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 H6502BD DLP Highly Rated
Pairing a 3400-lumen rating with a $699 street price--and widely available online for a bit less--the Acer H6502BD is one of the bright... more»
Optoma GT5500 DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma GT5500 home entertainment projector stands out for its combination of ultra short throw, 3,500 lumen brightness, and low str... more»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... more»
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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Color Wheel:
Rotating wheel with 3 or more translucent color filters used to display sequential color on single imager light valve based projection devices. The imager reflects or transmits the color component of a given image when the wheel’s corresponding color filter is affecting the light passing through to the lens. A 1X wheel cycles through all colors in 1/60th of a second.

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).

Video distortion where an overly bright screen object causes phosphors near it to excite therefore enlarging the object and softening its edges.

Zoom Ratio:
Zoom ratio is the ratio between the smallest and largest image a lens can projector from a fixed distance. For example, a 1.4:1 zoom lens ratio means that a 10 foot image without zoom would be a 14 foot image with full zoom. Conversely, a 10 foot diagonal image at 15 feet with no zoom would still be a 10 image at 21 feet at maximum zoom (15 x 1.4 = 21 feet). A zoom lens is "not as bright" as a fixed lens, and the higher the ratio, the less light output.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Sony HW45ES
3.  BenQ HT2050
4.  Epson 5040UB
5.  Panasonic AE8000
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
8.  BenQ HT2150ST
9.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
10.  Optoma GT1080
11.  Optoma HD27
12.  Epson 3700
13.  BenQ TH670
14.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
15.  Optoma GT5500
16.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
17.  BenQ HT3050
18.  Optoma HD28DSE
19.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
20.  Epson 6040UB
21.  Sony HW65ES
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
23.  Optoma HD26
24.  LG PF1500
25.  BenQ HT1075
26.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
29.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
30.  Optoma HD50
31.  Epson 4040
32.  BenQ HT4050
33.  Acer H6510BD
34.  BenQ W1110
35.  Epson 5040UBe
36.  BenQ HT1070
37.  JVC RS400
38.  Epson LS10500
39.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
40.  Epson Europe TW9300
41.  JVC X550R
42.  Optoma HD25-LV
43.  BenQ MH530
44.  ViewSonic LS820
45.  JVC RS500
46.  Epson 3100
47.  Epson Pro LS10000
48.  Acer H6517ST
49.  Optoma HD37
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
51.  JVC DLA-RS420
52.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
53.  Epson 3900
54.  Acer H6502BD
55.  BenQ W7500
56.  Acer H7550ST
57.  JVC X750R
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
59.  JVC X5000BE
60.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
61.  Epson Pro 6030UB
62.  BenQ HT6050
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
64.  Acer Z650
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
66.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
67.  Vivitek H1188
68.  JVC FH50
69.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
70.  Epson Europe TW9300W
71.  JVC RS600
72.  JVC DLA-RS620
73.  Optoma HD30
74.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
75.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000