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 VPL-HW40ES SXRD Highly Rated
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»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 3 LCD
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 is a brand new projector in Epson's home theater line-up that does not replace or upgrade any exist... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB sits at the top of Epson's home theater projector line. As in previous years, Epson's Pro Cinema... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
This year's CEDIA trade show in Denver saw Epson refresh its entire home theater projector line. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is Epson's most attractive home video projector to date. It features many of the best features of ... more»
BenQ W1500 DLP Highly Rated
At $1599, the W1500 is not as inexpensive as some other DLP video projectors released this year, but the W1500 includes features not fo... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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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.

Phase Alternating Line. Broadcast standard developed in Germany in 1963 and adopted in 1967. It’s used in many countries throughout Europe including the UK and transmits 576 viewable lines at 25 frames per second interlaced.

Digital component video. Y stands for the luma signal itself and Cb is the blue signal subtracted from luma and finally, Cr equals the red signal subtracted from the luma signal.

The period of time that an electron gun is turned off to reposition itself to paint the next part of the video onto the CRT screen.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  Optoma HD25-LV
6.  BenQ W1080ST
7.  LG PF85U
8.  Optoma HD91
9.  Optoma HD25e
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
12.  Acer H6510BD
13.  Optoma HD131Xe
14.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
15.  BenQ W1500
16.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
17.  BenQ W7500
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
19.  InFocus IN8606HD
20.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
21.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
24.  BenQ W7000
25.  BenQ W1400
26.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
27.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
28.  JVC DLA-X55R
29.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
30.  ViewSonic Pro8200
31.  ViewSonic Pro9000
32.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
33.  JVC DLA-X500R
34.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
35.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
36.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
37.  Optoma HD131Xw
38.  Optoma HD30B
39.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
40.  JVC DLA-X35B
41.  JVC DLA-RS4910
42.  JVC DLA-X700R
43.  Vivitek H1180HD
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW9100
45.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
46.  JVC DLA-RS49
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW5900
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW6000
49.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
50.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
51.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
52.  JVC DLA-RS6710
53.  Vivitek H1185HD
54.  JVC DLA-RS57
57.  Optoma HD21
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000
59.  JVC DLA-X35BE
60.  InFocus SP8600HD3D
61.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
62.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
64.  SIM2 Grand Cinema LUMIS 3D PF
65.  Vivitek H5085
66.  JVC DLA-X35W
67.  SIM2 Domino SIRIO 2014
68.  InFocus IN8601
69.  JVC DLA-RS67
70.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
71.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
72.  Runco LightStyle LS-100d
73.  Vivitek H5080
74.  Epson Europe EH-TW6000W
75.  JVC DLA-X75R