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.

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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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IEEE 1394:
Also called FireWire or iLink. A serial bus which can address up to 63 devices, communicating at up to 400Mbps but is limited to a cable length of 4.5 meters. Its content copy protection scheme is called DTCP or 5C. Most DV camcorders have a IEEE 1394 port as well as D-VHS VCRs and some set-top boxes for cable and satellite.

High-Definition Digital Versatile Disc. Two formats have been proposed for these high-capacity DVDs, including Blu-ray and the generically named HD-DVD. Blu-ray is backed by Sony and Panasonic among others through the Blu-ray Disc Association and HD-DVD is backed by NEC and Toshiba through the DVD Forum. Blu-ray uses a higher resolution blue laser allowing for more disk capacity than HD-DVD, 25GB compared 15GB per layer. At present Blu-ray is more expensive and cannot be replicated on existing manufacturing lines.

High Definition Compatible Digital commonly known as High Definition Compact Disc. Codec for traditional audio CDs with audio resolution of 20 bits for more accurate replication of the original sound.

Throw Distance:
Throw distance is the measurement from the projector's lens to the screen. A projector with a zoom lens will have a range of throw distances for any given image size, while a projector without a zoom lens will only be able to project one image size at a given distance from the screen. In Projector Central's articles, throw distance is normally quoted for a 100" diagonal screen.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Optoma HD27
6.  BenQ HT2050
7.  Epson 3100
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
9.  BenQ HT2150ST
10.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
11.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
12.  Optoma HD29Darbee
13.  Epson 3700
14.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Panasonic AE8000
17.  BenQ HT3050
18.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
19.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
20.  BenQ W2000
21.  Epson 6040UB
22.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
23.  Epson 4000
24.  Sony HW65ES
25.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
26.  BenQ HT1070
27.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
28.  BenQ MH530FHD
29.  JVC DLA-RS520
30.  LG PF1500
31.  Optoma HD28DSE
32.  LG HF80JA
33.  JVC DLA-RS420
34.  Epson Europe TW9300
35.  Epson 5040UBe
36.  Optoma HD39Darbee
37.  JVC DLA-X570R
38.  BenQ W1110
39.  LG PF1500W
40.  LG PF1000U
41.  Epson Pro LS10000
42.  BenQ HT1070A
43.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
44.  LG ProBeam UST
45.  Acer H6502BD
46.  BenQ HT4050
47.  Acer H6517ST
48.  Epson 4040
49.  Optoma GT5500
50.  Optoma GT5500+
51.  JVC DLA-X990R
52.  Epson LS10500
53.  JVC DLA-X790RBK
54.  JVC DLA-X770R
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
56.  ViewSonic LS820
57.  JVC DLA-X590RBK
58.  LG PF1000UW
59.  Vivitek H1188
60.  BenQ HC1200
61.  JVC DLA-RS540K
62.  Acer H7550ST
63.  Epson Europe TW9300W
64.  BenQ HT6050
65.  Epson 3900
66.  Acer Z650
67.  JVC DLA-RS620
68.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
69.  ViewSonic PX800HD
70.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
71.  JVC DLA-RS640K
72.  Optoma HD91+
73.  JVC X5000BE
74.  JVC DLA-RS440K
75.  BenQ W8000