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 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»
NEC U321H DLP Highly Rated
If NEC is not the first name that comes to mind when you are looking for a 1080p short-throw projector, their new U321H could change th... more»
BenQ TH670 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ TH670 will be of obvious interest if you want an inexpensive 1080p projector for either business presentations or home enterta... more»
ViewSonic Pro7827HD DLP Highly Rated
You can quibble with ViewSonic's claim that the Pro7827HD is the ideal projector for home theater entertainment, but it's unquestionabl... more»
BenQ MH741 DLP
Although the 1080p resolution BenQ MH741 is meant primarily for business and education, it actually handles video and games better than... more»
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 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»
Epson 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»

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.

Color Wheel:
Rotating wheel with 3 or more translucent color filters used to display sequential color on single imager light valve based projection devices. The imager reflects or transmits the color component of a given image when the wheel’s corresponding color filter is affecting the light passing through to the lens. A 1X wheel cycles through all colors in 1/60th of a second.

Native Aspect Ratio:
Nearly every projector or display today will support multiple aspect ratios; however, each manufacturer must decide who their intended audience is and optimize the projector for that audience. This means each device has a native aspect ratio that is optimized for specific viewing material. Images shown in native aspect ratio will utilize the entire resolution of the display and achieve maximum brightness. Images shown in other than native aspect ratio will always have less resolution and less brightness than images shown in native aspect ratio.

Full On/Off Contrast:
Contrast is the ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a projector or flat panel to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. There are two methods used: 1) Full On/Off contrast measures the ratio of the light output of an all white image (full on) and the light output of an all black (full off) image. 2) ANSI contrast is measured with a pattern of 16 alternating black and white rectangles. The average light output from the white rectangles is divided by the average light output of the black rectangles to determine the ANSI contrast ratio. When comparing contrast ratio, make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for a given product.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Epson 6040UB
3.  BenQ MH530
4.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  Optoma HD26
6.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
7.  Panasonic AE8000
8.  BenQ HT3050
9.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
10.  Optoma HD141X
11.  LG PF1500
12.  Optoma GT1080
13.  BenQ TH670
14.  Sony HW65ES
15.  Optoma HD142x
16.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
17.  Epson 5040UB
18.  BenQ HT2050
19.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
20.  BenQ HT4050
21.  BenQ HT1075
22.  Epson Pro LS10000
23.  Optoma HD28DSE
24.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
25.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
26.  Optoma HD50
27.  BenQ W1070+
28.  Acer H6510BD
29.  Optoma HD37
30.  Epson Pro 6030UB
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
32.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
34.  JVC X500R
35.  BenQ W1110
36.  Acer H6517ST
37.  Epson 5040UBe
38.  Optoma HD25-LV
39.  JVC RS400
40.  JVC X550R
41.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
42.  Sony HW55ES-B
43.  Epson Pro 4030
44.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
45.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
46.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
47.  Optoma HD27
48.  Epson 4040
49.  BenQ HT6050
50.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
51.  JVC RS500
52.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
54.  Epson Pro LS9600e
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
57.  BenQ W7500
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
59.  JVC X750R
60.  Acer H7550ST
61.  Optoma HD151X
62.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
64.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
65.  JVC RS600
66.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
67.  Optoma HD30
68.  Optoma HD90
69.  ViewSonic Pro9000
70.  Acer Z650
71.  Sony HW55ES-W
72.  JVC X700R
73.  Vivitek H1188
74.  Optoma HD91+
75.  JVC X5000BE