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.

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»
ViewSonic LS820 DLP Highly Rated
The ViewSonic LS820 is a full HD (1920x1080) 3D home theater projector with two killer features that fully justify its $2999 MAP price.... more»
LG PF1000U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF1000U is in a class by itself. It is, in a nutshell, a portable big screen, full HD 1080p TV. It weighs under 5 lbs so you can... more»
Optoma HD142x DLP Highly Rated
Optoma's new HD142X full HD home theater projector puts up a gorgeous image with good contrast, natural flesh tones, and plenty of shad... 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»
BenQ MH530 DLP Highly Rated
BenQ lists the $599 MH530 as a home entertainment projector, but it's actually an inexpensive crossover model for home, office, and edu... more»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... more»
NEC U321H DLP Highly Rated
If NEC is not the first name that comes to mind when you are looking for a 1080p short-throw projector, their new U321H could change th... more»
BenQ TH670 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ TH670 will be of obvious interest if you want an inexpensive 1080p projector for either business presentations or home enterta... more»
ViewSonic Pro7827HD DLP Highly Rated
You can quibble with ViewSonic's claim that the Pro7827HD is the ideal projector for home theater entertainment, but it's unquestionabl... more»
BenQ MH741 DLP
Although the 1080p resolution BenQ MH741 is meant primarily for business and education, it actually handles video and games better than... more»
Dell 4350 DLP
The Dell 4350 delivers native 1080p (1920x1080) HD resolution, but it's definitively meant for business and education rather than home ... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Frequency Response:
Measures the frequencies a component is capable of reproducing and how well it does it. Usually stated as a set of frequencies with a variance measured in decibels (dB). The ideal is to have no variance or flat response, along with a wide range of frequencies.

2:3 Pull-Down:
2:3 pull-down, commonly called 3:2 pull-down, converts film footage to NTSC video. Film footage is shot at 24 frames per second (FPS) and NTSC video is shot at 30 FPS. 3:2 pull-down refers to the electronics needed to convert 24 FPS to 30 FPS so that it can be viewed on a NTSC video device. To accomplish this, 4 frames of film are converted to 5 frames of video by inserting an extra field of film frame every other frame:

Video Frame 1 2 3 4 5
Video Field a b a b a b a b a b
Film Frame 1 2 3 4

Dot Pitch:
The distance between side-by-side phosphor color groups (RGB) on a direct view display that uses phosphors. The smaller the better.

Chromatic Aberration:
An optical defect of a lens which causes different colors or wavelengths of light to be focused at different distances from the lens. It is seen as color fringes or halos along edges and around every point in the image.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Optoma HD142x
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Optoma HD141X
5.  BenQ HT2050
6.  Optoma GT1080
7.  Panasonic AE8000
8.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
9.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  Optoma HD26
12.  Optoma HD27
13.  BenQ HT2150ST
14.  Epson 6040UB
15.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
16.  BenQ TH670
17.  BenQ HT1075
18.  Optoma GT5500
19.  Optoma HD28DSE
20.  Sony HW65ES
21.  Epson 3700
22.  BenQ HT3050
23.  ViewSonic LS820
24.  LG PF1500
25.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
27.  BenQ HT4050
28.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
29.  Acer H6510BD
30.  BenQ W1110
31.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
32.  Optoma HD50
33.  Optoma HD37
34.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
35.  Epson 5040UBe
36.  BenQ MH530
37.  Epson Pro LS10000
38.  JVC X550R
39.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
41.  JVC X500R
42.  JVC RS500
43.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
44.  Epson 4040
45.  Sony HW55ES-B
46.  JVC RS400
47.  Epson 3900
48.  Optoma HD25-LV
49.  Epson LS10500
50.  Epson Europe TW9300
51.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
52.  Epson 3100
53.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
55.  Acer H6517ST
56.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
57.  BenQ HT6050
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
60.  Epson Pro 6030UB
61.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
62.  Vivitek H1188
63.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
64.  JVC X750R
65.  Optoma HD30
66.  BenQ W7500
67.  Optoma HD90
68.  Sony HW55ES-W
69.  Acer Z650
70.  Acer H7550ST
71.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
72.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
73.  Optoma HD91+
74.  JVC X5000BE
75.  JVC RS600