# Elation Powerspot 575E

#### jeffheart08

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does anyone own any of these fixtures? Elation Powerspot 575E.

For more than the past decade I have been subjected to what I consider top of the line brands Lightwave Research, Martin & Varilite. In my career, these are the fixture among moving heads that appear on every show and in every large scale production/rental house in the USA (including the ones I worked at). You NEVER see magazines like PSLN listing fixtures on major tours that are not from one of these brands. I have not been doing too much intelligent lighting research for the past 3 years now. However, I now see that the competition is quickly advancing, patents are expiring and others are eating up the design specs to create tons of moving head fixtures with new companies. With that said, I am now uncertain if companies like Elation are putting out worthy products or if the 3 I mentioned above still rival anything that the other companies are putting out. I am looking over the Elation Powerspot and Design Spot 575's (mainly the powerspot) and wondering if this fixture can stand the rigors of rentals and if it's optics and build quality are up to par with the fixtures I have come to be so accustomed to. And if they have, it makes me wonder why you still never see any big concert tours using any of these newer brands (the top ends of the brands).

I am skeptical about purchasing the Powerspots instead of a Mac 700's or Studio Color 575's, etc...... I know Elation has a converted Martin engineer now, but is that knowledge embedded into the powerspots or only the newer powerspot 700? I'm gonna get some demos for an upcoming show so I may decide I like the output and build quality after getting into the fixture, but it still won't answer my question about durability. My main concern will be if it can stand the test of time.

any thoughts or anyone who knows where i can find reviews and/or comparisons will be greatly appreciated

thanks,
Jeff

#### Pie4Weebl

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there is a thread a while back about the powerspot 700, probably worth reading, but in short it was well recived by those who tested it.

#### icewolf08

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there is a thread a while back about the powerspot 700, probably worth reading, but in short it was well recived by those who tested it.
That was my thread, here is the link. I can tell you, that we have been using them now consistently for almost 3 months in Les Mis, and we have not had any problems with them at all. If you read the thread, I talk a little about the perceived differences between the $5k fixture from Elation and an$8k fixture from Martin. I can also tell you that the two major rental shops here in Salt Lake both carry Elation fixtures and haven't had any complaints about them.

#### JD

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China is learning how to make a good light. (Elation, Chauvet, Etc.) I recently bought some Q-spot's and did an investigatory strip down. I was impressed at some of the details they had looked at. (dab of GE Silicon on each connector to keep it tight, etc.) I think they could take a few lessons on bulb efficiency design from Vari*light (such as the use of short-arc lamps) but you get a lot of bang for the buck. So far so good. Now, if they hold up long term, we will have some winners. I am sure some people will turn their noses up at the 3 pin DMX connectors, but hey, the audience doesn't care. Mind you, I am not saying they are on par with Martian or Vari*lite, only that you get some good bang for the buck.

#### jeffheart08

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thanks for the input so far. Still would like to see some more if anyone else has it. I did check out that thread on the power spot 700 in which this thread reffered too. However I am assuming that since the price range is upwards of $7000 on the 700, that it is still in a different class than the 575's which fall in the$2000 range. From specifications point of view, it appears that the powerspot 575 is geared as a competitive peice against the Mac Entour 250's, Studio Spot 250's (which we've actually had many issues with oveer the years). What gets my brain working in overdrive is the fact that the price point on the 575's is still far under what those similar fixtures went for brand new at one time. Granted some years have passed and perhaps manufacturing costs have lowered due to newer cheaper but better technology. I guess ultimately I will be able to tell when I get my hands on the demo and see if the parts are all plastic or metal, the types of motors, belts, gears, etc.... I would expect the PS700 to be as described above in an earlier reply but it still leaves much wondering about the 575's until I get a hold of it. If it appears as bright as a Lightwave Research Technobeam, I would be happy with the optical output all though I would expect it to be much brighter since it is rated at more than twice the output in lamp wattage. If not, then I will assume the optics and size of the dichros and gobos will need some improvement and perhaps one reason for the lower price point.
I would love to find a site that has side by side comparisons of features between similar moving head fixtures from the major players. As well as some positive and negative factors on each. I know I know.....a lot to ask!

#### jeffheart08

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Yes, I already know about the Designspot575 CMY. I thought we were talking about a 575 version in the same price range as the PS575. I'm not interested in the CMY version as the fixtures will be used for "raves" and parties of that nature where CMY is just an additional expense for the fixture and it won't be used. No need for dialing in exact colors in this instance.

#### jeffheart08

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I spoke to my rep today and he kind of leaned towards trying to sell the lights instead of returning them (of course) and that Elation doesn't want to go shipping \$3000 fixtures around the country for fun. Understandable, all though I felt a bit rushed by him offering a discount that expired on June 30th. A bit pissed too that I just received a July specials offer with the same price (which means I could have had more time to think about it instead of being told I had to decide by the end of the day!!) Anyway, they will be arriving in 2 days. If I don't like what I see, then I will either sell them if I can move em, or just tell them I need to return them for the seeming equally bright Designspot250 which has the color temperature that closer matches the Technobeams. I'm a bit upset that I may be stuck with an fairly expensive set of 4 new lights that arent what I am looking for. ****, impulsiveness! I hope they turn out better than what I first saw and that perhaps I made a hasty conclusion.