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Control/Dimming Obsession/600

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by waynehoskins, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. waynehoskins

    waynehoskins Active Member

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    Arlington, TX
    Anybody used the old Obsession/600? Any good?

    I'm looking for a new lightboard for my church; right now we have an old Lep 500 manual board. We need something with memory, at least some of the time.

    Options that have come to mind include:
    - Express/2448
    - Express/125
    - Obsession/600
    - Expression/3
    - Strand Series/300
    - Strand GSX

    I'd like it to have some manner of manual control (a few subs are fine for that), and a proper theatre stack. It should speak either Expression or Light Palette syntax; I don't really care which one as long as it's a standard one. It needs a numeric keypad and a Go button.

    It also needs to fit in 4 feet or less of desk space, because FOH is pretty cramped.

    I'd also like that the keys are quiet; this I think eliminates the clicky buttons of Expression and the NASA Go button of the LP/90.

    I'm following an Obsession/600 on the Bay at the moment, and it seems like it might be a decent fit, so I'm particularly interested in what you guys think about it. I'm aiming to spend under 3K, ideally less .. because, you know, churches are cheap.
  2. SteveB

    SteveB Well-Known Member

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    Brooklyn, NY
    Used has a bunch of stuff.

    I'd take the Strand 520i, as it has the best ML control (for a theater desk) should you want to go that route.

    The steal on that site might be the Obsession 600 at $3500 - Consoles

  3. icewolf08

    icewolf08 CBMod CB Mods

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    Controls Technician - TAIT Towers
    Lititz, PA
    I hate to say it, but I wouldn't recommend any of the consoles on your list, used or new. The Express(ion) line from ETC is discontinued. While it will be supported indefinitely it is still very old technology. The Strand 300 series was nice, but prone to issues that get worse with age. The GSX is just too old. The Obsession I was also prone to issues with age.

    I would suggest looking at the Strand Palette series, or ETC's Ion. You might consider Smatfade or SmartfadeML, but they might be a little too scaled down for you.

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