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Projector Sales Up 38% in Q3

Lower-price, lower resolution models lead the way as shipments of front projectors in the U.S. rise by 38 percent from July through September 2012 to $75M. DLP gains steam while LCOS struggles.


New data from Quixel Research shows more consumers are using front projectors as a solution for home theaters; however, the bulk of the growth is taking place among low-price, low-resolution units.

Quixel Research’s Q3 2012 Home Theater and Home Entertainment (HT-HE) Front Projection Market Review reveals a nice rebound for the projector category last quarter, with shipments up 38 percent from Q2’12 to Q3’12.

Revenues for projectors also grew to $75 million for the quarter, a 14 percent increase. However, the report indicates that lower resolution models gained volume share from Q2’12 to Q3’12. The report also notes that the DLP technology segment posted the highest growth Q2’12 to Q3’12, while LCOS units struggled.

For more information on how integrators are relying on the projector category, see “How I Saved My Business During the Recession.”

According to Tamaryn Pratt, Quixel Research’s principal, “After a tough second quarter, the residential front projection category saw a nice bounce in volume and value for Q3 2012. Manufacturers are expanding their offering in the low cost and low resolution segments, making the products available to a wider audience.”

She adds, “The DLP segment, which has been trailing the HT PolySilicon segment for year, really came alive in Q3, with shipments up 48 percent Q2’12 to Q3’12. The LCOS segment continues to struggle, and declined for the second quarter in a row.”

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Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

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