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.

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»
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»
BenQ W1500 DLP Highly Rated
At $1599, the W1500 is not as inexpensive as some other DLP video projectors released this year, but the W1500 includes features not fo... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Maximum Resolution:
Maximum Resolution refers to the highest resolution that a given display device can support. If the Maximum Resolution exceeds the Native Resolution, , the image is usually scaled to match or approximate the Native Resolution of the projector. Some display devices allow pan and scan where rather than scaling the image, the display devices allows you to use the native resolution of the display to view portions of the higher resolution image. Scaling reduces the image resolution and produces some artifacts in the image that are more apparent when viewing text than graphics or video.

Anamorphic Lens:
An anamorphic lens is a lens that has different optical magnification along mutually perpendicular radii. This provides the ability to project a source image of one aspect ratio, such as 4:3, into a different aspect ratio, such as 16:9, by using different magnifications for the horizontal and the vertical dimensions of the projected image.

A measurement unit of total illumination. Typically a 100-watt light bulb outputs 1700 lumens over a wide area. Projector light output is measured in ANSI lumens. A projector with a higher lumen number will produce a brighter image for a given image size. See ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry 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 the contrast ratio of video devices make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for the same video device.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Epson Pro Cinema LS10000
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
6.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
7.  Optoma HD25-LV
8.  BenQ W1080ST
9.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
10.  LG PF85U
11.  Acer H6510BD
12.  Optoma HD26
13.  Optoma HD131Xe
14.  BenQ W1500
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
16.  Optoma HD141X
17.  Optoma HD91
18.  Optoma HD25e
19.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
20.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
21.  InFocus IN8606HD
22.  Optoma GT1080
23.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
24.  BenQ W7500
25.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
26.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
27.  BenQ HT1075
28.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
29.  BenQ W7000
30.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
33.  BenQ W1400
34.  JVC DLA-X55R
35.  JVC DLA-X500R
36.  ViewSonic Pro8200
37.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
38.  Optoma HD90
39.  ViewSonic Pro9000
40.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
42.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
43.  Optoma HD30B
44.  JVC DLA-RS4910
45.  Optoma HD131Xw
46.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
47.  JVC DLA-X35B
48.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
49.  JVC DLA-RS49
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW9100
51.  JVC DLA-X700R
52.  Vivitek H1185HD
53.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
55.  Vivitek H1180HD
56.  JVC DLA-RS57
57.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
58.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
59.  JVC DLA-X35W
61.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
63.  Vivitek H5085
64.  JVC DLA-RS67
65.  JVC DLA-X35BE
66.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
67.  SIM2 M.120
68.  SIM2 M.150S
69.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
70.  JVC DLA-X35WE
71.  Vivitek H5080
72.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000
73.  JVC DLA-X95R
74.  Epson Pro Cinema LS9600e
75.  Runco LightStyle LS-5