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.

Acer P6500 DLP Highly Rated
The Acer P6500 stands out as an extraordinary price value for both conference room and classroom applications. Its combination of light... more»
BenQ HT2150ST DLP Editor's Choice
The BenQ HT2150ST Gaming Projector is as perfect a projector for serious gaming as we have yet seen. It combines a rapid 16 ms input la... more»
ViewSonic LS820 DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic LS820 is a full HD (1920x1080) 3D home theater projector with two killer features that fully justify its $2999 MAP price.... more»
LG PF1000U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF1000U is in a class by itself. It is, in a nutshell, a portable big screen, full HD 1080p TV. It weighs under 5 lbs so you can... more»
Optoma HD142x DLP Highly Rated
Optoma's new HD142X full HD home theater projector puts up a gorgeous image with good contrast, natural flesh tones, and plenty of shad... more»
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»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... 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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Scan Rate:
The line drawing speed of a display, usually given in kHz. A standard definition TV has a scan rate of 15.75 kHz which when you divide by 525 scan lines, gives a horizontal refresh rate of 30 fps or Hz.

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).

Gray Scale:
A table of shading devoid of color, progressing from black to white. The number of discernible gray levels defines the color resolution of the display device and is used to evaluate color acuity and contrast.

A frame is one complete video image. When all lines of the video image are delivered sequentially, it is called progressive video. When the odd lines and even lines are delivered as separate fields, it is called interlace video.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Optoma HD142x
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  BenQ HT2050
5.  Optoma HD141X
6.  Panasonic AE8000
7.  Optoma GT1080
8.  BenQ HT2150ST
9.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
12.  Optoma HD27
13.  Optoma HD26
14.  Epson 6040UB
15.  Sony HW65ES
16.  Epson 3700
17.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
18.  BenQ HT1075
19.  ViewSonic LS820
20.  BenQ TH670
21.  LG PF1500
22.  Optoma GT5500
23.  BenQ HT3050
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
25.  Optoma HD28DSE
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
27.  BenQ W1110
28.  Acer H6510BD
29.  BenQ HT4050
30.  Optoma HD37
31.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
32.  Optoma HD50
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
34.  Epson 5040UBe
35.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
36.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
37.  Epson Europe TW9300
38.  BenQ MH530
39.  Sony HW55ES-B
40.  JVC X550R
41.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
42.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
43.  Epson Pro LS10000
44.  Epson 4040
45.  Optoma HD25-LV
46.  Epson 3900
47.  BenQ HT6050
48.  JVC X500R
49.  Acer H6502BD
50.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
51.  JVC RS400
52.  JVC RS500
53.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
54.  BenQ W7500
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
56.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
59.  Acer H6517ST
60.  Epson LS10500
61.  Epson Pro 6030UB
62.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
63.  JVC X750R
64.  Epson 3100
65.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
66.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
67.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
68.  Vivitek H1188
69.  Optoma HD30
70.  Acer H7550ST
71.  Sony HW55ES-W
72.  Optoma HD90
73.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
74.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
75.  Epson Europe TW9300W