And small doesn't have to mean "unimpressive" - there are people that have done great things with a single controller running 16 strings.logandc99 said:Like penguineer said, try to think about what you are likely to want from your display over the next few years before investing too heavily in equipment right now. Look at the videos of the displays that people have done to help you decide on your direction. The first year can be very confusing but you learn a lot from the experience and from the people on this forum. I recommend dipping your toes in for first year rather than taking a full dive in.
I had done Xmas light displays for about 10 yrs but none were synced to music. Two years ago I did my first display with LOR but started out with quite a small component synced to music as RGB was very new to me. Very quickly you get taken over by pixel fever and I am now glad I started out small. I started with LOR and a couple of DC boards and a few strings of dumb RGB but have now changed to LSP and pixel mania has taken hold. I'm not saying not to go the LOR way.... there are many examples here of amazing displays produced with LOR, and it's one of several great options for this hobby... I'm just pointing out that after you have gotten your feet wet in year one, you may want to change direction in year two and don't want to be regretting that you have spent a lot of money on tons of gear that you have now outgrown.
If you could visit someone like superman and see all the stuff in the flesh and pick an experienced brain, you will learn heaps and super(man) fast.
I'd offer to show you my stuff but I'm a bit far away.