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 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»
Optoma HD50 DLP Highly Rated
With the new Optoma HD50 home theater projector, Optoma continues a trend of delivering low-cost, high quality projectors to consumers.... more»
JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA Highly Rated
The JVC X500R is a member of the third generation of e-Shift projectors. With over a thousand lumens of calibrated light output and sup... more»
BenQ HC1200 DLP Highly Rated
The HC1200 is a novel concept: it's a reference-grade 1080p conference room projector. Instead of maximizing light output at the expens... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Home Cinema 3000 is an upgrade to its predecessor in just about every measurable way. A bold, bright image makes it a good fit for ... more»
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL DLP Highly Rated
The Viewsonic PJD7822HDL, released this month, enters a crowded market. There are a lot of options for folks who need a 1080p projector... more»
Optoma HD141X DLP Highly Rated
Optoma's HD141X is a powerful little 1080p home theater projector that comes at a bargain price. Powerfully bright, the HD141X lacks th... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e is one of the best 1080p projectors we've ever had the pleasure of working with. It is a complete package,... more»
Optoma HD26 DLP Highly Rated
Like many other inexpensive home theater projectors, the HD26 is powerfully bright but feature-light, eschewing many of the bells and w... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 is the newest home entertainment projector from Epson and has already been attracting a lot of att... 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.

Color Temperature:
Color balance of white light which goes from red to blue as the temperature rises. Measured in degrees Kelvin, which starts at absolute 0 or –273 degrees Celsius, color temperature matches the reference standard of the light being emitted from a carbon block heated to the stated degrees. For instance, the early morning sun is around 2500K, which is the same warm light that a carbon block heated to 2227° Celsius would emit. Heating the block further to ~10000° Celsius would emit the same bluish light of a blue-sky mid-day sun. Common color temperatures are 5500 Kelvin (black and white movies) and 6500 Kelvin (standard color films).

Edge Enhancement:
A technique used to increase apparent resolution by increasing contrast around object edges. Usually counterproductive with already high-resolution sources and can become a source of image distortion.

Long Throw Lens:
A long throw lens allows greater distance between the projector and the screen while being able to maintain the image size and brightness of a shorter throw lens for any given projector. Depending on the room, a long throw lens may be required due to mounting constraints nearer the projected image.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  Optoma HD37
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  LG PF1500
9.  BenQ HT1075
10.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
14.  Optoma GT1080
15.  Optoma HD50
16.  BenQ W1080ST
17.  JVC DLA-X500R
18.  Acer H6517ST
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
20.  Acer H6510BD
21.  Optoma HD25-LV
22.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
23.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
24.  BenQ W7500
25.  Optoma HD91
26.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
29.  InFocus IN8606HD
30.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
31.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
32.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
34.  LG PF85U
35.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Optoma HD161X
38.  ViewSonic Pro8200
39.  ViewSonic Pro9000
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
41.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
42.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
43.  Optoma HD91+
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
45.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
46.  Acer H7550ST
47.  Optoma HD131Xw
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
49.  JVC DLA-X700R
50.  Optoma HD90
51.  Optoma HD151X
52.  Optoma HD30
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
56.  JVC DLA-RS49
57.  JVC DLA-RS4910
58.  Vivitek H1185HD
59.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
60.  Vivitek H1180HD
61.  JVC DLA-RS57
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
63.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
64.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
65.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
66.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
67.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
68.  Optoma HD30B
69.  JVC DLA-X500RWE
70.  JVC DLA-X700RBE
71.  JVC DLA-RS6710
72.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
73.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
74.  JVC DLA-RS49E
75.  Wolf Cinema SDC-10
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