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.

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»
Optoma GT1080 DLP Highly Rated
When the latest generation of game consoles boosted their resolution to 1080p, they left Optoma's 720p gaming projectors behind the cu... more»
InFocus IN3138HD DLP Highly Rated
The IN3138HD is the newest 1080p projector from InFocus. As a projector for classroom and business use, the IN3138HD's 4,000 lumens, na... more»
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»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 3 LCD Editor's Choice
The LS10000 is a revolutionary product, unlike anything that Epson has produced to date. It combines extreme contrast and extreme resol... more»
Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Editor's Choice
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is a method for protecting copyrighted digital content that uses the DVI (Digital Visual Interface) or HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface, previously known as DVI-CE) by encrypting its transmission between the video source such as a set-top box, DVD player, or computer and the digital display device such as a projector, monitor or television. To view digital HDCP protected content, both the sending and receiving device must support HDCP.

Hanging Dots:
Artifact of composite video where stationary dots exist where two colors meet. Caused by interference between main video signal and color carrier. See dot crawl.

National Television Standards Committee. Established the first color TV standard in 1953 and is the North American standard for video and broadcasting. Also used in the Caribbean, South Korea, Japan and South America. A 30 fps signal with 525 lines of resolution of which 480 to 483 are viewable. Transmitted via a 6MHz channel.

DLP (Digital Light Processing) is a commercial name for a display technology from Texas Instruments (TI). The technology inside is often referred to as DMD (Digital Micro-Mirrors). It consists of an array of mirrors where each mirror represents a pixel element. For example, a high-definition DLP projector or rear projector with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution would have over 2 million tiny mirrors. Each mirror is attached to an electronically driven hinge that controls the amount of colored light that is reflected from the mirror into the projection lens and onto a screen. Projection systems using DLP technology use 1 to 3 DMD devices.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD26
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
5.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
7.  Optoma HD141X
8.  BenQ HT1075
9.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
10.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
13.  Optoma GT1080
14.  BenQ W1080ST
15.  Optoma HD25-LV
16.  Acer H6510BD
17.  BenQ W7500
18.  BenQ W1500
19.  Optoma HD91
20.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
21.  LG PF85U
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  Optoma HD131Xe
26.  Optoma HD25e
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
28.  Optoma HD50
29.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
30.  InFocus IN8606HD
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  JVC DLA-X500R
33.  Optoma HD161X
34.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
35.  BenQ W1400
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
38.  BenQ W7000
39.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
40.  ViewSonic Pro8200
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
43.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
44.  ViewSonic Pro9000
45.  JVC DLA-X55R
46.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
48.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
49.  Optoma HD90
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
54.  JVC DLA-RS4910
55.  JVC DLA-X700R
56.  Optoma HD131Xw
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
58.  Optoma HD30B
59.  JVC DLA-X35B
60.  Vivitek H1180HD
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
62.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
63.  JVC DLA-RS49
64.  Vivitek H1185HD
65.  JVC DLA-RS57
66.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
67.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
68.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
69.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
70.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
71.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
72.  JVC DLA-X35W
73.  Runco LightStyle LS-5
74.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
75.  JVC DLA-RS6710