How does it compare to existing Auras? And the Quantum Wash?
The size of the Aura PXL puts it directly in between the MAC Aura XB and the MAC Quantum Wash. However, the PXL's output is much closer to the Quantum. The PXL's new attractive facia and a hugely increased output of the Aura backlight allows the PXL to create stunning facia and wash effects on a much larger scale.
The Aura back light on the MAC Aura XB is great and does exactly as designed by creating an “eye candy” effect, which looks great on TV or close intimate settings. However due to the face size and the brightness of the aura backlight it would look somewhat lacklustre in a larger venue or stage. This usually means that the Aura back light is somewhat redundant, and the fixture is used as a fast and punchy wash light…this it does very well.
The MAC Aura PXL's backlight however is much brighter - with 141 LEDs and a much larger lends. This is where I see the PXL really coming into play as far as “eye candy” for larger productions. Having been fortunate enough to have a week testing and demoing the PXL the general feedback was the Aura was bright enough to be a subtle wash of its own! So, combine that with the 19 Primary LEDs you can create a perfectly flat wash field while also making the fixture face a feature.