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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Jaggy:
The stair-step or sawtooth effect seen on lines that are not horizontal or vertical or the edge of objects in digital displays. Also known as aliasing. Smoothing and antialiasing techniques can reduce the effect of aliasing.

Color Break-up:
Image anomaly which looks like a rainbow at the edge of bright objects on screen. Also called rainbow effect where sequential color systems, such as single chip DLP projectors or some LCoS RPTVs, update color information at different locations on the screen because of quick movement of screen objects or a viewer’s gaze. For instance, the red component of a white object will show at a different location on the screen than blue when an object moves quickly across because color is being displayed sequentially. This also occurs with quick relative movement such as moving your gaze from point to point across the screen. Most noticeable in bright objects.

dB:
dB or decibel is a measure of relative loudness. 0 dB is the threshold of hearing. 60 dB is equivalent to normal conversation. 120 to 140 dB is the threshold of pain such as a jackhammer or gun shot. 10 db of change will double the loudness.

Native Aspect Ratio:
Nearly every projector or display today will support multiple aspect ratios; however, each manufacturer must decide who their intended audience is and optimize the projector for that audience. This means each device has a native aspect ratio that is optimized for specific viewing material. Images shown in native aspect ratio will utilize the entire resolution of the display and achieve maximum brightness. Images shown in other than native aspect ratio will always have less resolution and less brightness than images shown in native aspect ratio.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  BenQ HT2050
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Epson 3100
6.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
7.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
8.  Epson 3700
9.  Epson 6040UB
10.  Optoma HD27
11.  Optoma GT1080
12.  BenQ HT2150ST
13.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
14.  BenQ HT3050
15.  Optoma HD29Darbee
16.  Panasonic AE8000
17.  JVC DLA-RS520
18.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
19.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
20.  Sony HW65ES
21.  Optoma HD28DSE
22.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
23.  Epson 5040UBe
24.  LG PF1500
25.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
26.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
27.  BenQ HT4050
28.  BenQ HT1070
29.  Epson Europe TW9300
30.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
31.  JVC DLA-RS420
32.  JVC DLA-X570
33.  LG PF1000U
34.  BenQ W1110
35.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
36.  Acer H6510BD
37.  LG PF1500W
38.  Epson LS10500
39.  ViewSonic PX800HD
40.  Epson 4040
41.  Epson 3900
42.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
43.  JVC DLA-RS620
44.  Optoma GT5500+
45.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
46.  LG HF80JA
47.  Optoma GT5500
48.  Epson Pro LS10000
49.  BenQ HC1200
50.  BenQ HT6050
51.  ViewSonic LS820
52.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
53.  LG PF1000UW
54.  Vivitek H1188
55.  Acer H6517ST
56.  BenQ W8000
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
58.  JVC DLA-X770
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
60.  Optoma HD91+
61.  Epson Europe TW9300W
62.  Epson Pro 6030UB
63.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
64.  JVC X5000BE
65.  Acer H7550ST
66.  LG PF1000UA
67.  Acer H6502BD
68.  Epson Pro 4030
69.  Acer Z650
70.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
71.  JVC X5000WE
72.  JVC DLA-X970
73.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
74.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
75.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500