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.

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»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... 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»
BenQ MH741 DLP
Although the 1080p resolution BenQ MH741 is meant primarily for business and education, it actually handles video and games better than... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Color Saturation:
Measure of color purity. Highly saturated colors emit a very narrow band of wavelengths of light instead of the broader spectrum of frequencies emitted from mixed colors. A display with good saturation capability will look vibrant.

Color Break-up:
Image anomaly which looks like a rainbow at the edge of bright objects on screen. Also called rainbow effect where sequential color systems, such as single chip DLP projectors or some LCoS RPTVs, update color information at different locations on the screen because of quick movement of screen objects or a viewer’s gaze. For instance, the red component of a white object will show at a different location on the screen than blue when an object moves quickly across because color is being displayed sequentially. This also occurs with quick relative movement such as moving your gaze from point to point across the screen. Most noticeable in bright objects.

Digital Visual Interface. DVI is a standard that defines the digital interface between digital devices such as projectors, flatscreens and personal computers. For devices that support DVI, a digital-to-digital connection can be made that eliminates the conversion to analog and thereby delivers an unblemished image.

It can also carry an analog signal and comes as DVI-I (integrated - analog and digital), DVI-D (digital only) and DVI-A (analog only). Dual link DVI connections add additional resolution capabilities. Digital cable lengths should not exceed 15 feet. Specifications on DVI are available at www.ddwg.org. Click for more details on DVI.

A process where a video image is delivered in two fields each containing half the video image rather than a single frame that contains the entire image. The first field contains all the odd lines and the second field contains all the even lines. For example, each 480i frame is made up of two fields of 263 and 262 lines of resolution and updated at 60Hz. 480 denotes the active picture area; however, the total frame size is actually 525 lines. 480i and 1080i are interlaced signals whereas 720p is a progressive signal where each video image is delivered in a single frame. Interlaced video was introduced with the first televisions because of bandwidth limitations.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Optoma HD142x
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  BenQ HT2050
5.  Optoma HD141X
6.  Panasonic AE8000
7.  Optoma GT1080
8.  BenQ HT2150ST
9.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
12.  Optoma HD27
13.  Optoma HD26
14.  Epson 6040UB
15.  Sony HW65ES
16.  Epson 3700
17.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
18.  BenQ HT1075
19.  ViewSonic LS820
20.  BenQ TH670
21.  LG PF1500
22.  Optoma GT5500
23.  BenQ HT3050
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
25.  Optoma HD28DSE
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
27.  BenQ W1110
28.  Acer H6510BD
29.  BenQ HT4050
30.  Optoma HD37
31.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
32.  Optoma HD50
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
34.  Epson 5040UBe
35.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
36.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
37.  Epson Europe TW9300
38.  BenQ MH530
39.  Sony HW55ES-B
40.  JVC X550R
41.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
42.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
43.  Epson Pro LS10000
44.  Epson 4040
45.  Optoma HD25-LV
46.  Epson 3900
47.  BenQ HT6050
48.  Acer H6502BD
49.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
50.  JVC RS400
51.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
52.  JVC RS500
53.  BenQ W7500
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
55.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
58.  Acer H6517ST
59.  Epson LS10500
60.  Epson Pro 6030UB
61.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
62.  JVC X750R
63.  Epson 3100
64.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
66.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
67.  Vivitek H1188
68.  Optoma HD30
69.  Acer H7550ST
70.  Sony HW55ES-W
71.  Optoma HD90
72.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
73.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
74.  Epson Europe TW9300W
75.  Acer Z650