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Essentially there are close to 70 manufacturers selling projectors in the United States and the EU. These would be companies fully set up with distribution, service, and support. There are literally hundreds of other manufacturers, primarily, Chinese, that do sell projectors, mostly the very small Pico ones. We do not track those because even when available, from companies like Amazon.com, we cannot be sure of whether they offer professional support and service. Therefore, these are the major manufacturers you should be considering. If we were to really break it down, there are no more than a dozen companies in the home entertainment and home theater space. Almost all of which would be counted among the top 30 manufacturers of business and education projectors.
Digital Projection Projectors
Dream Vision Projectors
HB Opto Projectors
Knoll Systems Projectors
Radio Shack Projectors
Studio Experience Projectors
BenQ is a leading manufacturer of DLP projectors for Business, Education, Home Theater and Home Entertainment. A Taiwanese company, BenQ offers projectors from pocket LEDs up to high brightness projectors suitable for classrooms – K-12 and higher education, conference rooms, and auditoriums. They market some of the most popular home entertainment and home theater projectors available, primarily in the $1,000 or less price range. The bottom line? If you need a projector, BenQ likely has one that will fit your needs and be ultra-friendly to your wallet.
Canon Projectors come from the same folks that currently dominate the high end consumer and professional camera industry. Their projectors – using LCoS or LCD designs, have excellent color and sharpness. Canon may be best known for making projectors for the education and medical markets. They have an extensive lineup that also focuses on portable, install, and commercial business projectors.
Epson lays claim to being the largest manufacturer of projectors in the world. They are also the leader and primary manufacturer of the type of LCD panels that go into projectors. That is their edge over the competition. Epson produces more models in more projector categories than anyone typically offering more than 125 projector models on their US website. Epson is also big on color brightness – with all their projectors offering as many color lumens as white ones. That translates into much better color near maximum power, and requires giving up little brightness to get the best possible picture! FYI: Projectors with low color lumens often have to give up up to half their brightness to look really good.
Epson Projectors is one of the largest suppliers to US schools. They offer an aggressive program for the schools, called Brighter Futures, that makes their projectors and accessories less expensive than most. Epson has stood out over the years for winning many awards relating to their warranty, replacement and post-sales support programs, which are excellent – almost legendary. Epson projectors have over 50% market share in the US (actually North America). Source – Pacific Media Associates
Epson also dominates the category of interactive projectors, with a full line-up typically 8 or more models. Most competitors offer one or two (or none).
Hitachi 3LCD projectors are designed primarily for the business and education market, as well as for installation in auditoriums and conference rooms. For the classroom, they offer short-throw, interactive projector models. Also, many models have 3 year warranties and long life filters, adding to their value proposition. There are also installation models with multiple lens options.
InFocus has been a well-known US projector manufacturer for many years. InFocus concentrates their expertise on DLP projectors for business and education applications, including short-throw and interactive models. InFocus also makes a line of projectors designed for conference room and installation use, including HD 3D multimedia models.
LG projectors are designed for portability and value, with LED lamps offering up to 30,000 hours of lamp life. LG projectors are ideal for gaming and home entertainment and to be moved from room to room as needed.
Optoma is a successful Taiwanese manufacturer of business projectors, classroom projectors, quality home theater projectors, and gaming. In the United States, Optoma is the number one seller of DLP projectors. With resolutions from SVGA to Full HD 3D, there are a large range of projectors to choose from.
Optoma projectors use DLP technology and boast specifications such as: brilliant color, bright images, rapid on-off feature, password protection, and a vast range of connectivity options.
Advanced network features including message broadcast, remote management and control, and built-in security management, are found on many Optoma projectors.
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