CEM Classic vs. CEM+

Which do you prefer and why?

  • ETC Sensor™Plus CEM+

    Votes: 4 40.0%
  • ETC Sensor™ CEM

    Votes: 3 30.0%
  • No preference, whatever works.

    Votes: 1 10.0%
  • Huh? What is derekleffew going on about now?

    Votes: 2 20.0%

  • Total voters
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Well-Known Member
Mar 27, 2007
Houston, Tx
I like the classic because i found it much easier to navigate through than the new ones. I liked how i could simply enter a number without scrolling through or connecting a laptop.


Active Member
Feb 9, 2007
Dallas, Texas
While it is true that you don't have the number pad as on the original CEM, there are SOOOOO many more features that you get with the CEM+.

To top it off, this isn't really something that you can go out and buy. Yes you can upgrade a CEM to a CEM+ if you really want to. However, I think that there are so many more things that a theatre department is going to spend it's money on before it does this that is is not really worth talking about that much.

You get a CEM+ when you buy a rack. CEM's are no longer made anyway.
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Well-Known Member
Oct 27, 2005
I like my number pad. I think that it is critical that any rack with 96 dimmers in it have a number and menu pad in order to do quick jobs on a rack without hooking up a computer.


CB Mods
Jan 11, 2007
Lititz, PA
I had to formulate an answer to this. First off, I have to agree with jmabray, there are just so many more and useful features in the new Sensor+/CEM+ racks. I have found very few instances where I need to use a computer to make changes to my racks. All of the most common features are easily accessible through the menu structure of the CEM+. It doesn't really take any longer to do any work without the number pad. That, and all of the things that you can do with a computer make the CEM+ a far superior unit.


Resident Curmudgeon
Senior Team
Premium Member
Aug 21, 2007
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Poll closed, and thread un-stuck, as another revolutionary new product from ETC is forthcoming. Then the CEM+ can take its proper place alongside the MicroVision.
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