Review & Video: Chauvet DJ FXpar 9 Effect Light

Review Summary:

Great value light with lots of versatility for a good price. A remote control in the box or easier control from the unit would have made it even better, though.

FXpar 9
  • FXpar 9
  • Rating: 4.5
  • From: Chauvet DJ
  • Price: $179
  • Reviewed by:
  • On April 17, 2017
  • Last modified:April 18, 2017
FXpar 9

The Chauvet DJ FXpar 9 packs an awful lot for your money, with nine four-colour LEDs, 24 strobe white LEDs, and a COB in the middle.

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.

First impressions

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.

In use

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).

fxpar 9

The light comes with the brackets pictured, although you'll need a clamp adaptor and IR remote control to attach it to a pole and control it without wires or the fiddly buttons on the back.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Review Summary:

Great value light with lots of versatility for a good price. A remote control in the box or easier control from the unit would have made it even better, though.

FXpar 9

  • FXpar 9
  • Rating: 4.5
  • From: Chauvet DJ
  • Price: $179
  • Reviewed by:
  • On April 17, 2017
  • Last modified:April 18, 2017

Video talkthrough

β€’ Here's a link to the Chauvet DJ video demoing the light.

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Comments

  1. DJ StuB says:

    I just bought one of these and I am very impressedfor the money ... its bright ... loads of ways to set up ... and easy to use - especially with the remote control.

    I have a techy question ... the light would be great on a speaker stand ... and it comes with power in and out for linking ... but can I link to my speaker?

    In the manual it says i can link 13 Fxpar 9's but that doesnt help me figure out if i can link to a speaker.

    Any ideas DJs??

    • What do you mean by "link to my speaker"?

      • DJ StuB says:

        I mean use the power out on the back on the FXPar9.

        On the back of the unit there is an IEC input and output for a mains electricity (kettle) lead. Its normally used for connecting power between lights on a truss or stand. The manual says i can link 13 units at 240volts (I'm in th UK) ... but ideally i would like to run the power lead to my speaker (probably Alto TX10) ... so i can mount both on the same stand and have a nice neat unit for small venues.

        Problem is i dont know if its ok to do that ... i assume the speaker uses more power than the FXPar9 ... but is it more than 13 x FXPars9's?

        • Steve Slaughter says:

          OK, so the question is - will the IEC out handle the speaker power draw.
          I'll make some assumptions. Say the power draw of the light fixture is 80W (just looked up the specs, at 230V it's 77W, close enough.) So 13 x 80 is what you can draw out of the IEC connector, which equals 1040!. This is as near as dammit to 1kW, so we'll stick with that.
          Any 230V appliance, given 1kW of available power, could draw around 4.5 amps out of it. I would be VERY surprised if Alto TX10's could draw that much (I have two of them), so I would say it would be fine to run the Alto's off the IEC OUT from the light fixture.
          I can't remember if the Alto's are fused or not. Another way to look at what the speaker will draw is to have a look at the fuse rating. This is likely to be at least twice as high as what the speaker will actually draw.
          In conclusion, I would definitely run the Alto's off the IEC OUT of the fixture. Running a pair of 15" 1500W tops out of them - well, no.

          • Steve Slaughter says:

            Ah. Just found another spec sheet for the Alto's. 150W power consumption, 1.6A fuse. So you'll be fine running them out of the light fixture. Best wishes.

          • DJ StuB says:

            Thank you 😊

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