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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ANSI Contrast:
Contrast is the ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a projector to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. There are two methods used by the projection industry: 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 projectors 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 projector.

Diagonal:
The diagonal of a screen or flat panel can be computed by using the Pythagorean theorem: squaring the width, squaring the height, adding them together and taking the square root. A 100" diagonal 16:9 screen measures 49" high by 87" wide; a 100" diagonal 4:3 screen measures 60" high by 80" wide. Use the Projection Calculator to get screen dimensions on all common aspect ratios.

Barrel Distortion:
Distortion where screen image expands outward towards edges of the screen. Instead of being square, edges are curved outward like the edge of a barrel. Opposite of pincushion.

Resonant Frequency:
The frequency at which any physical object naturally oscillates. All objects have this property including rooms, which will favor certain frequencies over others and may 'color' sound.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Optoma HD37
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  BenQ HT1075
9.  LG PF1500
10.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
11.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
12.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
14.  JVC DLA-X500R
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Optoma HD50
17.  BenQ W1080ST
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
19.  Acer H6517ST
20.  Acer H6510BD
21.  Optoma HD25-LV
22.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
23.  Optoma HD91
24.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
25.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
26.  BenQ W7500
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
28.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
29.  InFocus IN8606HD
30.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
32.  LG PF85U
33.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
34.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
35.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
36.  ViewSonic Pro8200
37.  Optoma HD161X
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
39.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
40.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
42.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
43.  Optoma HD91+
44.  Optoma HD131Xw
45.  ViewSonic Pro9000
46.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  Acer H7550ST
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
51.  Optoma HD90
52.  JVC DLA-X700R
53.  JVC DLA-RS4910
54.  Optoma HD30
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
56.  Vivitek H1185HD
57.  Vivitek H1180HD
58.  JVC DLA-RS49
59.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
60.  JVC DLA-RS57
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
62.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
65.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
66.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
67.  JVC DLA-RS6710
68.  Optoma HD30B
69.  JVC DLA-X700RBE
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
72.  JVC DLA-RS67
73.  Vivitek H5085
74.  JVC DLA-X500RWE
75.  SIM2 Grand Cinema Lumis 20th
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