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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To adjust with reference to a standard.

High-Definition Digital Versatile Disc. Two formats have been proposed for these high-capacity DVDs, including Blu-ray and the generically named HD-DVD. Blu-ray is backed by Sony and Panasonic among others through the Blu-ray Disc Association and HD-DVD is backed by NEC and Toshiba through the DVD Forum. Blu-ray uses a higher resolution blue laser allowing for more disk capacity than HD-DVD, 25GB compared 15GB per layer. At present Blu-ray is more expensive and cannot be replicated on existing manufacturing lines.

Apparent stutter of on-screen movement. Motion judder in film is due to the fact that the 24 frame/second sampling rate is too slow to resolve camera panning motion. Judder is also caused by 3:2 pulldown where movie frames are on screen for differing times due to frame rate translations. Also occurs on PAL to NTSC conversions.

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.  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