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.

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»
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»
LG PF85U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF85U is a brand new, highly anticipated, LED-based home entertainment projector from LG Electronics. It includes a huge variety... more»
Optoma HD91 DLP
Optoma's newest home theater projector is what many have spent years waiting for - an affordable, high-quality 1080p projector with all... more»
BenQ W7500 DLP Highly Rated
The W7500 is BenQ's newest flagship home theater projector and the long-awaited successor to 2011's BenQ W7000. This 1080p DLP projecto... more»
ViewSonic Pro8520HD DLP Highly Rated
The Viewsonic Pro8520HD is a big bright model designed for use in conference rooms and board rooms. Promising up to 5,000 lumens of bri... more»
NEC PE401H DLP
At 4,000 lumens with HDTV native resolution, the NEC PE401H projector puts up outstanding data and video images at a modest price.... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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ANSI Lumens:
ANSI lumens is a measurement of the overall brightness of a projector. Because the center of a projected image is brighter than the corners, ANSI lumens is the most accurate representation of the image brightness. ANSI lumens are calculated by dividing a square meter image into 9 equal rectangles, measuring the lux (or brightness) reading at the center of each rectangle, and averaging these nine points.

Phase:
The characteristic of when a wave is at its peak, trough, or zero point going up or down. Measured in degrees. Two sine waves of the same frequency that are 180 degrees out of phase will cancel each other out, yielding no signal.

Judder:
Apparent stutter of on-screen movement. Motion judder in film is due to the fact that the 24 frame/second sampling rate is too slow to resolve camera panning motion. Judder is also caused by 3:2 pulldown where movie frames are on screen for differing times due to frame rate translations. Also occurs on PAL to NTSC conversions.

DVI:
Digital Visual Interface. DVI is a standard that defines the digital interface between digital devices such as projectors, flatscreens and personal computers. For devices that support DVI, a digital-to-digital connection can be made that eliminates the conversion to analog and thereby delivers an unblemished image.

It can also carry an analog signal and comes as DVI-I (integrated - analog and digital), DVI-D (digital only) and DVI-A (analog only). Dual link DVI connections add additional resolution capabilities. Digital cable lengths should not exceed 15 feet. Specifications on DVI are available at www.ddwg.org. Click for more details on DVI.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD26
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  BenQ W1070
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
5.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
6.  BenQ HT1075
7.  Optoma HD141X
8.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
9.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
10.  Optoma GT1080
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
13.  Optoma HD25-LV
14.  BenQ W1080ST
15.  LG PF85U
16.  Acer H6510BD
17.  Optoma HD91
18.  BenQ W1500
19.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
20.  BenQ W7500
21.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
22.  Optoma HD131Xe
23.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
24.  Optoma HD25e
25.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
26.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
28.  InFocus IN8606HD
29.  Optoma HD50
30.  Optoma HD161X
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
32.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
34.  BenQ W1400
35.  BenQ W7000
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  JVC DLA-X500R
38.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
40.  JVC DLA-X55R
41.  ViewSonic Pro8200
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
43.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
44.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
45.  Optoma HD90
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
51.  JVC DLA-RS4910
52.  Optoma HD131Xw
53.  JVC DLA-X700R
54.  Optoma HD30B
55.  Vivitek H1180HD
56.  JVC DLA-X35B
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
58.  JVC DLA-RS49
59.  Vivitek H1185HD
60.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
62.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
63.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
64.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
65.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
66.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
67.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
68.  JVC DLA-RS57
69.  JVC DLA-X35W
70.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
71.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
72.  Vivitek H5085
73.  LG HECTO
74.  JVC DLA-X95R
75.  JVC DLA-X35BE