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.

Optoma HD28DSE DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD28DSE is the company's newest portable 1080p home theater projector. ("DSE" stands for "Darbee Special Edition," in refere... more»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a... more»
NEC V302H DLP Highly Rated
The new NEC NP-V302H is a rock-solid 1080p projector for conference rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Sporting a maximum output of ... more»
InFocus IN119HDx DLP
The InFocus IN119HDx is a new low-cost 1080p projector for business and education. With a compact design, bright picture, and long esti... more»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»
Acer H6517ST DLP Highly Rated
This tiny 1080p projector boasts 3,000 lumens, so you can use it in rooms with windows and ambient light. Its defining feature, though,... more»
LG PF1500 DLP Highly Rated
Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED lit projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of ... more»
Optoma HD50 DLP Highly Rated
With the new Optoma HD50 home theater projector, Optoma continues a trend of delivering low-cost, high quality projectors to consumers.... more»
JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA Highly Rated
The JVC X500R is a member of the third generation of e-Shift projectors. With over a thousand lumens of calibrated light output and sup... more»
BenQ HC1200 DLP Highly Rated
The HC1200 is a novel concept: it's a reference-grade 1080p conference room projector. Instead of maximizing light output at the expens... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Home Cinema 3000 is an upgrade to its predecessor in just about every measurable way. A bold, bright image makes it a good fit for ... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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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.

dB or decibel is a measure of relative loudness. 0 dB is the threshold of hearing. 60 dB is equivalent to normal conversation. 120 to 140 dB is the threshold of pain such as a jackhammer or gun shot. 10 db of change will double the loudness.

IEEE 1394:
Also called FireWire or iLink. A serial bus which can address up to 63 devices, communicating at up to 400Mbps but is limited to a cable length of 4.5 meters. Its content copy protection scheme is called DTCP or 5C. Most DV camcorders have a IEEE 1394 port as well as D-VHS VCRs and some set-top boxes for cable and satellite.

Reverberation Time:
Measurement of reflected sound to dissipate within a room by -60dB given in seconds. A home theater should be around .4 seconds.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD28DSE
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
5.  Optoma HD26
6.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
7.  Optoma HD141X
8.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
9.  LG PF1500
10.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
11.  BenQ HT1075
12.  Vivitek H1186-WT
13.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
14.  Optoma HD37
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
16.  Optoma GT1080
17.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
18.  BenQ W1080ST
19.  JVC DLA-X500R
20.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
21.  Optoma HD50
22.  Acer H6510BD
23.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
24.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
25.  Optoma HD25-LV
26.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
27.  Acer H6517ST
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
29.  BenQ W7500
30.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
33.  Optoma HD91
34.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
35.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
36.  BenQ HT3050
37.  BenQ HT2050
38.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
39.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
41.  LG PF85U
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
43.  Optoma HD161X
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
45.  BenQ HT4050
46.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
48.  ViewSonic Pro9000
49.  ViewSonic Pro8200
50.  Optoma HD151X
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
52.  Optoma HD91+
53.  JVC DLA-X700R
54.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
55.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
58.  Optoma HD131Xw
59.  Vivitek H1185HD
60.  Acer H7550ST
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
62.  JVC DLA-RS4910
63.  Optoma HD30
64.  Optoma HD90
65.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
66.  JVC DLA-RS49
67.  Vivitek H1180HD
68.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
69.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
70.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
71.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
72.  JVC DLA-RS57
73.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
74.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
75.  Optoma HD50-WHD