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 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»
JVC DLA-RS440U D-ILA Editor's Choice
As you might expect from any JVC Reference Series Custom Install Projector, the JVC DLA-RS440U's image quality alone makes it worth con... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Color Bars:
Calibration pattern used to adjust the brightness, saturation and hue of video displays.

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.

Frequency Response:
Measures the frequencies a component is capable of reproducing and how well it does it. Usually stated as a set of frequencies with a variance measured in decibels (dB). The ideal is to have no variance or flat response, along with a wide range of frequencies.

Comb Filter:
Reduces interference between color and luminance signals carried in composite video. Better than a notch filter and in order from worst to best quality, 2-line, 3-line and 3D.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD143X
2.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
3.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
4.  Epson 5040UB
5.  Sony HW45ES
6.  Optoma HD142x
7.  BenQ HT2050A
8.  Optoma HD29Darbee
9.  Optoma HD27
10.  BenQ HT2150ST
11.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
12.  Optoma HD27e
13.  Epson 4000
14.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson Europe EH-TW650
17.  Optoma HD39Darbee
18.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
19.  Epson 3700
20.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
21.  JVC DLA-X590R
22.  Epson 3100
23.  BenQ TH671ST
24.  JVC DLA-RS440U
25.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
26.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
27.  Epson Europe TW9300
28.  LG HF85JA
29.  Epson 6040UB
30.  BenQ HT3050
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
32.  Sony HW65ES
33.  BenQ HT1070A
34.  LG PF1000UW
35.  JVC LX-UH1B
36.  LG HF80JA
37.  Epson 5040UBe
38.  ViewSonic PX700HD
39.  BenQ MH530FHD
40.  JVC DLA-X790R
41.  Optoma GT5500+
42.  LG PF1500W
43.  JVC LX-UH1W
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
45.  Acer H6517ST
46.  Epson LS10500
47.  ViewSonic PX706HD
49.  JVC DLA-X5900BE
50.  JVC DLA-RS540U
51.  BenQ HT4050
52.  Epson 4040
53.  Acer Z650
54.  JVC DLA-X570R
55.  JVC DLA-X990R
56.  ViewSonic PX800HD
57.  Vivitek H1188
58.  Epson Europe TW9300W
59.  JVC DLA-RS640U
60.  Epson 3900
61.  ViewSonic LS820
62.  JVC X550R
63.  JVC DLA-RS420
64.  Optoma HD28DSE
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
66.  BenQ HT6050
67.  JVC DLA-X7900BE
68.  JVC DLA-X5900WE
69.  JVC DLA-RS520
70.  BenQ W8000
71.  JVC X750R
72.  JVC DLA-X9900BE
73.  JVC DLA-X770R
74.  JVC DLA-RS620
75.  Epson Pro 6030UB