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 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»
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL DLP Highly Rated
The Viewsonic PJD7822HDL, released this month, enters a crowded market. There are a lot of options for folks who need a 1080p projector... more»
Optoma HD141X DLP Highly Rated
Optoma's HD141X is a powerful little 1080p home theater projector that comes at a bargain price. Powerfully bright, the HD141X lacks th... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e is one of the best 1080p projectors we've ever had the pleasure of working with. It is a complete package,... more»
Optoma HD26 DLP Highly Rated
Like many other inexpensive home theater projectors, the HD26 is powerfully bright but feature-light, eschewing many of the bells and w... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 is the newest home entertainment projector from Epson and has already been attracting a lot of att... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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DLP (Digital Light Processing) is a commercial name for a display technology from Texas Instruments (TI). The technology inside is often referred to as DMD (Digital Micro-Mirrors). It consists of an array of mirrors where each mirror represents a pixel element. For example, a high-definition DLP projector or rear projector with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution would have over 2 million tiny mirrors. Each mirror is attached to an electronically driven hinge that controls the amount of colored light that is reflected from the mirror into the projection lens and onto a screen. Projection systems using DLP technology use 1 to 3 DMD devices.

The time between a device being requested to do something and the start of the device actually doing it. It’s a measurement usually used for LCDs where the shorter the latency the better. NSTC requires a latency of no more than 16ms in order to update the screen in time without leaving a ghost of the previous image.

Foot-Lambert (fL):
Measurement of luminance (brightness) emitted from a surface. One foot-Lambert is equal to one lumen per square foot. The metric equivalent of one foot-Lambert is 3.426259 nits or cd/m2. The SMPTE standard for theater cinema is 16 fL.

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.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Optoma HD26
4.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
5.  Optoma HD141X
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
7.  LG PF1500
8.  BenQ HT1075
9.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
10.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
11.  Optoma HD50
12.  JVC DLA-X500R
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
14.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
15.  BenQ W1080ST
16.  Optoma GT1080
17.  Acer H6517ST
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
19.  Optoma HD25-LV
20.  Acer H6510BD
21.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  Optoma HD91
24.  Optoma HD37
25.  BenQ W7500
26.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
28.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
29.  LG PF85U
30.  InFocus IN8606HD
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
32.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
33.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
34.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
35.  Optoma HD161X
36.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
37.  ViewSonic Pro8200
38.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
39.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
40.  ViewSonic Pro9000
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
42.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
43.  Optoma HD91+
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
45.  Acer H7550ST
46.  Optoma HD131Xw
47.  JVC DLA-X700R
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
50.  Optoma HD151X
51.  JVC DLA-RS4910
52.  Optoma HD90
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
54.  Optoma HD30
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
57.  Vivitek H1185HD
58.  Vivitek H1180HD
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
60.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
61.  JVC DLA-RS49
62.  JVC DLA-RS57
63.  Optoma HD30B
64.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
66.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
67.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
68.  JVC DLA-RS6710
69.  Vivitek H5085
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
72.  JVC DLA-RS67
73.  Vivitek H5080
74.  SIM2 Nero 3D-1
75.  Cineversum Laser Force
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