Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 62
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Speedster Our relatives, neighbors, and friends all thought it was Spectacular!
I bought this in Dec 2015, but waited until now to finally leave a review to make sure everything still worked as well as it did last year. And from what I can tell after doing some testing today, everything still works fine!
I was hesitant about buying this due to some of the previous bad reviews, but I figured that if I had a problem with it, at least I could return it to HD as long as I had the receipt. And I didn't want to take a chance on ordering something else online and having problems with it, since it'd be more of a hassle to return it. I guess I must've been one of the lucky ones, because I had no problems whatsoever in the setup and operation of this kit.
Once it was setup, it was easy to use it with or without the music. We got lots of compliments from everyone who walked or drove by and saw it. People walking their dog, or driving by, would walk/drive slower as they passed in front of our house, and some even stopped for a few minutes to watch as the lights faded in and out, and blinked, depending on which preset pattern I used. If I was playing music, they would sometimes watch the lights and listen to a full song or two before continuing their walk/drive.
I bought an SD card and loaded several Christmas songs onto it, and the main unit/sensor responded to the music from the speaker as it was supposed to. I had to put the sensor really close to the speaker in order for the lights to respond to the music because I didn't want to turn the music up too loud and disturb the neighbors lol. But from having to put the sensor less than an inch away from the speaker, the sound was muffled a little bit. So this year I'll zip-tie the main unit/sensor to the SIDE of the speaker. One suggestion....before you stick the stakes too deeply into the ground, make sure you do some testing first to make sure the lights are responding to the volume setting that you plan on using. And be careful if you have to pull a stake out of the ground, because it might break. (If the ground is frozen after Christmas, you might have to wait until the spring thaw to pull everything out of the ground.)
Here are some some of the videos that I took of our lights (the first is linked to this review).
One thing I noticed is that if it snowed enough and the direct path from the main unit to a satellite receiver was blocked by snow, the lights hooked up to that satellite receiver would not respond (they would just stay on solid while other lights hooked up to other receivers blinked and flashed). I had to shovel a path in the yard so the main unit and satellite receiver could "see each other". To avoid this problem this year, I will actually stake all 3 satellite receivers within a foot or less of the main unit, so that even if it snows a lot, they will be close enough to the main unit to respond. Then from each satellite receiver, I will just run long 3-outlet extension cords to the areas that have the lights that should be controlled by each satellite receiver.
Christmas was a lot more fun last year because of the excitement caused by this kit. My father-in-law bought one on clearance after Christmas after seeing ours in action. He'll finally get a chance to use it soon and he's really excited. My wife and kids posted some of our videos on Facebook and some relatives asked what we were using and where they could buy it. Many of our relatives posted pics of their house & yard lights and decor on Facebook, but because of this kit, those pics paled in comparison to the videos of our lights.
I hope this review helps! This kit might be "quirky" and might not work as desired for everyone, but I have no complaints. When I get my next paycheck I'll be going to Home Depot and buying more outdoor Christmas decor and another Spectacular Light & Sound Show kit for our back yard!
October 10, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MikeVdP What the specs don't tell you
This is a start at a more sophisticated light show.
The music does not come with it, but that could be a nice advantage in that you can use it for other events and have the lights "sort of synchronize" with the music. Imagine an outdoor wedding or Halloween.
The music speakers can run off a SD card (not included) or by bluetooth from you smart phone, iPOD or the like. There seems to be a limit of one speaker per setup. When you try to run multiple speakers (from multiple sets), only one can be controlled by the smartphone, so you can't really adjust the volume on the second or additional speakers.
The main unit (base controller) picks up ambient music / noise to determine the synchronization to the music. Thus, the speaker needs to be close to the main unit. The instructions say the main unit should be within a meter of the speaker, but at least one review says to strap the speaker to the base controller.
This system runs three circuits of lights, but that's the maximum. Adding the additional receivers does not increase the number of circuits. The extra receivers (and the receivers included in the main box) only allow remote sets of lights to synchronize with the main unit. Thus, you can have lights quite a distance from the primary setup that are on their own electric supply synchronize with the primary unit. This could be good when you can't run cords from point to point. It could also be good if you want to synchronize some of your neighbors' lights. Yes, extra remote receivers can be activated by primary unit, so there's no limit (other than distance) for that.
