CX Magazine is Australia and New Zealand’s only publication dedicated to entertainment technology news and issues. Read all editions for free or search our archive www.cxnetwork.com.au
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