The new XS series of lighting effects from American DJ has really managed to raise a few eyebrows here at WhyBuyNew. It’s one of very few truly innovative lighting effect units to be released this quarter and it really seems to hit the mark!
The new ADJ XS series which is being marketed under the “Creative but compact” slogan consists of three models; the XS 200, XS 400 and XS 600 or, as I refer to them, Small medium & large.
The flagship XS 600 model consists of two 360° continuously rotating heads, each of these heads are fitted with three 10W LEDs which feature RGBW** colour mixing providing a multiple of one off hues and shades of colour. The individual LEDs on the XS 600 can be controlled using pixel-mapping, helping to generate unique colour-chase effects across multiple units to provide new levels of detail and effects. With the XS 600 you end up with six lenses! On this model you also benefit from 360° continuous rotation of not only the two heads, but the yoke as well.
The unit is genuinely quite light & compact (180.2x195.6x317.7mm) so is suitable for both mobile rigs and smaller venues.
ADJ is also offering the XS 200 which is the baby of the range; it is a leaner iteration of the XS 600 featuring just a single axis 360° (continuous) moving head and two 10W quad colour (RGBW**) LEDs, further up the XS range is the XS 400, this adds two additional LED units and lenses and features dual axis 360° movement.
The XS 400 consists of four 10 watt RGBW LEDs and lenses, enabling more flamboyant shows and effects despite weighing only 6KG meaning the unit remains portable. Despite packing double the hardware of the XS 200 the XS 400 weighs only 0.23Kg more.
Across the whole XS Range, ADJ has managed to include nine pre-programed light shows and a sound active mode into the units, making them truly plug and play. Also featured across the XS series is a DMX control mode allowing you to create your own RGBW colour mixes as well as other features.
XS 200 & XS 400
2 DMX Channel modes: 16 Channels & 18 Channels
2 DMX Channel modes: 25 Channels & 31 Channels
All units in the XS series are compatible with the UC IR wireless remote control and the Airstream wireless control app (IOS)
**What’s the difference between RGB and RGBW LEDs? Standard RGB LED strip uses a 3-in-1 LED chip made up of red, green and blue chips. It can produce a wide range of colours by mixing the three and looks almost white with all three at full brightness. RGB+W LED strip uses either a 4-in-1 LED chip that has a white chip as well as red, green and blue or an RGB chip alongside a white chip. Why would you want an extra white chip? Although RGB can produce a colour close to white, a dedicated white LED provides a much purer white tone and allows you the option of an extra warm or cool white chip. The extra white chip also provides extra scope for colour mixing with the RGB chips to create a huge range of unique shades
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