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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Gamma Correction:
Adjustment to gamma or how gray levels between black and white are displayed as the eye is sensitive to these in a logarithmic manner. For example, good gamma correction allows subtle shadow detail in a dark image to be easily perceived.

D-ILA:
Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier. Proprietary JVC version of LCoS light valve technology.

Full On/Off Contrast:
Contrast is the ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a projector or flat panel to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. There are two methods used: 1) Full On/Off contrast measures the ratio of the light output of an all white image (full on) and the light output of an all black (full off) image. 2) ANSI contrast is measured with a pattern of 16 alternating black and white rectangles. The average light output from the white rectangles is divided by the average light output of the black rectangles to determine the ANSI contrast ratio. When comparing contrast ratio, make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for a given product.

Infra-red Remote:
An infra-red (IR) remote control transmits in the spectrum of infra-red light, such as a television remote. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must point at the receiver (line of sight) or reflect the IR from the screen to the receiver. Typical range is limited to 30 feet including the distance to and from reflected surfaces.

For example, if you are controlling a projector and you point the remote at the screen which is 12 feet from you and the projector is 10 feet from the screen, then the total distance is 22 feet. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must have a clear path or a clear reflected path to the IR receiver to operate.

Most projectors have an IR sensor in both the front and rear of the projector, whereas, flatpanels generally have a single IR sensor in the front of the unit. When working at or near the maximum distance, pointing right at the receiver will give better results.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Optoma HD26
4.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
5.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
6.  JVC DLA-X500R
7.  Optoma HD141X
8.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
9.  BenQ HT1075
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
13.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
14.  BenQ W1080ST
15.  Acer H6510BD
16.  Optoma GT1080
17.  Optoma HD25-LV
18.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
19.  BenQ W7500
20.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
21.  LG PF85U
22.  Optoma HD91
23.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  LG PF1500
26.  Optoma HD50
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
28.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
29.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
31.  InFocus IN8606HD
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
34.  Optoma HD161X
35.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
38.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
40.  Acer H6517ST
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
43.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
44.  ViewSonic Pro8200
45.  Optoma HD131Xw
46.  ViewSonic Pro9000
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  JVC DLA-X55R
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
50.  Optoma HD90
51.  JVC DLA-RS4910
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
53.  Optoma HD30
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
55.  JVC DLA-X700R
56.  JVC DLA-RS49
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
59.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
61.  JVC DLA-RS57
62.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
63.  JVC DLA-X35B
64.  Vivitek H1185HD
65.  Optoma HD30B
66.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
67.  Vivitek H1180HD
68.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
69.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
70.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
71.  Cineversum Laser Force
72.  JVC DLA-X75R
73.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
74.  Vivitek H5085
75.  JVC DLA-X700RBE