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.

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»
Acer H6502BD DLP Highly Rated
Pairing a 3400-lumen rating with a $699 street price--and widely available online for a bit less--the Acer H6502BD is one of the bright... more»
Optoma GT5500 DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma GT5500 home entertainment projector stands out for its combination of ultra short throw, 3,500 lumen brightness, and low str... more»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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HDTV ready:
A television that supports 720p or 1080i or higher resolutions and does not have a built-in HDTV tuner for off-air reception of HD signals from a special antenna. To view cable and satellite HDTV programming, a cable set-top-box or satellite receiver is required.

Full On/Off Contrast:
Contrast is the ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a projector or flat panel to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. There are two 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 contrast ratio, make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for a given product.

M1-DA:
A DVI connector that supports analog, digital video, a USB connection, and FireWire (IEEE1394). Used primarily with Infocus projectors.

M1-DA (EVC or P&D) is 3 rows or 10 pins and looks a lot like the DVI-I except for 6 more pins. The maximum video resolution supported is 1280x1024.

Imaging:
In audio, a particular system’s ability to reproduce sound so that it seems to be coming from a particular location.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
5.  Sony HW45ES
6.  BenQ HT2050
7.  Optoma HD29Darbee
8.  Epson 4000
9.  Epson 3100
10.  Optoma HD27
11.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
12.  Epson 6040UB
13.  BenQ HT2150ST
14.  BenQ MH530FHD
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson 3700
17.  BenQ HT3050
18.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
19.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
20.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
21.  Panasonic AE8000
22.  JVC DLA-RS520
23.  Sony HW65ES
24.  Optoma HD28DSE
25.  BenQ HT1070
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
27.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
28.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
29.  Epson Europe TW9300
30.  LG PF1000UW
31.  LG HF80JA
32.  Epson 5040UBe
33.  LG PF1500W
34.  LG PF1500
35.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
36.  BenQ W1110
37.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
38.  JVC DLA-X570R
39.  JVC DLA-RS420
40.  Epson LS10500
41.  BenQ HT4050
42.  Epson 4040
43.  Optoma GT5500+
44.  Acer H6517ST
45.  BenQ HC1200
46.  LG PF1000U
47.  Epson Pro LS10000
48.  ViewSonic PX800HD
49.  Acer H6502BD
50.  JVC DLA-RS620
51.  ViewSonic LS820
52.  Optoma GT5500
53.  Epson 3900
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
55.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
56.  Acer H7550ST
57.  JVC DLA-X770R
58.  Acer Z650
59.  Epson Europe TW9300W
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
61.  Vivitek H1188
62.  BenQ W8000
63.  Optoma HD91+
64.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
65.  JVC X5000BE
66.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
67.  BenQ HT6050
68.  Epson Pro 6030UB
69.  LG PF1000UA
70.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
71.  Epson Pro 4030
72.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
73.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
74.  JVC DLA-X970R
75.  Vivitek H1060