Christie Laser Projectors

Christie CP42LH high frame rate 3DLP 4K RGB laser projector head

The Christie® Solaria CP42LH projector head represents the pinnacle of RGB laser projection design. Producing brightness levels up to 60,000 lumens and a color gamut that exceeds the DCI P3 color and replicates the Rec. 2020 space, the Solaria CP42LH is the most advanced RGB laser cinema projection system on the market. Available in single-head (3P) and dual-head (6P) configurations, the Solaria CP42LH offers exhibitors a projection solution that allows them to define their own giant screen solution.

Product Description

Christie CP42LH high frame rate 3DLP 4K RGB laser projector head

Christie Freedom laser illumination

The Christie Freedom laser illumination platform consists of rack-mounted laser modules. Each laser module produces up to 5,000 lumens of white light. Because of the scalability of this platform, up to 12 laser modules can be easily added, removed, activated or disabled depending on the brightness requirements. This provides up to 60,000 lumens per rack. Shorter racks with a capacity of seven laser modules, or up to 35,000 lumens, are also available. Each laser module is also independently cooled, providing built-in fault protection, improved efficiency and ultimate reliability.


  • DCI-specified
  • High-brightness, natural 3D – 14 fL and DCI-specified color in 3D on giant screens without any viewing
  • Scalable light source up to 60,000 lumens
  • 4K, high frame rate
  • Optimal performance on low-gain white screen
  • Long operational and stable life – 30,000 hours to 80% brightness
  • Built-in redundancies for improved reliability – multiple light modules with independent cooling systems

  • 5,000 – 60,000 lumens (1-12 Laser Modules)
  • 30,000 hrs. to 80% initial brightness
Screen size
  • Up to 105ft (32m)
Contrast ratio
  • >2500:1 full field on/off
Digital micromirror device
  • 1.4″ Enhanced 4K 3DLP®
DMD DLP Cinema®
  • 4096 x 2160 pixels
Input line voltage
  • 100-240 VAC, single phase, 10A breaker,50-60Hz.
Number of colors
  • 35.2 trillion
Supported frame rates
  • 2D: 4K content up to 30 Hz
  • 3D: 2K content up to 60 fps/eye2
Optional lenses
  • 1.25x Anamorphic Lens 38-809054-XX
  • 1.26x Wide Converter Lens 108-281101-XX
  • Use of the Anamorphic or Wide Converter Lens requires the MALM adapter 108-111102-XX
Full Lens Suite The lens suite available covers a wide range of throw distances.

High Brightness Lens Suite

  • 0.9:1
  • 1.13-1.66:1
  • 1.31-1.85:1
  • 1.45-2.17:1
  • 1.63-2.71:1
  • 1.95-3.26:1
  • 2.71-3.89:1
  • 3.89-5.43:1
  • 4.98-7.69:1

Premium 4K Lens Suite

  • 1.35-1.84:1
  • 1.45-2.10
  • 1.65-2.7:1
  • 1.98-3.4:1
  • Projection head (approx., LxWxH):
    46 x 25.6 x 18.6″ (1169 x 650 x 472mm)
  • Projection head weight as installed: 245lb max (111kg)
  • With shroud, no lens or TPC:
    (L x W x H): 53.9 x 25.6 x 19″ (1,369 x 650 x 483mm)
  • Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB-S2) 108-384107-XX
  • Christie NAS-S2 4TB Storage 108-502108-XX
  • Nema-L6 30A 250V male PWR plug w/1.5m cord 116-102104-XX
  • Power distribution unit 208V/120V 111-277001-XX
  • Variable aperture kits 38-813028-51
  • Rack mount stand 108-416102-XX
  • Inline 120V duct fan, 600-CFM 700120-074
  • As installed: 245lb max (111kg)


Additional Information

There seem to be a lot of laser projector product announcements from various manufacturers lately, often described as one of solid state, RGB laser, phosphor, hybrid, etc. What is Christie currently offering to the market, and why?

History tells us that the appropriate market entry point for advanced technologies, such as laser projection, ought to be one where there is a well-established market need. In this case, we believe the primary market need is for brighter projection in various applications such as 3D cinema, projection mapping, architectural displays, and special event venues. Using currently available technology, the only laser projection architecture that is particularly well-suited for these high brightness applications is the RGB laser projector. This simply means that all of the light for the system is generated by actual red, green, and blue laser devices rather than using a combination of other technologies.

Can you describe the main benefits of laser projection?

The primary benefit of laser projection is light output. We already know that a laser projector can produce at least twice as much light as a lamp-based projector, but the upper limit remains to be determined. Beyond that, laser projectors can be designed to achieve higher performance in other standard image quality parameters such as color gamut, contrast ratio, and dynamic range versus standard lamp-based machines. Finally, from an operational perspective, we expect that laser projectors will require far less maintenance and consumables than standard projectors. Laser projectors typically maintain approximately 80% of their brightness, even after 30,000 hours of operation.​

How bright are Christie laser projectors?

We are offering a scalable architecture that allows our systems to range from 10,000 to 60,000 lumens for a single projection head. In practice, we expect most systems to be over 30,000 lumens, as this is where the real value of laser projection is realized. If you want more than that, any Christie laser projection head can be easily paired up with another head to produce a 120,000 lumen system using our tried and proven Christie Duo technology, which we have perfected through numerous installations in the cinema space. Finally, if you need more light still, please contact Christie to discuss multiple head solutions that are capable of virtually unlimited light output.

Which Christie projector models can be “laser powered”?

We are offering high powered laser variants of our world-leading 4K cinema projectors, D4K60 large venue projectors, and our Mirage 4K 120Hz projectors for stereoscopic applications.

Is 3D better on a laser projector?

Absolutely! Laser projection offers the ability to efficiently increase system brightness while maintaining very low crosstalk between eyes. Combined with the basic image parameter improvements described above, this means that laser projection systems can produce more natural, immersive, and enjoyable 3D experiences in all applications.

When will Christie laser projectors be available?

We expect to begin installing these systems in limited quantities during the first half of 2014, with broad availability in late 2014. Please contact Christie for exact installation availability dates.

How much do laser projectors cost?

Like any cutting edge technology, there will be a significant premium for laser projectors at first. This will gradually decline as more projectors are sold and vendors reach economies of scale in their supply chain and manufacturing operations. Please contact Christie for a quotation based on your system requirements.

What about safety and regulatory issues?

We believe that laser projectors are no more dangerous than other high powered projection systems. However, with that said, in the USA we have been granted a manufacturer’s variance by the US Food & Drug Administration, which allows us to legally sell and install laser projectors in accordance with various safety guidelines imposed by the US government. It is our intent to apply the same such safety standards to any installation that we are involved with around the world.

What is speckle and do I have to worry about it?

Speckle is a visible artifact of laser projection caused by scattering of coherent light as it hits the projection screen. It manifests itself as a somewhat unique video noise pattern that a trained observer will see on the screen, especially in scenes with large areas of the same color and/or scenes with limited motion. Christie, along with other projector manufacturers and industry partners, is working hard to develop techniques for reducing speckle. However, the best approach right now is in the judicious selection of appropriate screen materials. As a general rule, lower gain screens tend to perform better than high gain screens, and silver coated screens (for polarization-based 3D systems) exhibit the worst speckle performance.