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.

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 VPL-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»
BenQ HT3050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT3050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors being released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $999, ... more»
Optoma HD28DSE DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD28DSE is the company's newest portable 1080p home theater projector. ("DSE" stands for "Darbee Special Edition," in refere... more»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a... more»
NEC V302H DLP Highly Rated
The new NEC NP-V302H is a rock-solid 1080p projector for conference rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Sporting a maximum output of ... more»
InFocus IN119HDx DLP
The InFocus IN119HDx is a new low-cost 1080p projector for business and education. With a compact design, bright picture, and long esti... more»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»
Acer H6517ST DLP Highly Rated
This tiny 1080p projector boasts 3,000 lumens, so you can use it in rooms with windows and ambient light. Its defining feature, though,... more»
LG PF1500 DLP Highly Rated
Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED lit projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of ... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Video distortion where color “bleeds” from an object onto other parts of the image which are not supposed to be that color.

The diagonal of a screen or flat panel can be computed by using the Pythagorean theorem: squaring the width, squaring the height, adding them together and taking the square root. A 100" diagonal 16:9 screen measures 49" high by 87" wide; a 100" diagonal 4:3 screen measures 60" high by 80" wide. Use the Projection Calculator to get screen dimensions on all common aspect ratios.

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.

Return Loss:
Phenomenon of outgoing signals to reflect back on themselves on cables longer than ¼ of a wavelength. Measured in dB where lower is better.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Optoma HD26
4.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
5.  BenQ HT3050
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  Sony VPL-HW65ES
9.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
10.  Acer H6510BD
11.  LG PF1500
12.  Optoma HD28DSE
13.  BenQ HT4050
14.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
15.  BenQ HT1075
16.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
17.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
18.  Optoma GT1080
19.  BenQ W1080ST
20.  BenQ HT2050
21.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
22.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
23.  Optoma HD37
24.  Optoma HD50
25.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
26.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
27.  Vivitek H1186-WT
28.  BenQ TH670
29.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
30.  BenQ W7500
31.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
32.  Acer H6517ST
33.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
34.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
35.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
36.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
37.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
38.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
39.  ViewSonic LightStream PJD7828HDL
40.  BenQ W1110
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
42.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
43.  LG PF85U
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
45.  BenQ W1070+
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
49.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
50.  Acer H7550ST
51.  ViewSonic Pro9000
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
53.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
54.  BenQ W1300
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
56.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
57.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
58.  Optoma HD131Xw
59.  Optoma HD91+
60.  Optoma HD90
61.  Optoma HD30
62.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
63.  Vivitek H1188
64.  Acer H7550STz
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
66.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
67.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
68.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
69.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
72.  Optoma HD30B
73.  Runco Q-750i
74.  Vivitek H5080
75.  Runco LightStyle LS-3