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.

Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Highly Rated
Sony has just released the VPL-HW40ES, a 1080p SXRD home theater projector. At $2,499, it is the most affordable Sony home theater proj... more»
InFocus IN8606HD DLP
All in all, the IN8606HD is a solid projector, but stiff competition in the sub-$1000 home video projector market means that it is not ... more»
LG PF85U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF85U is a brand new, highly anticipated, LED-based home entertainment projector from LG Electronics. It includes a huge variety... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Diagonal:
The diagonal of a screen or flat panel can be computed by using the Pythagorean theorem: squaring the width, squaring the height, adding them together and taking the square root. A 100" diagonal 16:9 screen measures 49" high by 87" wide; a 100" diagonal 4:3 screen measures 60" high by 80" wide. Use the Projection Calculator to get screen dimensions on all common aspect ratios.

Attenuate:
To reduce. Turning the volume down on your television set is attenuating it.

Poly-Si (silicon) LCD:
One of several projector display technologies. Monochrome Poly-Si LCDs are typically placed in each of the three color (red, green, blue) light paths inside a projector to produce a color image from a common light source. Poly-Si technology is a bit faster than the Active Matrix TFT providing slightly smoother video.

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).
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
5.  Optoma HD25-LV
6.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
7.  BenQ W1080ST
8.  LG PF85U
9.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
10.  Acer H6510BD
11.  Optoma HD131Xe
12.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
13.  BenQ W1500
14.  Optoma HD91
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
16.  Optoma HD25e
17.  Optoma HD26
18.  InFocus IN8606HD
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
20.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
21.  BenQ W7500
22.  Optoma GT1080
23.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
24.  BenQ HT1075
25.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
26.  BenQ W7000
27.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
28.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
29.  BenQ W1400
30.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
31.  JVC DLA-X55R
32.  JVC DLA-X500R
33.  ViewSonic Pro8200
34.  ViewSonic Pro9000
35.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
36.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
37.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
39.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
40.  Optoma HD90
41.  Optoma HD30B
42.  Optoma HD131Xw
43.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
44.  JVC DLA-X700R
45.  JVC DLA-RS49
46.  JVC DLA-X35B
47.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW9100
49.  JVC DLA-RS4910
50.  Vivitek H1180HD
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
52.  Vivitek H1185HD
53.  JVC DLA-RS57
54.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
55.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
56.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
57.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
58.  Vivitek H5085
59.  EIKI EIP-HDT30
60.  SIM2 M.120
61.  LG HECTO
62.  SIM2 Grand Cinema LUMIS 3D PF
63.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
64.  JVC DLA-RS67
65.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
66.  JVC DLA-X35BE
67.  JVC DLA-X35W
68.  JVC DLA-X75R
69.  Vivitek H5080
70.  JVC DLA-RS6710
71.  Runco LightStyle LS-5
72.  SIM2 Domino SIRIO 2014
73.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000
74.  SIM2 M.150
75.  JVC DLA-X700RBE