The new MAC 550 features unprecedented illumination for a 400W fixture, astounding graphics and gobo animation system (yes, the same one you find in the MAC 2000 Performance), all wrapped within the award winning design of the MAC 2000. Combined with its motorized zoom and new color and gobo motors, it is a small revolution in the world of quiet, mid-sized fixtures.
The combination of efficient lamp (Osram double-ended HTI 400/D3 – 750 hour lamp life) with new glass reflector technology produces a remarkable light output of 9,300 lumens, higher than most 575-watt fixtures. Not only does this make for a very bright fixture, but by achieving greater output with a lower wattage lamp, customers save on power expenses.
In response to market requests for a zoom system in a mid range fixture, Martin has included a fully motorized zoom in the MAC 550 capable of beam angles from 14 to 30 degrees. Unlike step zoom systems that offer only two or three different beam angles, the MAC 550’s fully motorized zoom can achieve any beam angle within the range.
Lenses inside the MAC 550 come with optical coatings to decrease light loss and to provide a better projection quality. The lens system also comes with remote focus control for easy adjustment of the sharpness of the image projected.
Dynamic graphical engine
The MAC 550 is simply the best in its class when it comes to graphical possibilities, giving designers a wealth of possibilities. A 6 slot, plus open, rotating gobo wheel with 16-bit accuracy features a set of exceptional gobo designs, all replaceable. Added to this is a 9 slot, plus open, fixed gobo wheel, also with a set of replaceable gobos.
Finally, in order to provide designers with the finest in graphics projection with which to enhance productions, a gobo animation system is included, the same system that was pioneered by Martin in the MAC 2000 Performance. All the unique effects achievable with the Performance – rising flames, drifting clouds, driving rain, turbulent water and much more – are achievable with the MAC 550.
Color and color temperature control
Two color wheels are included in the MAC 550, each fitted with 8 colors, plus open. All colors on both wheels are replaceable, enabling designers to customize the fixture to their own particular requirements.
Along with a wide palette of standard colors, color correction filters are also included – a half minus green filter for television applications along with two CTC filters, one giving a lower color temperature and one a higher color temperature. Furthermore, a new color and gobo wheel motor driver system provides for faster bump speed.
Dimmer/shutter, motorized iris, replaceable prism
The MAC 550 houses a combined dimmer/shutter capable of very smooth fades. The dimmer also works as a shutter for instantaneous blackouts and variable speed strobe effects.
A motorized iris is also included for reducing the beam size. A replaceable, rotating, 3-facet prism is also fitted in the MAC 550.
Pan movement is 540 degrees by 246 degrees of tilt. A new pan and tilt motor driver system gives exceptional speed for a mid-sized fixture. Movement is 16 bit. An intelligent position correction system automatically returns the fixture to its original position if knocked out of place.
The MAC 550’s road-tested modular design is not only highly durable, it is Martin’s most serviceable MAC yet. Multi connectors and spring loaded release mechanisms mean that no tools are necessary to remove and insert modules. And a multi position tilt lock keeps the head where you want it.
The MAC 550 is only available with electronic ballast. This gives the added advantages of flicker free operation, lower weight, extended lamp life and a power saving mode. Also fitted is a switchable power supply that requires no tools to select different voltage settings.