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.

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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Common 3 color system for projecting images via LCD or liquid crystal display. Uses dichroic mirrors to separate the RGB components of white light coming from a projection lamp. Each color is feed to separate LCD panels which control the about of colored light that passes through. The light from each LCD is recombined using a dichroic prism before going out the lens and on to a screen.

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.

Dot Pitch:
The distance between side-by-side phosphor color groups (RGB) on a direct view display that uses phosphors. The smaller the better.

Lens Shift:
The purpose of "lens shift" is to eliminate keystone correction and provide greater flexibility in the placement of the projector relative to the screen or the alignment of stacked projectors. This is accomplished by allowing the optical lens to be physically shifted vertically and/or horizontally. These adjustments may be manual or motorized depending on the projector. See horizontal lens shift and vertical lens shift for typical adjustment ranges.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  JVC DLA-X500R
2.  Optoma HD26
3.  BenQ W1070
4.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
5.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  BenQ HT1075
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
14.  BenQ W1080ST
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Acer H6510BD
17.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
18.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
19.  Optoma HD25-LV
20.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
21.  BenQ W7500
22.  LG PF85U
23.  Optoma HD91
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
25.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
26.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
27.  Optoma HD50
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
29.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
31.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
32.  InFocus IN8606HD
33.  Optoma HD161X
34.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
35.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  ViewSonic Pro9000
38.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
40.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
41.  Optoma HD90
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
43.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
44.  Optoma HD131Xw
45.  ViewSonic Pro8200
46.  Optoma HD151X
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
48.  Optoma HD30
49.  JVC DLA-X55R
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
52.  JVC DLA-X700R
53.  JVC DLA-RS4910
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
56.  JVC DLA-RS49
57.  Vivitek H1185HD
58.  Vivitek H5085
59.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
60.  JVC DLA-X35B
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
62.  Vivitek H1180HD
63.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
64.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
65.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
66.  JVC DLA-RS57
67.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
68.  SIM2 Grand Cinema SUPERLUMIS
69.  Optoma HD30B
70.  JVC DLA-RS6710
71.  Cineversum Laser Force
72.  JVC DLA-RS67
73.  Wolf Cinema SDC-6
74.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
75.  JVC DLA-X95R