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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Compressed Resolution:
Most projectors and displays automatically accept images that are of greater resolution than the native (true) resolution of the video device. The resulting image is scaled to fit the native resolution of the video device using a variety of scaling algorithms. Not all video devices use the same compression algorithms; therefore, the quality of compression can vary. The nature of compression in a digital device means that some image content is lost.

Saturation is a measure of color intensity. In the absence of saturation the color hue is a shade of grey. A highly saturated hue has a vivid, intense color, while a less saturated hue appears more muted and grey.

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.

Maximum Resolution:
Maximum Resolution refers to the highest resolution that a given display device can support. If the Maximum Resolution exceeds the Native Resolution, , the image is usually scaled to match or approximate the Native Resolution of the projector. Some display devices allow pan and scan where rather than scaling the image, the display devices allows you to use the native resolution of the display to view portions of the higher resolution image. Scaling reduces the image resolution and produces some artifacts in the image that are more apparent when viewing text than graphics or video.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Optoma HD26
4.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
5.  Sony VPL-HW65ES
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
7.  BenQ HT3050
8.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
9.  Optoma HD141X
10.  Optoma HD28DSE
11.  LG PF1500
12.  BenQ HT4050
13.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
14.  BenQ HT1075
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
17.  BenQ W1080ST
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
20.  Acer H6510BD
21.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
22.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
23.  Optoma HD50
24.  Optoma HD37
25.  BenQ HT2050
26.  Vivitek H1186-WT
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
28.  BenQ W7500
29.  Acer H6517ST
30.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
32.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
33.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
34.  BenQ TH670
35.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
36.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
37.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
38.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
40.  LG PF85U
41.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
42.  Optoma HD151X
43.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
44.  ViewSonic LightStream PJD7828HDL
45.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
46.  BenQ W1110
47.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
49.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
50.  ViewSonic Pro9000
51.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
53.  Acer H7550ST
54.  Optoma HD131Xw
55.  Optoma HD91+
56.  Vivitek H1188
57.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
58.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
59.  BenQ W1300
60.  Optoma HD30
61.  Optoma HD90
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
63.  Acer H7550STz
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
66.  Optoma HD30B
67.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
68.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
69.  SIM2 SIRIO 2 M0
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
72.  Wolf Cinema SDC-15
73.  Knoll Systems LED1085b
74.  Runco LightStyle LS-5
75.  SIM2 Nero LED 20th