"PUNCH LED's are The Way to Go"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
This is a light; it doesn't have any sound. However, the light quality is VERY good. Be aware that this is not a spotlight. It lights up a wider area than a spot. I replaced the PAR 36 incandescent lights I used to use for my band with four of these LED lights. I've been very pleased with the results. Note that the PUNCH's are heavier than incandescent light cans. However, the no heat, no gels, no bulb changes more than makes up for this. The illumination is close to comparable. The PARs put a little more light in a smaller space, so they feel brighter. I've been very satisfied with the PUNCH's for lighting our stage. We use a DMX controller and it's worth the investment. You get far more out of these with a controller.
The product comes with no accessories except the power cord. However, it has everything you need on board. You can strobe, flash, chase with the built-in features. The lights are well constructed with nice, thick glass protecting the LEDs. However, they are more delicate than the old-fashioned PARs. You will definitely need some sort of case to carry them in. I use two Pelican 1620's, two lights to a case. Pelicans are expensive, but bullet-proof. The pluck and pull foam protects the lights perfectly and the pull-out handles/wheels make for easy transportation. You may also want to buy a terminator for the final light in the series.
You can also invest in special DMX cables if you like, but I've had excellent results just using standard XLR mic cables.
Ease of Use:
If you're not comfortable with digital equipment, you may find setting up the ilghts the first time to be a little challenging. It's not difficult, very similar to working with midi devices. You dial in an address for each light and a mode using the two push buttons on the top of the light. A clear, easy to read LED display shows the numbers you're selecting. The lights do have a tendency to occasionally forget their address when stored and you have to re-enter it. This is a trivial procedure. Only takes a minute, literally.
If you don't have a controller, you can use the push buttons to set the mode of operation and get beat-synced color changes, strobing, etc. Since the mode of operation is indicated by three dots on the LED display, you have to memorize what dot configuration you want for which mode. If you're using a controller, this problem goes away and you just set all the lights for center dot only. Not inuitive, but not difficult.
The LEDS are only visible from the top of the light, so you do need to check the LEDs before you hoist the lights to make sure everything is properly set. When the lights first receive power they will flash, which is a very convenient indicator telling you if any lights aren't functioning. The LEDs will flash if they're not getting a signal from a controller, so it's easy to tell if you have a DMX cord with a short.
These lights are nicely made. They are not, however, truly hardened for road use. I don't mean to imply that they're flimsy. They're not. But you will want to be somewhat careful with them. Dropping them onto a concrete floor from table height, for example, would likely break something. They're heavier than standard PAR cans by quite a bit.
I've not had any problems with mine. If you're using them with trees (like I am) you'll probably want to buy an O-clamp for each light. This makes it much easier to attach and remove the lights for setup/teardown.
I've not need any warranty work, so I have no experience with how well the company stands behind their product. Thus, I'm rating this as a 6.
You are getting what you pay for. This is a piece of electronic equipment far more complicated than a light bulb. It's a significant investment. However, once I got them sussed, I have far fewer problems with these than with standard PARs. No broken bulbs; no burned out bulbs; no missing, torn or burned through gels; almost no power consumption; no hunting to find an unused circuit in the club to power the lights; any color I want at my fingertips; no broken bulb sockets; no loose rivets on the cans; etc. I would buy these again with no hesitation.
The Wow Factor:
These lights add a great deal to the show. Many times, they are all we use and they make a number of very nice effects. They're definitely far superior to incandescent bulbs. We've had a lot of comments on how cool they look.
No question about it -- LEDs are the way to go if you can fork over the cash. I think the PUNCH is the best all-round stage light you can find for the money. I've not seen anything that compares for general utility. I evaluated tons of other lights before settling on these. They have a huge number of LEDs (256) and they're BIG -- about the size of my little finger tip. They put out more light than just about any other stage LED I could find, especially at this price point.