We currently have 24 Acme CM-300ZR IIs in our hire stock, and we have sold them into school installations, including the prestigious Mueller College; they’re pretty serious in their performing arts venue as they’re running an L-Acoustics Kudo PA and a Midas digital desk!
We have found the CM-300ZR II’s performance to be comparable to other products with similar specs, while being significantly more affordable and supplied with almost twice the warranty. They simply do everything you need a wash light to do, and the colours are great.
We’ve used them on everything from the Big Pineapple music festival as part of the floor package, to corporate, to building washes. We do a lot of DJs and electronic acts, so they’re often used with the zoom at the minimum 10 degrees, and they’re still a wash at 10 next to a beam that’s at 4. I did a corporate gig with them recently where we only had 40 minute bump-in as part of a room changeover and I took the CM-300ZR IIs instead of par cans because I can place and programme them much faster.
In terms of control, I am a ChamSys operator, but the majority of the time the CM-300ZR IIs are out they’re being controlled by MA. Fixture profiles have never been a problem, as Acme use MA to programme their range, so there’s MA files on the web for absolutely everything.
We do a lot of rider spec shows and we’re never had a problem with acceptance, and LDs have generally been amazed with them. Two of our major clients, Colourblind and BBE Touring, both use them. Everyone accepts them, and everyone loves them. As a result of us investing in CM-300ZR IIs, other local companies have bought them too, and we’re all working very well together.