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.

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»
Dell 4350 DLP
The Dell 4350 delivers native 1080p (1920x1080) HD resolution, but it's definitively meant for business and education rather than home ... more»
Sony HW65ES SXRD Highly Rated
The Sony VPL-HW65ES is the latest in a series of high performance 1080p home theater projectors, replacing last year's VPL-HW55ES. Like... more»
BenQ HT4050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT4050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $1,399, it i... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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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.

TV lines:
The analog measurement of image fidelity, it is the number of resolvable vertical lines divided by the aspect ratio. A VHS tape is typically rated at 240 lines where the live feed of a broadcast camera can be as high as 800 lines. It is not the same as pixel resolution.

Burn-in:
Image distortion where phosphors are discolored at a differing rates in a display device such as a plasma, CRT or SED TV. Usually caused by displaying a static image for extended periods. Screensavers are used to prevent burn-in on CRTs and plasma displays use a periodic dynamic single pixel shift of the image to avoid burn-in.

Convergence:
An issue for CRT displays, projectors, and RPTVs. Convergence is the alignment of the component colors of a display where the respective electron beams or pixels must sit at the precisely correct position for the proper color to be rendered.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  Optoma HD142x
4.  Optoma HD141X
5.  Panasonic AE8000
6.  BenQ HT2050
7.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
9.  Optoma HD26
10.  Optoma GT1080
11.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
12.  Epson 6040UB
13.  BenQ HT1075
14.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
15.  BenQ TH670
16.  Sony HW65ES
17.  BenQ MH530
18.  BenQ HT4050
19.  BenQ HT3050
20.  LG PF1500
21.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
22.  Optoma HD27
23.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
25.  Optoma HD28DSE
26.  Acer H6510BD
27.  BenQ W1110
28.  Optoma HD37
29.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
30.  Optoma HD50
31.  Epson 5040UBe
32.  Epson Pro LS10000
33.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
34.  Epson 3700
35.  Optoma GT5500
36.  JVC X550R
37.  Sony HW55ES-B
38.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
39.  Epson 4040
40.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
41.  JVC RS400
42.  Optoma HD25-LV
43.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
44.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
45.  JVC RS500
46.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
47.  Epson 3900
48.  Acer H6517ST
49.  Epson LS10500
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
51.  Optoma HD151X
52.  JVC X500R
53.  Epson 3100
54.  Epson Pro 6030UB
55.  Acer H7550ST
56.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
59.  JVC X750R
60.  BenQ W7500
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
62.  JVC RS600
63.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
64.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
65.  BenQ HT6050
66.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
67.  Acer Z650
68.  BenQ HT2150ST
69.  Sony HW55ES-W
70.  Epson Pro 4030
71.  Optoma HD90
72.  Optoma HD30
73.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
74.  Vivitek H1188
75.  Optoma HD91+