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Home Theater, Laser, Business Projectors - Best Sellers July 2016/Sept. 2016 by PMA

PMA publishes bi-monthly, a list of the best selling projectors in the Home Entertainment, Mainstream and 4,000-plus lumen categories. A little background on the PMA reports: Several times a year Pacific Media Associates releases a list of the top five projectors in varying categories. They’ve been doing this since the 1990s, and the releases continue to provide our industry with valuable information. We combine their data to produce our summaries and comments for your information.

Just so you know, a one/two month snapshot doesn’t always give you a complete feel of the projector market as a whole. Some models always show up on PMA’s lists; others change from month to month. PMA also selects different projector categories to analyze in alternate months.

For further explanation, PMA puts out these tidbits, with their goal of selling their research to the various projector manufacturers.  Since projectors are sold through a number of different marketing channels, any given report has some limitations that the full PMA reports would deal with.

One example, is Mainstream projectors.  Seems that in some of these updates, PMA looks at mainstream projectors using the large distributors for their numbers.  In another month, they might look at that same category but show the top sellers among the largest dealers, many of whom buy direct from the manufacturer, bypassing distribution.

The end result - in one month's report, the mainstream list may be dominated by brands that primarily sell through distributors, and the next month, the short report favors manufacturers that sell direct to large dealers.  Then there's also the direct sales from manufacturers' own e-commerce sites, which may not be counted in either report.

All that said, if you look at a few months (2 or three of these blogs), you'll get a great idea of what are the best selling projectors, or, more realistically, which series of projectors dominate sales.

Let’s go!

July Top Projectors By Sales And Category

The leaders in the Laser Projectors were mostly business units.

Best Selling Laser Projectors 7/16
Projector Comments
 #1 Panasonic PT-RZ570W  WUXGA, 5200 lumens, PIP
#2 Sony VPL-FHZ55  Hot Product Award, read our full review here
 #3 Sony VPL-FWZ60  3LCD, WXGA, power zoom, optional lenses
 #4 Sony VPL-FHZ65  Hot Product Award, read our full review here
 #5 NEC NP-P502HL 16:9 HD, 15:000:1 contrast ratio,  closed-captioning, blackboard mode



Best Selling Mainstream Projectors 7/16
Projector Comment
 #1 Epson BrightLink 595Wi
 #2 Epson PowerLite 98H
#3 Epson PowerLite 99WH
 #4 BrightLink 585Wi
 #5 NEC NP-M323X



Best Selling Home Entertainment Projectors 7/16
Projector Comment
 #1 Optoma HD141X
 #2 Epson Home Cinema 2040
 #3 ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
 #4 Optoma HD26
 #5 Optoma HD142X


Now let’s look at September’s best sellers.

September's Top Projectors By Sales And Category


Best Selling 4,000 + Lumen Projectors 9/16
Projector Comment
 #1 Optoma EH416
 #2  Panasonic PT-RZ570W
 #3 NEC NP-P401W
#4 Epson PowerLite 1940W
 #5 Hitachi CP-X5022WN



Best Selling Mainstream Projectors  9/16
Projector Comment
 #1 Epson PowerLite 98H  XGA (1024x768), 3000 lumens, 3LCD, great for BYOD classrooms
 #2 Epson PowerLite X27
 #3 NEC NP-M323X
 #4 Epson PowerLite 97H
 #5 InFocus IN114x



Best Selling Home Entertainment Projectors 9/16
Projector Comment
 #1  Optoma HD142X
 #2  Epson Home Cinema 640
 #3  Optoma GT1080
 #4 ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Low Cost Full HD 3D, $689 MSRP
 #5  BenQ HT2050

Not a whole lot of surprises either month.  Although back in February, PMA reported the Sony FHZ60 as #3 in 4000 lumen plus projectors.  That, I believe, may be the first time a laser projector made their top 5 lists.

Epson and Optoma typically dominate the consumer side, with Optoma stronger in the sub-$1000 home entertainment projector market - (although the #4 ranked Epson HC2040 is also under $1000).  Epson's top seller, is a home Theater projector, the 5030UB, is $2000+ model, home theater projector.  Viewsonic is also not a stranger to the consumer list.

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