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.

BenQ HT1075 DLP Highly Rated
The new BenQ HT1075 is the successor to the popular W1070. Announced at this year's CEDIA expo in Denver, the HT1075 doesn't make any w... more»
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»
NEC PE401H DLP
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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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.

Color Dynamics:
The whitest whites, reddest reds, bluest blues and greenest greens. High color dynamics are a result of dynamic range/contrast ratios. Having excellent color dynamics implies rich colors, excellent definition, high contrast.

Interlaced:
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.

Screendoor Effect:
An image distortion caused by digital imagers with a low fill rate. Looks like the picture is seen through a screen door with thin vertical and horizontal black lines and is commonly noticeable on lower resolution LCD displays. An LCD display fitted with a microlens array helps reduce this problem.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  BenQ HT1075
5.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
7.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
8.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
9.  Optoma HD25-LV
10.  BenQ W1080ST
11.  Optoma HD141X
12.  Optoma HD26
13.  LG PF85U
14.  Acer H6510BD
15.  BenQ W1500
16.  Optoma HD91
17.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
19.  Optoma HD131Xe
20.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
21.  BenQ W7500
22.  Optoma HD25e
23.  InFocus IN8606HD
24.  Optoma GT1080
25.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
26.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
27.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
28.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
29.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
30.  BenQ W7000
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  JVC DLA-X55R
33.  BenQ W1400
34.  JVC DLA-X500R
35.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
36.  ViewSonic Pro8200
37.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
39.  ViewSonic Pro9000
40.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
41.  Optoma HD50
42.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
43.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
45.  JVC DLA-RS4910
46.  Optoma HD90
47.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
48.  Optoma HD30B
49.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
50.  Optoma HD161X
51.  Optoma HD131Xw
52.  JVC DLA-X35B
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW9100
54.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
55.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
56.  JVC DLA-RS49
57.  Vivitek H1185HD
58.  JVC DLA-X700R
59.  EIKI EIP-HDT30
60.  Vivitek H1180HD
61.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
62.  JVC DLA-RS57
63.  SIM2 Nero 20th
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
65.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
66.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
67.  LG HECTO
68.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
69.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
70.  JVC DLA-RS67
71.  JVC DLA-X35W
72.  SIM2 Grand Cinema Lumis 20th
73.  Vivitek H5085
74.  JVC DLA-X95R
75.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000