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 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»
LG PF1000U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF1000U is in a class by itself. It is, in a nutshell, a portable big screen, full HD 1080p TV. It weighs under 5 lbs so you can... more»
Optoma HD142x DLP Highly Rated
Optoma's new HD142X full HD home theater projector puts up a gorgeous image with good contrast, natural flesh tones, and plenty of shad... 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»
BenQ MH530 DLP Highly Rated
BenQ lists the $599 MH530 as a home entertainment projector, but it's actually an inexpensive crossover model for home, office, and edu... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Chrominance-to-luminance delay:
State where color signal lags behind the brightness signal, which shows as color smearing or bleeding at the edge of objects.

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.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface that supports audio/video sources such as a set-top box, DVD player, A/V receiver, and video monitors such as a digital projector or digital television (DTV). HDMI is backward compatiable with DVI 1.0 specification and supports HDCP.

HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio, and interactive controls on a single cable. It transmits all ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committe) HDTV standards and supports 8-channel digital audio. First product releases using HDMI occurred in 2003.

Frequency Response:
Measures the frequencies a component is capable of reproducing and how well it does it. Usually stated as a set of frequencies with a variance measured in decibels (dB). The ideal is to have no variance or flat response, along with a wide range of frequencies.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Sony HW45ES
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Epson 3100
5.  BenQ HT2050
6.  Epson 3700
7.  Optoma GT1080
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
9.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
10.  BenQ HT2150ST
11.  Panasonic AE8000
12.  Optoma HD141X
13.  Optoma HD27
14.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
15.  BenQ TH670
16.  Optoma GT5500
17.  Optoma HD28DSE
18.  BenQ HT3050
19.  Epson 6040UB
20.  Optoma HD26
21.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
22.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
23.  Sony HW65ES
24.  LG PF1500
25.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
28.  LG HF80JA
29.  BenQ MH530
30.  JVC DLA-RS420
31.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
32.  Optoma HD50
33.  BenQ W1110
34.  Epson 4040
35.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
36.  Acer H6510BD
37.  Epson Europe TW9300
38.  BenQ HT4050
39.  Epson 5040UBe
40.  BenQ HT1070
41.  Optoma HD25-LV
42.  Epson 3900
43.  Optoma HD37
44.  Acer H6517ST
45.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
46.  Epson Pro LS10000
47.  Epson LS10500
48.  JVC DLA-RS520
49.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
50.  BenQ HT6050
51.  ViewSonic LS820
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
53.  Acer H6502BD
54.  JVC DLA-RS620
55.  JVC DLA-X570
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
58.  Epson Europe TW9300W
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
60.  Vivitek H1188
61.  Acer Z650
62.  Acer H7550ST
63.  JVC FH50
64.  Optoma HD91+
65.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
66.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
67.  JVC X5000BE
68.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
69.  Epson Pro 6030UB
70.  Epson Pro 4030
71.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
72.  BenQ BH3020
73.  Optoma HD30
74.  BenQ W8000
75.  JVC DLA-X970