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.

ViewSonic PX706HD DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic PX706HD ($700) is designed with a focus on gaming first and home theater second. The most obvious gaming-related feature ... more»
ViewSonic LS800HD DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic LS800HD is a 5000-lumen laser-driven 1920x1080 projector designed to perform in wide a range of environments -- from clas... more»
BenQ HT2050A DLP Highly Rated
The $749 BenQ HT2050A is a small step up in price from an entry level 1080p home theater projector but a significant step up in picture... more»
ViewSonic Pro7827HD DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic Pro7827HD is one of the more impressive choices in this eight-projector roundup. It delivers excellent color accuracy, th... more»
BenQ HT1070A DLP Highly Rated
At $599, the BenQ HT1070A is a solid value and a strong contender among sub-$700 home theater models, particularly for traditional home... more»
Epson Home Cinema 1060 3 LCD Highly Rated
Even at $649, the Epson Home Cinema 1060 delivers more than enough to make it a solid value, starting with the highest brightness for a... more»
Optoma HD27e DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD27e is a solid value at $599 street. An upgraded version of the Optoma HD27, it offers similar specs, but a slightly highe... more»
ViewSonic PJD7828HDL DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic PJD7828HDL is an impressive value for $589. It delivers the best contrast and sense of depth for any of its sub-$700 comp... more»
Optoma HD29Darbee DLP Highly Rated
With its DarbeeVision Image Processor, Full 3D, 16.5 ms input lag, and support for ISF Day and Night modes, the Optoma HD29Darbee deliv... more»
ViewSonic PJD7720HD DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic PJD7720HD delivers an awful lot for $530, starting with image quality that scores well for the price on contrast, on hold... more»
Optoma HD143X DLP Highly Rated
At just $549, the Optoma HD143X stands out for its low price for a 1080p home theater projector even among sub-$700 models. It is a lit... more»
If you want to upgrade your flat screen TV for a large 90" to 120" picture, the LG Laser Smart Home Theater Projector (model HF85JA) ma... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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White Level:
The signal level that corresponds to the maximum picture brightness. The white level is set by the contrast control.

Anamorphic Lens:
An anamorphic lens is a lens that has different optical magnification along mutually perpendicular radii. This provides the ability to project a source image of one aspect ratio, such as 4:3, into a different aspect ratio, such as 16:9, by using different magnifications for the horizontal and the vertical dimensions of the projected image.

The period of time that an electron gun is turned off to reposition itself to paint the next part of the video onto the CRT screen.

Color Temperature:
Color balance of white light which goes from red to blue as the temperature rises. Measured in degrees Kelvin, which starts at absolute 0 or –273 degrees Celsius, color temperature matches the reference standard of the light being emitted from a carbon block heated to the stated degrees. For instance, the early morning sun is around 2500K, which is the same warm light that a carbon block heated to 2227° Celsius would emit. Heating the block further to ~10000° Celsius would emit the same bluish light of a blue-sky mid-day sun. Common color temperatures are 5500 Kelvin (black and white movies) and 6500 Kelvin (standard color films).
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD143X
2.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  BenQ HT2050A
6.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
7.  Optoma HD142x
8.  Optoma HD27e
9.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
10.  BenQ HT2150ST
11.  Optoma HD27
12.  JVC DLA-X590R
13.  Optoma HD29Darbee
14.  Optoma HD39Darbee
15.  Epson 4000
16.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
17.  Optoma GT5500+
18.  Epson Europe EH-TW650
19.  BenQ TH671ST
20.  Epson 3700
21.  Optoma GT1080
22.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
23.  JVC DLA-RS440U
24.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
25.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
26.  ViewSonic PX706HD
27.  LG HF85JA
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
29.  LG PF1000UW
30.  BenQ MH530FHD
31.  BenQ HT1070A
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
33.  BenQ HT3050
34.  Epson Europe TW9300
35.  Sony HW65ES
36.  JVC DLA-X790R
37.  Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB
38.  JVC LX-UH1B
39.  LG PF1500W
40.  ViewSonic PX700HD
41.  Epson 3100
42.  JVC LX-UH1W
43.  Epson 5040UBe
44.  LG HF80JA
45.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
46.  JVC DLA-X570R
47.  JVC DLA-RS540U
48.  Acer H6517ST
49.  Epson LS10500
50.  JVC DLA-X5900BE
51.  ViewSonic PX800HD
52.  BenQ HT4050
53.  Optoma HD28DSE
54.  JVC DLA-X990R
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
56.  JVC DLA-RS420
57.  Vivitek H1188
58.  Epson 4040
59.  JVC DLA-X7900BE
60.  JVC DLA-RS520
61.  JVC X550R
62.  ViewSonic LS820
63.  JVC DLA-RS640U
64.  Acer Z650
65.  Epson 3900
66.  Epson Europe TW9300W
67.  JVC DLA-X770R
68.  JVC DLA-RS620
69.  BenQ HT6050
70.  BenQ W8000
71.  Epson Pro 6030UB
72.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500
73.  JVC DLA-X7900WE
74.  JVC DLA-X9900BE
75.  JVC DLA-X5900WE