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.

Dell 4350 DLP
The Dell 4350 delivers native 1080p (1920x1080) HD resolution, but it's definitively meant for business and education rather than home ... more»
Sony VPL-HW65ES SXRD Highly Rated
The Sony VPL-HW65ES is the latest in a series of high performance 1080p home theater projectors, replacing last year's VPL-HW55ES. Like... more»
BenQ HT4050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT4050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $1,399, it i... more»
BenQ HT3050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT3050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors being released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $999, ... more»
Optoma HD28DSE DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD28DSE is the company's newest portable 1080p home theater projector. ("DSE" stands for "Darbee Special Edition," in refere... more»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a... more»
NEC V302H DLP Highly Rated
The new NEC NP-V302H is a rock-solid 1080p projector for conference rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Sporting a maximum output of ... more»
InFocus IN119HDx DLP
The InFocus IN119HDx is a new low-cost 1080p projector for business and education. With a compact design, bright picture, and long esti... more»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»
Acer H6517ST DLP Highly Rated
This tiny 1080p projector boasts 3,000 lumens, so you can use it in rooms with windows and ambient light. Its defining feature, though,... more»
LG PF1500 DLP Highly Rated
Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED lit projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of ... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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A process where a video image is delivered in two fields each containing half the video image rather than a single frame that contains the entire image. The first field contains all the odd lines and the second field contains all the even lines. For example, each 480i frame is made up of two fields of 263 and 262 lines of resolution and updated at 60Hz. 480 denotes the active picture area; however, the total frame size is actually 525 lines. 480i and 1080i are interlaced signals whereas 720p is a progressive signal where each video image is delivered in a single frame. Interlaced video was introduced with the first televisions because of bandwidth limitations.

Focal Length:
The distance from the surface of a lens to its focal point.

Missing information from a broadcast or recorded media and typically show up as white specks in an analog environment. Dropout is more pronounced with interframe compression techniques such as MPEG because the error displays until the next complete frame is drawn, otherwise known as an I-frame. This can take up to ½ a second.

Keystone Correction:
Keystone correction makes a projected image rectangular. This can be accomplished by positioning the projector to be perpendicular to the screen. Since this is not always possible, most projectors are equipped with keystone correction that allows the image to be keystone corrected (made rectangular) by adjusting optics, making mechanical adjustments, or applying digital scaling to the image. Keystone correction can be one or two dimensional and manual or automatic depending on the projector and the manufacturer. Be aware that digital scaling will introduce some artifacts that are more evident when viewing small text and less evident in presentation type material or video.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  BenQ HT3050
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
8.  Sony VPL-HW65ES
9.  Optoma HD141X
10.  Optoma HD28DSE
11.  BenQ HT4050
12.  LG PF1500
13.  BenQ HT1075
14.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
16.  Optoma GT1080
17.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
18.  BenQ W1080ST
19.  Optoma HD37
20.  Acer H6510BD
21.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
22.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
23.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
24.  Optoma HD50
25.  BenQ HT2050
26.  Vivitek H1186-WT
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
29.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
30.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
32.  Acer H6517ST
33.  BenQ TH670
34.  BenQ W7500
35.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
36.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
37.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
38.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
39.  BenQ W1110
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
43.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
45.  LG PF85U
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  ViewSonic Pro9000
49.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
52.  Acer H7550ST
53.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
54.  ViewSonic LightStream PJD7828HDL
55.  BenQ W1300
56.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
57.  Optoma HD30
58.  Optoma HD131Xw
59.  Vivitek H1188
60.  Optoma HD91+
61.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
63.  Optoma HD90
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
65.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
66.  Acer H7550STz
67.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
68.  Optoma HD30B
69.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
70.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
71.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
72.  Vivitek H5080
73.  Runco Q-750i
74.  SIM2 Nero 3D-2
75.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED