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.

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»
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»

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.

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.

Zoom Ratio:
Zoom ratio is the ratio between the smallest and largest image a lens can projector from a fixed distance. For example, a 1.4:1 zoom lens ratio means that a 10 foot image without zoom would be a 14 foot image with full zoom. Conversely, a 10 foot diagonal image at 15 feet with no zoom would still be a 10 image at 21 feet at maximum zoom (15 x 1.4 = 21 feet). A zoom lens is "not as bright" as a fixed lens, and the higher the ratio, the less light output.

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.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
2.  Optoma HD26
3.  BenQ W1070
4.  Optoma HD141X
5.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
6.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  BenQ HT1075
9.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
12.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
13.  BenQ W1080ST
14.  Optoma GT1080
15.  Optoma HD25-LV
16.  Acer H6510BD
17.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
18.  BenQ W7500
19.  BenQ W1500
20.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
21.  Optoma HD91
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  LG PF85U
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  Optoma HD50
26.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
27.  InFocus IN8606HD
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
29.  Optoma HD131Xe
30.  Optoma HD25e
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  JVC DLA-X500R
33.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
34.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
35.  BenQ W1400
36.  Optoma HD161X
37.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
38.  Optoma HD90
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
40.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
41.  BenQ W7000
42.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
43.  ViewSonic Pro9000
44.  ViewSonic Pro8200
45.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
46.  JVC DLA-X55R
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
48.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
49.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
52.  JVC DLA-RS4910
53.  JVC DLA-X700R
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
56.  Optoma HD131Xw
57.  JVC DLA-RS49
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
59.  JVC DLA-X35B
60.  Optoma HD30B
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
62.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
63.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
64.  Vivitek H1185HD
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
66.  SIM2 M.120 ST
67.  JVC DLA-RS57
68.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
69.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  Vivitek H1180HD
72.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
73.  JVC DLA-RS6710
74.  JVC DLA-X500RWE
75.  Vivitek H5085
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