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.

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»
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»
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»

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.

Infra-red Remote:
An infra-red (IR) remote control transmits in the spectrum of infra-red light, such as a television remote. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must point at the receiver (line of sight) or reflect the IR from the screen to the receiver. Typical range is limited to 30 feet including the distance to and from reflected surfaces.

For example, if you are controlling a projector and you point the remote at the screen which is 12 feet from you and the projector is 10 feet from the screen, then the total distance is 22 feet. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must have a clear path or a clear reflected path to the IR receiver to operate.

Most projectors have an IR sensor in both the front and rear of the projector, whereas, flatpanels generally have a single IR sensor in the front of the unit. When working at or near the maximum distance, pointing right at the receiver will give better results.

The characteristic of when a wave is at its peak, trough, or zero point going up or down. Measured in degrees. Two sine waves of the same frequency that are 180 degrees out of phase will cancel each other out, yielding no signal.

Commonly used in sound engineering where a sound is played back later at different speakers in order to maintain directionality of original sound. Uses the psychoacoustical phenomenon of precedence effect where a sound is first heard is where it is perceived to come from even when coming from multiple places.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
2.  Optoma HD142x
3.  BenQ HT2050
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
6.  Epson 5040UB
7.  Panasonic AE8000
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  Optoma HD27
10.  BenQ HT2150ST
11.  Optoma GT1080
12.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
13.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
14.  Epson 3700
15.  BenQ HT3050
16.  BenQ MH530
17.  Epson 6040UB
18.  Optoma HD28DSE
19.  BenQ HT1075
20.  BenQ TH670
21.  Optoma HD26
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
23.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
25.  Sony HW65ES
26.  LG PF1500
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
28.  Optoma HD37
29.  BenQ HT4050
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
31.  BenQ W1110
32.  Epson 5040UBe
33.  Acer H6510BD
34.  Optoma GT5500
35.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
36.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
37.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
38.  Epson 4040
39.  Optoma HD50
40.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
41.  JVC X550R
42.  ViewSonic LS820
43.  Epson LS10500
44.  Epson Europe TW9300
45.  Optoma HD25-LV
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
47.  Sony HW55ES-B
48.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
49.  Epson 3900
50.  Acer H6502BD
51.  Epson 3100
52.  BenQ HT6050
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
54.  Acer H6517ST
55.  Epson Pro LS10000
56.  Acer H7550ST
57.  JVC RS400
58.  BenQ W7500
59.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
61.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
62.  Epson Pro 6030UB
63.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
64.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
65.  JVC X750R
66.  JVC RS500
67.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
68.  Optoma HD91+
69.  JVC FH50
70.  Optoma HD30
71.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
72.  Optoma HD90
73.  Vivitek H1188
74.  Acer Z650
75.  Sony HW55ES-W