Martin offers a wide range of acclaimed lighting fixtures, ideal for use in a variety of professional scenarios. Production companies, lighting designers, rental houses and more often ask us which moving fixture range is best for their needs. In this guide, we’ll explore the differences between the MAC and ERA ranges to help you find the best fit for your rig.

Known for their flawless performance and versatile feature sets, the MAC range is the culmination of decades of experience and innovation from the Martin technology and engineering team in Denmark.

The Martin MAC Aura PXL adds to the industry standard line of Martin wash lights with multi-lens and Aura backlight technology.

Lighting designers around the world have relied on the award-winning performance of Martin Professional MAC moving heads since the first MAC debuted in 1996. Since then, the MAC range has produced a number of iconic families and fixtures.

MAC was the first moving head to feature an automated framing system, an animation wheel, Aura backlight effects, P3 video mapping, true color calibration, extended color modes and animotion effects.

Designed to address the highest demands of lightning designers, MAC range fixtures deliver outstanding performance in critical applications. With class-leading brightness, superior color palettes and impressive optics, each fixture offers an array of highly requested features that make them a perfect fit for a wide range of applications.

MAC Aura
The versatile MAC Aura moving head wash fixtures combine multi-color beam LEDs with a backlight LED array for a smooth, natural beam and wash looks. Choose from the award-winning MAC Aura, the ultra-bright MAC Aura XB, or the all-new MAC Aura PXL multi-source wash light. Learn more.

MAC Axiom Hybrid
A true all-in-one fixture, the MAC Axiom Hybrid combines beam, spot and diffused wash functionality into one compact moving head fixture. With a high-precision optical system, Axiom Hybrid delivers exceptional contrast and a surprisingly flat field. Learn more.

The Martin MAC Allure™ Profile features a novel RGBW light engine with unique 7-segmented beam control.

MAC Allure
The industry-leading MAC Allure fixtures are the world’s first to feature P3-enabled color mixing. With instant color control and unprecedented seven-segment beam control, the MAC Allure Profile enables dynamic projection and mid-air effects, previously not possible. Learn more.

MAC Encore
MAC Encore is a family of lightweight, whisper-quiet LED moving heads that deliver unparalleled light quality and consistency. Designed to produce premium white light in two dedicated color temperature variants, MAC Encore fixtures are the perfect choice for keylight, texture, wash and aerial FX applications. Learn more.


Both flexible and efficient, the Martin MAC Viper AirFX is a new concept that combines hard-edge, mid-air effects and a beautiful wash field in one luminaire.

MAC Quantum
The MAC Quantum Profile combines top-quality white light with a fast, smooth CMY color mixing system and crisp gobo projection. The MAC Quantum Wash features tight beams, beautiful wash field and a class-leading color palette to accommodate the most demanding applications. Learn more.

MAC Viper
The MAC Viper range offers an exceptional feature set, superior light quality and a highly efficient optical system. The MAC Viper Profile and Viper Performance deliver fat, powerful beams while the MAC Viper Wash, and MAC Viper Wash DX provide soft, smooth looks. The MAC Viper AirFX combines hardedge and mid-air effects with a beautiful wash field in one versatile fixture. Learn more.

Designed to fulfill the demand for a bright, compact, tour-worthy moving head, the Martin ERA 400 Performance CLD combines a feature-loaded and rugged, yet cost-efficient profile for entertainment and rental applications.

Martin Professional’s ERA range of moving heads offers a powerful and cost-effective solution for entertainment and rental applications. The ERA range combines professional performance with robust feature sets, and each model is carefully engineered to deliver optimum value. ERA moving heads incorporate versatile features and patented Martin technology to deliver world-class solutions and a streamlined user experience.

The ERA range draws from Martin’s enduring legacy of creating class-leading moving heads that deliver highly consistent and trusted performance. Every ERA product is built and tested for longevity to sustain years of heavy operation, whether it’s being permanently installed in a venue or touring around the world.

Often required to serve a variety of different shows and applications, today’s rental and production houses demand versatile fixtures that increase utilization and ensure products remain in use. These needs are the driving force behind the ERA Range, and we carefully balance consolidated feature sets with class-leading performance levels to optimize versatility and provide all-in-one solutions.

The feature-rich ERA range is available in a variety of different product sizes and output levels, providing solutions for every budget and event, from the smallest stages to the largest live productions and outdoor events.

ERA Performance
The ERA Performance Series combines a rugged yet cost-efficient profile, designed for entertainment and rental applications. Available in four highly efficient LED engines, ERA Performance Series fixtures produce bright, sharp image projections with a flat field. With CMY color mixing, full curtain framing and extensive zoom systems, these compact fixtures deliver a wide range of looks. Learn more.


The Martin ERA 300 Profile is a very compact profile fixture with an extremely efficient 260W white LED engine that produces a sharp gobo projection with a flat field and more output than typically associated with similar-sized and featured fixtures.

ERA Profile
The Martin ERA 300 Profile is a compact profile fixture that delivers sharp gobo effects and a flat field. With an efficient 260W white LED engine, the ERA 300 Profile delivers significantly more output than similar-sized fixtures. Learn more.

ERA Hybrid IP
The Martin ERA 500 Hybrid IP is an IP65-rated outdoor moving head fixture that combines versatile beam, spot, and wash functionality a single fixture. Featuring impressive output output, robust CMY color mixing and a compact footprint, the ERA 500 Hybrid IP is ideal for outdoor events. Learn more.

From the iconic MAC fixtures to the cost-effective ERA range, there’s a Martin moving fixture to meet almost any application—from small, mid-sized and large theaters to arenas and stadiums, concert and touring, live TV productions, corporate shows, cruise lines, or houses of worship.

We invite you to explore more of the possibilities that the Martin MAC and ERA product ranges offer in this detailed discussion.


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