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    Battery life on the netbook may be an issue for a 5-hour show. Depends on the netbook model and configuration, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P. Short View Post
    Battery life on the netbook may be an issue for a 5-hour show. Depends on the netbook model and configuration, of course.
    Very true... Sittinguphigh, how long of a sequence are you looking for? You might be able to get rid of the computer entirely, unless you wanted a long, complex sequence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P. Short View Post
    Battery life on the netbook may be an issue for a 5-hour show. Depends on the netbook model and configuration, of course.
    My Uncle's HP netbook can last for 8 Hrs with light gaming and I doubt it's configured for battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrd View Post
    My Uncle's HP netbook can last for 8 Hrs with light gaming and I doubt it's configured for battery life.
    I'm guessing once wireless/bluetooth and display is disabled/turned down/off, you should get 5 hours out of it.
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    Last year I put together a battery 26 amps, intvertor MR Christmas inside lights to sounds controller and LCD lights. 6 channels Average watts per hours was 7 to 9 watts. About 35 hours of function. I have lots to play with. Trying to upgrade. But don't understand a lot of this stuff. Never put any PCB together.

    Speakers haven't got that far. MP3, FM transmitter with portable stereo, standalone speakers not really sure.

    Most netbbooks don't have the right program and screen and space. The one that can work aren't cost effective. At least I haven't found any yet.

    How much is a stand alone Helix?

    Would like to go with DC safer.

    Thanks for all the help people

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    SITTINGUPHIGH do you have a netbook or are you looking for suggestions?
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    An FM transmitter isn't really going to be of value, because the spectators won't have the time to tune to your show. You are going to have to budget for speakers and amplifier.

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    The Helix is AC powered so you would probably be looking at using an inverter to run it. I'm not sure I would suggest it as a first-timer's controller either as it requires other bits and pieces to configure it and load the shows, etc. Not knocking it - but I think other options would be better in your case. The other issue is which lights you plan to use. Keep in mind that most light strings, even LED, are all AC powered. You'll want to look at some of the color ribbons/strips available - many run off of 12v. A netbook with a DMX dongle and one of RPMs DC controllers or SSRs would be a good way to go I think. All of that could be used for your own home show as well later on.
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    Just brainstorming here, but have you considered splitting the control part from the display part? Equestrian units in a parade often have a horse-drawn carriage or wagon in the group. This could be the platform for the sound system and Vixen notebook, while a Renard Wireless (Ren-W) radio link synchronizes the music to the LEDs on the horses. Each horse would have a receiver, battery pack, and DC controller for the lights it was wearing. The Ren-W system is flexible enough that all horses could have the same light display or each one could be a separate group of channels.
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    Ren-wireless would be a good idea. But it's only for my horse.
    Using a DMX DC controller and maybe be DMX dongle recorder and reader.
    But what about the music.

    Netbook sure if you know a good one thats not to pricey.
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