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-RS520 D-ILA Editor's Choice
If there is one word the JVC DLA-RS520 brings to mind it would be elegance. It is, quite simply, a beautifully refined and precision-en... more»
Epson 5040UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
At $2,699, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB occupies a unique position in today's market, delivering image quality that rivals far more exp... more»
ViewSonic PX800HD DLP Highly Rated
With a street price of only $1,299, the ViewSonic PX800HD is one of the least expensive ultra short throw (UST) home theater projectors... 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»
Epson 3900 3 LCD
The Epson Home Cinema 3900, at $1,999, is the most expensive variation of three highly similar Epson home theater projectors, a group t... more»
Epson 3700 3 LCD Highly Rated
The $1,499 Epson Home Cinema 3700 full HD home theater projector is the somewhat brighter near twin of the $1,299 Epson Home Cinema 310... more»
Epson 3100 3 LCD Editor's Choice
In Epson's current line of home theater projectors, their Home Cinema 3100 at $1299 is a step up in price from the entry level Home Cin... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Image distortion where phosphors are discolored at a differing rates in a display device such as a plasma, CRT or SED TV. Usually caused by displaying a static image for extended periods. Screensavers are used to prevent burn-in on CRTs and plasma displays use a periodic dynamic single pixel shift of the image to avoid burn-in.

Imaging Science Foundation. Organization that trains and accredits display calibration technicians as well as certifies display hardware. Designs standard testing and calibration procedures and tools.

Black Level:
The darkest part of a picture. This can vary between display devices and viewing environments. NTSC black is set at 7.5 IRE, which is very slightly gray. The white level divided by the black level gives a contrast ratio for a particular display device.

Screen Trigger:
A 12V connection from a projector to an electric screen which tells the screen to deploy when the projector is turned on and roll up when the projector is turned off.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  Sony HW45ES
4.  BenQ HT2050
5.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
6.  Epson 3100
7.  Optoma HD27
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
9.  Epson 3700
10.  Epson 6040UB
11.  BenQ HT2150ST
12.  Optoma GT1080
13.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
14.  Optoma HD29Darbee
15.  BenQ HT3050
16.  Panasonic AE8000
17.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
18.  JVC DLA-RS520
19.  Sony HW65ES
20.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
21.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
22.  Optoma HD28DSE
23.  LG PF1500
24.  Epson 5040UBe
25.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
26.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
27.  BenQ W1110
28.  JVC DLA-X570
29.  LG PF1000U
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
31.  JVC DLA-RS420
32.  Acer H6510BD
33.  BenQ HT4050
34.  BenQ HT1070
35.  Epson Europe TW9300
36.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
37.  Epson 3900
38.  Epson 4040
39.  LG PF1500W
40.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
41.  BenQ HC1200
42.  Epson LS10500
43.  ViewSonic LS820
44.  Optoma GT5500+
45.  Acer H6517ST
46.  Optoma GT5500
47.  ViewSonic PX800HD
48.  LG PF1000UW
49.  Epson Pro LS10000
50.  LG HF80JA
51.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
52.  JVC DLA-RS620
53.  Vivitek H1188
54.  BenQ HT6050
55.  JVC DLA-X770
56.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
58.  LG PF1000UA
59.  Epson Pro 6030UB
60.  BenQ W8000
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
62.  Acer H6502BD
63.  Acer H7550ST
64.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
65.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
66.  Epson Pro 4030
67.  Epson Europe TW9300W
68.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
69.  Optoma HD91+
70.  Runco D-73d
71.  Acer Z650
72.  JVC X5000BE
73.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
74.  JVC DLA-X970
75.  Vivitek H1060