Full FXpar 9 Review
It never fails to amaze us how much lighting has moved on in recent years, hand-in-hand with the advances in DJing. The Chauvet DJ FXpar 9 is a good example of a modern lighting fixture for DJs: In a lightweight circular plastic fixture about 9" across and 3" deep and with a simple bracket mount, it packs in three powerful types of lights.
It's pretty compact, and lightweight to boot. It looks to all intents and purposes like a plastic tyre from a kid's buggy, with a pair of U brackets bolted to the side of it.
The lighting "side" of the disc has nine circular LEDs around the outside, a ring of 24 SMD LEDs (the types you see on LED strips you can buy in hardware stores) inside that, and finally a single bigger COB light in the middle.
The rear has power in/out (for daisychaining), DMX in/out (for control via wired DMX, and also for daisychaining), a basic LED readout and menu, up, down and enter buttons, plus a microphone and mic sensitivity control, the last being for the sound-to-light function.
As with most such lights, adjusting them via the controls on the back is fiddly and not very intuitive; much better to use the company's IRC6 remote control (not supplied) for basic functionality, or DMX to unlock the full potential. For most DJs, the remote control is a good and inexpensive middle ground. Nonetheless, it is possible to cycle through the modes from the back (as long as you have the instruction manual to hand).
It has static "wash" colour modes, automatic programs (that aren't reliant on there being any music playing, and that can be adjusted from slow to fast speed), a set of sound activated programs, and a custom colour mixing mode, where by blending the light colours and the strobe you can create your own static colours.
It is possible to adjust the strobe speed too, and finally, turn the IR on and off, so if you have multiple fixtures, you don't confuse them when operating them from the remote.
It's a great little light, really bright, and versatile too. The ultraviolet option on the outer lights is cool, obviously having a built-in strobe means you don't need to carry a separate one, and the ability to use the light for static washes as well as for full-on dancefloor effects including strobe and ultraviolet means that a purchase of, say, two of these and a simple stand or two would do for many a mobile DJ playing smaller gigs.
Overall, for the DJ just starting out looking for cost-effective lighting, the FXpar 9 is a good choice and should definitely be on your shortlist for consideration.
• Here's a link to the Chauvet DJ video demoing the light.
Do you like the look of the FXpar 9? Do you even own one? Let us know your thoughts on this Chauvet DJ light in the comments.