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.

If you want to upgrade your flat screen TV for a large 90" to 120" picture, the LG Laser Smart Home Theater Projector (model HF85JA) ma... more»
JVC DLA-RS440U D-ILA Editor's Choice
As you might expect from any JVC Reference Series Custom Install Projector, the JVC DLA-RS440U's image quality alone makes it worth con... more»
Vivitek DH765Z-UST DLP Highly Rated
If you need a 120" to 150" ultra short throw solution for conference room or classroom, make sure to take a look at the new Vivitek DH7... more»
AAXA M6 Pico DLP Highly Rated
The AAXA M6 delivers a unique mix of native HD 1080p resolution, a 2.5-pound weight for easy portability, and a low price, at only $599... more»
LG HF80JA DLP Highly Rated
The LG Electronics HF80JA Smart Laser Home Theater Projector is definitely unique. Think of it as a portable 90" flat screen HDTV that ... more»
JVC DLA-RS520 D-ILA Editor's Choice
If there is one word the JVC DLA-RS520 brings to mind it would be elegance. It is, quite simply, a beautifully refined and precision-en... more»
Epson 5040UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
At $2,699, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB occupies a unique position in today's market, delivering image quality that rivals far more exp... more»
ViewSonic PX800HD DLP Highly Rated
With a street price of only $1,299, the ViewSonic PX800HD is one of the least expensive ultra short throw (UST) home theater projectors... 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»
Epson 3900 3 LCD
The Epson Home Cinema 3900, at $1,999, is the most expensive variation of three highly similar Epson home theater projectors, a group t... more»
Epson 3700 3 LCD Highly Rated
The $1,499 Epson Home Cinema 3700 full HD home theater projector is the somewhat brighter near twin of the $1,299 Epson Home Cinema 310... more»
Epson 3100 3 LCD Editor's Choice
In Epson's current line of home theater projectors, their Home Cinema 3100 at $1299 is a step up in price from the entry level Home Cin... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Common 3 color system for projecting images via LCD or liquid crystal display. Uses dichroic mirrors to separate the RGB components of white light coming from a projection lamp. Each color is feed to separate LCD panels which control the about of colored light that passes through. The light from each LCD is recombined using a dichroic prism before going out the lens and on to a screen.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
The ratio of noise to signal measured in dB. The higher the number, the better.

Contrast increases as the white point increases. Increasing the white point creates a greater difference between white and black.

Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry 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 the contrast ratio of video devices make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for the same video device.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
2.  Optoma HD142x
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Optoma HD27
6.  BenQ HT2150ST
7.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
8.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
9.  Epson 4000
10.  BenQ HT2050A
11.  Optoma HD143X
12.  BenQ HT2050
13.  LG HF85JA
14.  Optoma HD29Darbee
15.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
16.  JVC DLA-RS440U
17.  Epson 3700
18.  Optoma HD39Darbee
19.  Optoma GT1080
20.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
21.  Epson 3100
22.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
23.  BenQ TH671ST
24.  BenQ W2000
25.  BenQ HT3050
26.  Epson 6040UB
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
28.  Sony HW65ES
29.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
30.  BenQ W1110
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW650
33.  Optoma GT5500+
34.  LG PF1500W
35.  Epson Europe TW9300
36.  BenQ MH530FHD
37.  LG HF80JA
38.  JVC DLA-X590R
39.  JVC DLA-X790R
40.  BenQ HT1070A
41.  LG PF1000UW
42.  Epson 5040UBe
43.  JVC DLA-RS520
44.  Optoma HD28DSE
45.  Acer H6517ST
46.  BenQ HT4050
47.  Epson 4040
48.  Acer H6502BD
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
50.  JVC DLA-X990R
51.  JVC DLA-RS420
52.  JVC DLA-X5900BE
53.  ViewSonic PX800HD
54.  Vivitek H1188
55.  Epson LS10500
56.  JVC DLA-RS540U
57.  Epson Pro LS10000
58.  Epson Europe TW9300W
59.  JVC DLA-X570R
60.  Epson 3900
61.  JVC RS400
62.  Epson Pro 6030UB
63.  JVC RS500
64.  Acer Z650
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
66.  JVC DLA-X7900BE
67.  ViewSonic LS820
68.  Optoma HD27e
69.  JVC DLA-RS640U
70.  JVC DLA-X770R
71.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500
72.  Optoma HD91+
73.  JVC DLA-RS620
74.  JVC DLA-X5900WE
75.  JVC RS600