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.

Optoma HD26 DLP Highly Rated
Like many other inexpensive home theater projectors, the HD26 is powerfully bright but feature-light, eschewing many of the bells and w... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 is the newest home entertainment projector from Epson and has already been attracting a lot of att... more»
Optoma GT1080 DLP Highly Rated
When the latest generation of game consoles boosted their resolution to 1080p, they left Optoma's 720p gaming projectors behind the cu... more»
InFocus IN3138HD DLP Highly Rated
The IN3138HD is the newest 1080p projector from InFocus. As a projector for classroom and business use, the IN3138HD's 4,000 lumens, na... more»
BenQ HT1075 DLP Highly Rated
The new BenQ HT1075 is the successor to the popular W1070. Announced at this year's CEDIA expo in Denver, the HT1075 doesn't make any w... more»
Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Editor's Choice
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»
At 4,000 lumens with HDTV native resolution, the NEC PE401H projector puts up outstanding data and video images at a modest price.... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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A measurement unit of total illumination. Typically a 100-watt light bulb outputs 1700 lumens over a wide area. Projector light output is measured in ANSI lumens. A projector with a higher lumen number will produce a brighter image for a given image size. See ANSI Lumens

Liquid Crystal Display. A display device for generating color images using a matrix of LCD pixel elements. Each pixel element consists of 3 sub-pixels and an RGB color filter of red (R), green (G), and blue (B). By controlling the voltage to each sub-pixel of an LCD, each cluster of RGB pixels can create a full spectrum of colored light. LCDs are used in flatscreen displays, cameras and notebook computers to name a few.

Nearly every projector made with LCD technology uses 3 separate LCDs, one each for red, green and blue. Light from the projector lamp is separated into RGB with a set of dichroic mirrors. The three light beams (RGB) are passed through separate LCDs and recombined to project a color image.

Dot Crawl:
Video artifact where little dots crawl along the borders of differing colors, particularly noticeable on graphics. Effect of composite encoding and easily removed by using s-video or component cabling. Will not disappear if the source was recorded using composite video and the artifact has been recorded.

Black Level:
The darkest part of a picture. This can vary between display devices and viewing environments. NTSC black is set at 7.5 IRE, which is very slightly gray. The white level divided by the black level gives a contrast ratio for a particular display device.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD26
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  BenQ W1070
4.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
5.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
6.  BenQ HT1075
7.  Optoma HD141X
8.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
9.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
10.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
11.  Optoma GT1080
12.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
13.  BenQ W1080ST
14.  Optoma HD25-LV
15.  LG PF85U
16.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
17.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
18.  Acer H6510BD
19.  Optoma HD91
20.  BenQ W1500
21.  BenQ W7500
22.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
23.  Optoma HD131Xe
24.  Optoma HD25e
25.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
26.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
27.  InFocus IN8606HD
28.  Optoma HD50
29.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
30.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
31.  BenQ W1400
32.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
34.  Optoma HD161X
35.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
36.  BenQ W7000
37.  JVC DLA-X500R
38.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
40.  ViewSonic Pro8200
41.  JVC DLA-X55R
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
43.  Optoma HD90
44.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
45.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
47.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
52.  Optoma HD30B
53.  JVC DLA-RS4910
54.  JVC DLA-X700R
55.  Optoma HD131Xw
56.  Vivitek H1180HD
57.  JVC DLA-X35B
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
59.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
60.  JVC DLA-RS49
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
62.  Vivitek H1185HD
63.  JVC DLA-RS57
64.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
65.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
66.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
67.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
68.  Vivitek H5085
69.  JVC DLA-RS6710
70.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
71.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
72.  SIM2 Nero 20th
73.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
74.  JVC DLA-X35BE
75.  JVC DLA-X35W