First let me state that the opinions expressed herein, are my own and are in no way those of ProDJ.com or of anyone employed by ProDJ.com. I base my opinions upon hands-on experience and testing of the Eliminator Hulk-150. I wish to thank Center Stage Lighting and Eliminator for the opportunity to run this product through its paces and to evaluate its capabilities in our public forum.
Packaging & Shipping
My unit arrived Monday 6/20/2005 in one large box deliver UPS as was predetermined by Center Stage LIghting. Upon openning this new toy, I found the outer carton in good shape, filled with a good amount of foam peanuts on all sides. After digging through the peanuts I found an inner box. To my surprise, there was yet still another box inside of that one that contained the fixture. It was held securely in styrofoam and very well protected. The additional parts (dmx cable and hanging bracket) were well taped in chambers in the styrofoam packing with no chance of going anywhere.
After I pulled the unit from its rather tight packaging, I inspected the unit for flaws or shipping breakage; there was none. So I figured, lets first read the instructions on what it can do and how to go about setting up the various modes. The manual is a short 4 pages but is very well written and straight forward. Page 1 is the Intro and lamp warnings about the heat and intensity of the HTI-150 gas discharge lamp. Page 2 discusses the three modes of operation: Full DMX, Sound Active, Testand Master/Slave. Personally I wasnt so much concerned with the Test mode as its generally used by techs when working on the fixture so I glossed over it. I also ignored Master/Slave mode as I only had one unit with which to work. Besides, Master/Slave runs the internal Sound Active programs. Page 3 is all about the digital display menu ... recommended reading especially if youre going to run more than one unit and want to reverse pans, tilts, complementary colors etc. on additional Hulk-150s. Page 4 is short and sweet and contains the DMX protocol table which describes the function of each DMX channel the fixture uses.
I figured the first logical step was to try the Hulk-150 in Sound Active mode, so using its carton as a stand, I plugged the unit in, followed the three easy instructions to get the digital display into the desired mode. Knowing it would take a minute or so for the lamp to get to full intensity, this gave me time to fire up my stereo across the room and get some high energy techno music going. Being used to my own moving heads, the first noticable items was that the power cord was attached to the fixture instead of having the typical Euro male chassis mount connection. I personally consider this a plus not to have to hunt for a power cable. The unit has some fan noise but no more than a typical flat mirror scanner. Bulb output, once up to temperature was extremely bright and very daylight WHITE.
Sound Active Mode
I cranked up the music and the fixture took off really fast, almost too fast and I knew Id have to slow this thing down. I accessed the speed mode in the red digital display which was set to 255 by default .... I immediately adjusted this down to 50. The possible range is from 0 to 255 .... sound familiar? The fixtures movements slowed to a nice smooth pan/tilt and then I noticed this fixture DID NOT have that typical whine that a large majority of moving heads have as they run their pan and tilt functions from one extreme to the other. What a pleasant surprise.
I sat in my favorite chair and observed and took notes about the internal programs at work in sound active mode. While doing this I was noting which gobos were used, how fast the rotation was and what colors were available for them. The fixture also has a sensitivity control that allows you to adjust the units reaction to a heavy bass beat. This is another plus compared to my own moving heads. I found the Hulk-150 to be very smooth. When the gobos hits a near wall (3 ft.), they were very small but when projecting some 20 ft. they became more like what I expected. This fixture would have no problems projecting images to 70 - 100 ft. and being seen, even in ambient lighting however, you will have to manually adjust the focus of the lens. This is a big plus directly related to using a discharge lamp.
Rating: Very Good
Full DMX Mode
After watching the Sound Active internal programming mode for some 30 minutes and making notes, I figured its time to find out what the Hulk-150 is all about. I retrieved my trusty ADJ DMX Operator from its storage area, set the Hulk-150s dmx address for channel 1, connected a dmx cable and I was ready to go. With trusty DMX Protocol table in hand (Manual page 4), it was time to see whats what. I entered program mode, pushed the SCAN 1 button, set all my faders to "0". The Hulk-150 immediately went to its "stow" position which is shutter closed (no light), with the lens facing downward directly over the digital display and awaited my command. I thought here we go .... I scanned my protocol table and began moving the faders one at a time from "0" to "255" and observed the Hulk-150.
SHUTTER (gotta get the lamp ON to see anything)
First let me state that the opinions expressed herein, are my own and are in no way those of ProDJ.com or of anyone employed by ProDJ.com. I base my opinions upon hands-on experience and testing of the Eliminator Hulk-150. I wish to thank Center Stage Lighting and Eliminator for the opportunity to run this product through its paces and to evaluate its capabilities in our public forum