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.

Epson 5040UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
At $2,699, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB occupies a unique position in today's market, delivering image quality that rivals far more exp... more»
ViewSonic PX800HD DLP Highly Rated
With a street price of only $1,299, the ViewSonic PX800HD is one of the least expensive ultra short throw (UST) home theater projectors... more»
Sony HW45ES SXRD Highly Rated
For $1999, in today's market the Sony VPL-HW45ES is a stand out performer for both dark room home theater and less formal home entertai... more»
Epson 3900 3 LCD
The Epson Home Cinema 3900, at $1,999, is the most expensive variation of three highly similar Epson home theater projectors, a group t... more»
Epson 3700 3 LCD Highly Rated
The $1,499 Epson Home Cinema 3700 full HD home theater projector is the somewhat brighter near twin of the $1,299 Epson Home Cinema 310... more»
Epson 3100 3 LCD Editor's Choice
In Epson's current line of home theater projectors, their Home Cinema 3100 at $1299 is a step up in price from the entry level Home Cin... more»
Acer H6502BD DLP Highly Rated
Pairing a 3400-lumen rating with a $699 street price--and widely available online for a bit less--the Acer H6502BD is one of the bright... more»
Optoma GT5500 DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma GT5500 home entertainment projector stands out for its combination of ultra short throw, 3,500 lumen brightness, and low str... more»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... more»
Acer P6500 DLP Highly Rated
The Acer P6500 stands out as an extraordinary price value for both conference room and classroom applications. Its combination of light... more»
BenQ HT2150ST DLP Editor's Choice
The BenQ HT2150ST Gaming Projector is as perfect a projector for serious gaming as we have yet seen. It combines a rapid 16 ms input la... more»
ViewSonic LS820 DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic LS820 is a full HD (1920x1080) 3D home theater projector with two killer features that fully justify its $2999 MAP price.... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Screen Trigger:
A 12V connection from a projector to an electric screen which tells the screen to deploy when the projector is turned on and roll up when the projector is turned off.

Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry methods used: 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 video devices 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 video device.

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).

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.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  Sony HW45ES
4.  BenQ HT2050
5.  Epson 3100
6.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
7.  Optoma GT1080
8.  Epson 6040UB
9.  Optoma HD27
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
11.  BenQ HT2150ST
12.  Epson 3700
13.  Panasonic AE8000
14.  Optoma HD26
15.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
16.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
17.  BenQ TH670
18.  BenQ HT3050
19.  Optoma HD28DSE
20.  Optoma HD141X
21.  Sony HW65ES
22.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
23.  LG PF1500
24.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
25.  ViewSonic PX800HD
26.  Epson 5040UBe
27.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
29.  BenQ W1110
30.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
31.  Epson Europe TW9300
32.  LG PF1000U
33.  Epson LS10500
34.  Optoma HD50
35.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
36.  Optoma HD29Darbee
37.  Acer H6510BD
38.  BenQ HT1070
39.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
40.  JVC DLA-RS420
41.  Optoma GT5500+
42.  BenQ HC1200
43.  LG HF80JA
44.  JVC DLA-X570
45.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
46.  Epson 3900
47.  JVC DLA-RS520
48.  LG PF1000UW
49.  Epson 4040
50.  BenQ HT4050
51.  LG PF1500W
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
53.  Optoma GT5500
54.  Optoma HD25-LV
55.  Epson Pro LS10000
56.  JVC DLA-RS620
57.  Optoma HD37
58.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
59.  ViewSonic LS820
60.  Acer H6517ST
61.  Optoma HD91+
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
63.  BenQ HT6050
64.  Epson Pro 6030UB
65.  Acer H7550ST
66.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
67.  Epson Europe TW9300W
68.  Acer H6502BD
69.  Vivitek H1188
70.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
71.  JVC DLA-X770
72.  BenQ BH3020
73.  JVC FH50
74.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
75.  Optoma HD90