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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Drewdesign, Aug 20, 2008.
What is better Colortran Innovator 48/96 or an Express 250?
Leviton/NSI. But I would say Express 250 anyday based on ETC's customer service ratings and whatnot.
ETC ION next year, and shelve the Innovator for a backup board. An unreliable console just doesn't cut it for me.
Express 250, hands down.
Express 250, I've used both the Express 125 and Express 48/96 and never had any major problems. The only difference between the Express boards are the computer boards on the inside, the software is exactly the same on all of the Express boards.
The only reason I'd go the other way is if I needed to run it two-preset, which is increasingly rare these days.
I am another vote in favor of the Express.
Although I will say I have had one problem with an Express 24/48 (the board crashed twice in a show, both times losing all lights onstage). When we sent in the board, the customer service was fantastic, the problem was assessed to be in the firmware, it came back fully functional and spiffed up.
I haven't used a 250 (only larger Expresses) but I've had no complaints aside from that one incident.
This is misleading. While perhaps not as gargantuan physically as the 72/144, the 250 is the "largest" Express in terms of channel count.
Express. ETC Customer Support is amazing and will get you through many a tough spot.
Note: I have never used moving lights, but a few people have posted on how the Express(ion) is a bit screwy when programming movers. The Innovator seems to have a strait forward section on movers, at least from reading the manual. But then again, if you're using movers you may want to look into an ION or a Strand instead of the Express.
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