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.

Vivitek DH765Z-UST DLP Highly Rated
If you need a 120" to 150" ultra short throw solution for conference room or classroom, make sure to take a look at the new Vivitek DH7... more»
AAXA M6 Pico DLP Highly Rated
The AAXA M6 delivers a unique mix of native HD 1080p resolution, a 2.5-pound weight for easy portability, and a low price, at only $599... more»
LG HF80JA DLP Highly Rated
The LG Electronics HF80JA Smart Laser Home Theater Projector is definitely unique. Think of it as a portable 90" flat screen HDTV that ... more»
JVC DLA-RS520 D-ILA Editor's Choice
If there is one word the JVC DLA-RS520 brings to mind it would be elegance. It is, quite simply, a beautifully refined and precision-en... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Liquid Crystal on Silicon. Type of LCD panel that reflects light as opposed to blocking it. Usually offers a comparatively high fill rate creating a smooth image but generally has difficulty giving a high contrast ratio.

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.

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.

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 HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  BenQ HT2050
6.  Optoma HD27
7.  BenQ HT2150ST
8.  Epson 3100
9.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  Optoma HD39Darbee
12.  Optoma HD29Darbee
13.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
14.  Epson 3700
15.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
16.  Optoma GT1080
17.  Epson 4000
18.  BenQ HT3050
19.  Panasonic AE8000
20.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
21.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
22.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
23.  BenQ W2000
24.  BenQ MH530FHD
25.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
26.  BenQ HT1070
27.  LG HF85JA
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
29.  Epson 6040UB
30.  Sony HW65ES
31.  JVC DLA-RS520
32.  BenQ HT1070A
33.  LG PF1500
34.  Epson 5040UBe
35.  JVC DLA-X570R
36.  LG HF80JA
37.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
38.  JVC DLA-RS420
39.  Epson Europe TW9300
40.  BenQ HT4050
41.  Optoma HD28DSE
42.  BenQ W1110
43.  LG PF1000U
44.  Acer H6502BD
45.  Optoma GT5500+
46.  Epson 4040
47.  LG PF1500W
48.  JVC DLA-RS440K
49.  Acer H6517ST
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
51.  Acer Z650
52.  BenQ HC1200
53.  JVC DLA-RS540K
54.  Optoma GT5500
55.  JVC DLA-X990R
56.  LG PF1000UW
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
58.  Acer H7550ST
59.  ViewSonic LS820
60.  Epson Pro LS10000
61.  Epson 3900
62.  JVC DLA-X790RBK
63.  JVC DLA-X770R
64.  Epson LS10500
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
66.  JVC DLA-RS620
67.  BenQ HT6050
68.  JVC X5000BE
69.  Epson Pro 6030UB
70.  Optoma HD91+
71.  Vivitek H1188
72.  ViewSonic PX800HD
73.  Epson Europe TW9300W
74.  JVC DLA-X590RBK
75.  BenQ W8000
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