This system does not allow you to program when each of the three circuits come on.
The synchronization to the music is clunky. You don't actually get to program how the lights' on/off functions on the three circuits are activated by the music.
If you are thinking this is your way to win the Great Light Fight, think further. This can be fun, but nothing like that.
Quality seems to be OK, but two remote receivers did not work out of the five sets (15 remote receivers) I bought.
So, an interesting step up from static lights and a way to have your whole yard coordinated, but not a super-sophisticated system for a regional or national competition!
January 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin Great item for the money
I bought this set right after thanksgiving. We downloaded 35 Christmas songs in MP# format as it stated. I put those in a mini sd card and in it went. Just to make sure it worked i plugged in 9 different sets of lights into each plus and turned it on. With the transmitter right next to the speaker as indicated in the directions and u tube videos i watched , they all worked perfectly. I currently have 35000 yes 35000 LED bulbs on this system. I have bought another expansion pack to try next year as id like my blow molds on it as well. I don't know what the issue is with some of these reviews but if the unit doesn't work swap it out. If it does in fact work and you cant figure out how to use it. Google this on u tube as i did to make sure i had it set up right. One day i will buy the light o Rama controller sets. Until then,this will do just fine.Nothing like seeing 20 cars out front of your house at a time watching your light show.
December 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Toots Great for the Price
A simple light show for the beginner. Purchased it this year to have a simple light show and everyone has enjoyed it so far. About 30 - 50 cars, including nursing home buses, per night do a drive thru. Looking a purchasing another one for another part of the display. I see everyone, that has purchased this item, says the music does not synchronize with music. Well that is correct however, my husband has found the solution. You have to attach the speaker to the main controller box with zip ties. The vibration from the speaker will make the lights dance, dance, dance.
December 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bmac Save your money
This product is terrible. It in no way syncs the lights and music. At best this device is good for random flashing. I was highly disappointed in this product. I even bought a 2nd one thinking that maybe I just got a bad one, sadly that wasn't the case. At least it was an easy return.
December 28, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by antbob OK, needs more work
First problem is you have no way to remotely turn on the sound, the lights yes but not the sound. Why not incorporate the sound and light controller together with a single remote. Or have a built in timer?? The lights kinda flash to the music, but not synchronized. So it's ok , but needs improvement.
November 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Khjones Bought mine today!
I'm just beginning my setup and testing of unit. Got my TSO MUSICE LOADED ON BIG SIM CARD! Sounds great! I ordered a couple of lazer lights shows from another source! I do know you can run more LED LIGHTS as the do not draw amps like old ones do. I'm going to combine 2 separate units this you to go BIG! I can't wait to set it up in front yard!
November 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike The Secret To 5-Star Performance
I read all the reviews and almost didn't purpose this product. I purchased, only to realize I'd brought home a box some other person has returned. Damaged remote created "on/off" from music sensor. Once I returned & set up the replacement, this kit works exactly as advertised (and as I'd hoped).
Here's what you MUST know:
1. For main controller and each satellite, ONLY plug cord directly from power source into TOP outlet. Do not attempt to power lights, trees, etc from the TOP plug. The extension cord directly from your power source plugs into the TOP plug on each satellite. This is a common problem I noticed with a friend who asked to troubleshoot his setup using the same kit.
2. Confirm every satellite is within 65 feet of main controller - line of sight is mandatory.
3. Place speaker within 1 foot of main controller, facing main controller.
4. Press button at top of speaker to power it on once you have loaded music (mp3) onto an sd card. Press remote to power on main controller. You'll hear a double beep as all strands of lights and decorations plugged into each satellite power on.
5. To achieve lights dancing to beat of the music, press "music sensor" one time on remote. Lights suddenly will dance to the music. It's a beautiful sight, eliciting great appreciation from passersby. :)
Sadly, the manufacturer has chosen NOT to detail instructions - too many ambiguous statements in their instructions. One power extension cord to EACH satellite. You can plug several strands of lights into the BOTTOM plug of each satellite receiver (max ~450 watts/ receiver I believe). BUT do not plug anything else into the TOP plug, designed for POWER, provided by extension cord plugged into timer for instance.
Hope this helps.
December 8, 2015