Christie unveils new compact digital-cinema projector

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Christie has launched a new digital-cinema offering, the Christie CP2208, aimed at theatres whose screen sizes are less than 10.6 meters (35 feet) wide and that require an affordable solution in a compact footprint.

The latest in the company’s line of award-winning Xenon-lamp-based Christie Solaria projector systems, the CP2208 was unveiled at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV) at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Shipments of the units, to be available worldwide, are scheduled to begin in October.

“Xenon illumination provides superior color reproduction, brightness that is double that of similarly sized mercury-lamp based projectors and overall better performance,” said Allan Fernandes, product manager, Christie Cinema Products. “The CP2208 can be ordered with a variety of lamp sizes and lenses, and gives customers the choice of adding an integrated media block–either the Christie IMB-S2 with its tightly integrated Screen Management System (SMS) or other Series-2 IMB system.

While able to support various alternative-content sources through dual HDMI ports via DVI connectors, the solution is DCI-compliant, based on Texas Instruments’ three-chip, 0.69” S2K DLP Cinema® chipset. The CP2208 will deliver fully DCI-compliant images at 9,000 lumens within the DCI color space and up to 10,000 lumens when presenting alternative content.

“Faced with ‘going dark,’ as second-run film prints become increasingly difficult to obtain, the CP2208 will be a welcomed, bundled solution to exhibitors who need to provide digital content to satisfy a price-sensitive customer base, without incurring a large capital investment,” Fernandes stated.