1080p Projectors for the Ultimate Home Theater

1080p projectors are the ideal solution for top of the line home theater performance. When making your choice, consider throw distance and lens shift features (if needed) to make sure the model you want can be installed comfortably into your intended viewing room. All models are sufficiently bright for dark room viewing on screens up to 110" diagonal. However, some are brighter and can accommodate ambient light or larger screen sizes.

Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Highly Rated
Sony has just released the VPL-HW40ES, a 1080p SXRD home theater projector. At $2,499, it is the most affordable Sony home theater proj... more»
InFocus IN8606HD DLP
All in all, the IN8606HD is a solid projector, but stiff competition in the sub-$1000 home video projector market means that it is not ... more»
LG PF85U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF85U is a brand new, highly anticipated, LED-based home entertainment projector from LG Electronics. It includes a huge variety... more»
Optoma HD91 DLP
Optoma's newest home theater projector is what many have spent years waiting for - an affordable, high-quality 1080p projector with all... more»
BenQ W7500 DLP Highly Rated
The W7500 is BenQ's newest flagship home theater projector and the long-awaited successor to 2011's BenQ W7000. This 1080p DLP projecto... more»
ViewSonic Pro8520HD DLP Highly Rated
The Viewsonic Pro8520HD is a big bright model designed for use in conference rooms and board rooms. Promising up to 5,000 lumens of bri... more»
At 4,000 lumens with HDTV native resolution, the NEC PE401H projector puts up outstanding data and video images at a modest price.... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 3 LCD
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 is a brand new projector in Epson's home theater line-up that does not replace or upgrade any exist... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB sits at the top of Epson's home theater projector line. As in previous years, Epson's Pro Cinema... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
This year's CEDIA trade show in Denver saw Epson refresh its entire home theater projector line. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is Epson's most attractive home video projector to date. It features many of the best features of ... more»
BenQ W1500 DLP Highly Rated
At $1599, the W1500 is not as inexpensive as some other DLP video projectors released this year, but the W1500 includes features not fo... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Convergence Error:
Colors of a color component display such as a CRT or projector do not line up correctly to create a proper image and create color halos or incorrect color.

Keystone Correction:
Keystone correction makes a projected image rectangular. This can be accomplished by positioning the projector to be perpendicular to the screen. Since this is not always possible, most projectors are equipped with keystone correction that allows the image to be keystone corrected (made rectangular) by adjusting optics, making mechanical adjustments, or applying digital scaling to the image. Keystone correction can be one or two dimensional and manual or automatic depending on the projector and the manufacturer. Be aware that digital scaling will introduce some artifacts that are more evident when viewing small text and less evident in presentation type material or video.

Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry methods used: 1) Full On/Off contrast measures the ratio of the light output of an all white image (full on) and the light output of an all black (full off) image. 2) ANSI contrast is measured with a pattern of 16 alternating black and white rectangles. The average light output from the white rectangles is divided by the average light output of the black rectangles to determine the ANSI contrast ratio. When comparing the contrast ratio of video devices make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for the same video device.

A method to fit source material of a different resolution or aspect ratio onto another. Sometimes used with computer input when the input resolution exceeds the resolution of the display device. Used extensively for broadcast and DVDs, it simply crops the sides of widescreen material and the transfer operator chooses the best part of the frame to show. Often an electronic camera pan is used to change the area being shown. This is used when characters are talking to each other but one is off screen due to cropping and they become the focus of the shot.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  Optoma HD25-LV
6.  BenQ W1080ST
7.  LG PF85U
8.  Optoma HD91
9.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
10.  Optoma HD131Xe
11.  Optoma HD25e
12.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
13.  Acer H6510BD
14.  BenQ W1500
15.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
16.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
17.  InFocus IN8606HD
18.  BenQ W7500
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
20.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
21.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
22.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
23.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
24.  BenQ W1400
25.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
26.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
27.  BenQ W7000
28.  JVC DLA-X55R
29.  ViewSonic Pro8200
30.  ViewSonic Pro9000
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
32.  JVC DLA-X500R
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
34.  Optoma HD30B
35.  Optoma HD131Xw
36.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
37.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
39.  Vivitek H1180HD
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
41.  JVC DLA-X700R
42.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
43.  JVC DLA-RS4910
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW5900
45.  Vivitek H1185HD
46.  JVC DLA-RS49
47.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW9100
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW6000
51.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000
52.  JVC DLA-X35B
53.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
54.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
55.  JVC DLA-RS57
56.  Optoma HD21
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000
59.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
61.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
62.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
63.  JVC DLA-X35W
64.  JVC DLA-X95R
65.  Vivitek H5080
66.  JVC DLA-RS6710
67.  Runco LightStyle LS-5
68.  Knoll Systems HDO2200
69.  JVC DLA-X35BE
70.  JVC DLA-RS67
71.  Epson Europe EH-TW6000W
72.  SIM2 M.150
73.  Runco LightStyle LS-1
74.  SIM2 Domino SIRIO 2014
75.  JVC DLA-X75R