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 HD91 DLP
Optoma's newest home theater projector is what many have spent years waiting for - an affordable, high-quality 1080p projector with all... more»
BenQ W7500 DLP Highly Rated
The W7500 is BenQ's newest flagship home theater projector and the long-awaited successor to 2011's BenQ W7000. This 1080p DLP projecto... more»
ViewSonic Pro8520HD DLP Highly Rated
The Viewsonic Pro8520HD is a big bright model designed for use in conference rooms and board rooms. Promising up to 5,000 lumens of bri... more»
NEC PE401H DLP
At 4,000 lumens with HDTV native resolution, the NEC PE401H projector puts up outstanding data and video images at a modest price.... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 3 LCD
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 is a brand new projector in Epson's home theater line-up that does not replace or upgrade any exist... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB sits at the top of Epson's home theater projector line. As in previous years, Epson's Pro Cinema... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
This year's CEDIA trade show in Denver saw Epson refresh its entire home theater projector line. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is Epson's most attractive home video projector to date. It features many of the best features of ... more»
BenQ W1500 DLP Highly Rated
At $1599, the W1500 is not as inexpensive as some other DLP video projectors released this year, but the W1500 includes features not fo... more»
ViewSonic PJD7820HD DLP Highly Rated
ViewSonic has cracked the $800 barrier with a capable HD home video projector. The PJD7820HD is small, light, and at 3,000 lumens it is... more»
Optoma HD25-LV DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD25-LV is a higher brightness version of their popular HD25 built for living room use. The HD25-LV costs a little bit more;... more»
JVC DLA-X55R D-ILA Highly Rated
Built with home theater in mind, the X55 is a videophile's dream. JVC's home theater projectors have always had excellent black level p... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Black Level:
The darkest part of a picture. This can vary between display devices and viewing environments. NTSC black is set at 7.5 IRE, which is very slightly gray. The white level divided by the black level gives a contrast ratio for a particular display device.

Maximum Image Size:
The largest image a projector can reasonable throw in a darkened room. Consult the Projection Calculator for guidance on proper placement of a projector for a given screen and content.

Long Throw Lens:
A long throw lens allows greater distance between the projector and the screen while being able to maintain the image size and brightness of a shorter throw lens for any given projector. Depending on the room, a long throw lens may be required due to mounting constraints nearer the projected image.

Aspect Ratio:
The ratio of image width to image height. Standard television is 4:3 or 1.33:1. Panavision or Cinemascope is 2.35:1 with 1.85:1 being quite common as well. Widescreen displays are 1.78:1 or 16:9.times the height. For example, if you want an image 40 inches high then you need a screen that is at least 40 * 1.78 inches wide or 71 inches. Other relatively common aspect ratios are 3:2, 4:3 and 5:4.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD91
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
5.  LG PF85U
6.  BenQ W7500
7.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
8.  Optoma HD25-LV
9.  BenQ W1080ST
10.  Acer H6510BD
11.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
12.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
13.  BenQ W1500
14.  Optoma HD131Xe
15.  Optoma HD25e
16.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
17.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
18.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
20.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
21.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
22.  Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL
23.  BenQ W7000
24.  JVC DLA-X55R
25.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
27.  BenQ W1400
28.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
29.  ViewSonic Pro9000
30.  ViewSonic Pro8200
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
32.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
34.  JVC DLA-X500R
35.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
36.  InFocus IN8606HD
37.  Optoma HD30B
38.  Optoma HD131Xw
39.  JVC DLA-X35B
40.  Mitsubishi HC7900DW
41.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
42.  JVC DLA-RS4910
43.  JVC DLA-RS49
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000
45.  Vivitek H1180HD
46.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
47.  JVC DLA-X700R
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
49.  SharpVision XV-Z17000
50.  SharpVision XV-Z30000
51.  JVC DLA-X35W
52.  JVC DLA-RS46
53.  Vivitek H1185HD
54.  JVC DLA-RS57
55.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
56.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
57.  InFocus SP8600HD3D
58.  Optoma HD21
59.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
60.  InFocus IN8601
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW6000
62.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW5900
64.  ViviBright PLF-1080ST
65.  LG HECTO
66.  Sim2 Crystal Cube
67.  JVC DLA-X35BE
68.  JVC DLA-X95R
69.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
70.  Vivitek H5080
71.  EIKI EIP-HDT30
72.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
73.  Knoll Systems HDP2150
74.  JVC DLA-RS56
75.  Epson Europe EH-TW6000W