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-RS440U D-ILA Editor's Choice
As you might expect from any JVC Reference Series Custom Install Projector, the JVC DLA-RS440U's image quality alone makes it worth con... more»
Vivitek DH765Z-UST DLP Highly Rated
If you need a 120" to 150" ultra short throw solution for conference room or classroom, make sure to take a look at the new Vivitek DH7... more»
AAXA M6 Pico DLP Highly Rated
The AAXA M6 delivers a unique mix of native HD 1080p resolution, a 2.5-pound weight for easy portability, and a low price, at only $599... more»
LG HF80JA DLP Highly Rated
The LG Electronics HF80JA Smart Laser Home Theater Projector is definitely unique. Think of it as a portable 90" flat screen HDTV that ... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Analog component video. Y stands for the luma signal itself and Pb is the blue signal subtracted from luma and finally, Pr equals the red signal subtracted from the luma signal.

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.

Scan Rate:
The line drawing speed of a display, usually given in kHz. A standard definition TV has a scan rate of 15.75 kHz which when you divide by 525 scan lines, gives a horizontal refresh rate of 30 fps or Hz.

Liquid Crystal Display. A display device for generating color images using a matrix of LCD pixel elements. Each pixel element consists of 3 sub-pixels and an RGB color filter of red (R), green (G), and blue (B). By controlling the voltage to each sub-pixel of an LCD, each cluster of RGB pixels can create a full spectrum of colored light. LCDs are used in flatscreen displays, cameras and notebook computers to name a few.

Nearly every projector made with LCD technology uses 3 separate LCDs, one each for red, green and blue. Light from the projector lamp is separated into RGB with a set of dichroic mirrors. The three light beams (RGB) are passed through separate LCDs and recombined to project a color image.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Optoma HD27
5.  Sony HW45ES
6.  BenQ HT2150ST
7.  BenQ HT2050
8.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
9.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  Epson 4000
12.  Optoma HD39Darbee
13.  Optoma HD29Darbee
14.  JVC DLA-RS440U
15.  Epson 3100
16.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
17.  Epson 3700
18.  BenQ HT3050
19.  Optoma GT1080
20.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
21.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
22.  BenQ TH671ST
23.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
24.  BenQ W2000
25.  LG HF85JA
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
27.  LG HF80JA
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
29.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
30.  Epson 6040UB
31.  BenQ MH530FHD
32.  Epson Europe TW9300
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW650
34.  Sony HW65ES
35.  Epson 5040UBe
36.  BenQ HT1070A
37.  Optoma GT5500+
38.  LG PF1000UW
39.  Acer H6517ST
40.  BenQ HT4050
41.  BenQ W1110
42.  JVC DLA-RS420
43.  LG PF1500W
44.  JVC DLA-RS520
45.  Epson 4040
46.  JVC DLA-X590R
47.  Optoma HD28DSE
48.  JVC DLA-X790R
49.  JVC DLA-X570R
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
51.  Epson Pro LS10000
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
53.  JVC DLA-RS540U
54.  ViewSonic PX800HD
55.  Acer H6502BD
56.  Epson LS10500
57.  ViewSonic LS820
58.  Epson 3900
59.  JVC DLA-X990R
60.  LG PF1000UA
61.  JVC DLA-RS640U
62.  JVC DLA-X770R
63.  Epson Europe TW9300W
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
65.  Vivitek H1188
66.  BenQ W8000
67.  Acer Z650
68.  Acer H7550STz
69.  Optoma HD91+
70.  Epson Pro 6030UB
71.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500
72.  JVC DLA-RS620
73.  JVC DLA-X970R
74.  Vivitek H1060
75.  SIM2 Crystal Cube SUPERCUBE