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RST adds four Christie Roadies

Good news for Christie from two directions. Dubai-based RST has added four Roadies to its inventory, while MicroTiles received an award at PALME.

AV service provider throughout the GCC countries, Dubai-based Resources Stage Technologies (RST), has boosted its inventory of top-end Christie projectors with the purchase of four Roadie HD+35K 1080 HD DLP units.

With a sister company, Wide Angle Production, operating from Beirut, the company collectively services events throughout the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria and Jordan.

Specialists in large-scale events, RST has been buying Christie products on a regular basis for the past five years and already owned a Roadie HD25K and HD30K (as well as a pair of LX1000 LCD projectors) before making this latest acquisition.

But with the Asian Beach Games 2010 in Muscat, Oman upcoming, RST needed even higher brightness projectors. “With the 2K resolution, the HD+35K would allow us to achieve this brightness while maintaining the same stock of Christie accessories — such as ballasts and lenses,” said company owner Sultan Thomas.

Producing 32,500 ANSI lumens (35,000 centre lumens), this latest Roadie features Christie’s flexible split-body design with separate switching lamp ballast, while the rear air exhaust hood improves ‘stackability’.

But it was the new motorized lens mount, enabling the lens position to be focused and adjusted using a remote control, that apparently caught Sultan Thomas’s eye. “The motorised lens, along with the 0.8:1 fixed lens, are great features,” he said. “Christie’s brand value and reputation for quality preceded them when we made this purchase, and the projectors are certainly proving their worth.”

Pictured are Sultan Thomas (in black jacket) with his technical manager, Bassam Mendelek.

Separately, Christie announced that its MicroTiles display technology had received the PALME Middle East Award for Most Innovative New AV Product of the Year.