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 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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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DLP (Digital Light Processing) is a commercial name for a display technology from Texas Instruments (TI). The technology inside is often referred to as DMD (Digital Micro-Mirrors). It consists of an array of mirrors where each mirror represents a pixel element. For example, a high-definition DLP projector or rear projector with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution would have over 2 million tiny mirrors. Each mirror is attached to an electronically driven hinge that controls the amount of colored light that is reflected from the mirror into the projection lens and onto a screen. Projection systems using DLP technology use 1 to 3 DMD devices.

A process where a video image is delivered in two fields each containing half the video image rather than a single frame that contains the entire image. The first field contains all the odd lines and the second field contains all the even lines. For example, each 480i frame is made up of two fields of 263 and 262 lines of resolution and updated at 60Hz. 480 denotes the active picture area; however, the total frame size is actually 525 lines. 480i and 1080i are interlaced signals whereas 720p is a progressive signal where each video image is delivered in a single frame. Interlaced video was introduced with the first televisions because of bandwidth limitations.

Total inductance, resistance or reactance to a signal flow. Reactance is like inertia where acceleration takes time to get going and time to stop but there isn’t a net loss in energy. Resistance on the other hand, translates electricity into acceleration or heat. Impedance is measured the same as resistance, in Ohms.

The black and white part of a video signal. It is signified by the letter Y. Signals with a separated luminance and color signal avoid interference. This interference can result in dot crawl among other image artifacts.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Optoma HD142x
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  BenQ HT2050
5.  Epson 3100
6.  Epson 3700
7.  Optoma GT1080
8.  BenQ HT2150ST
9.  Panasonic AE8000
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  Optoma HD27
12.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
13.  Optoma HD141X
14.  BenQ TH670
15.  Optoma GT5500
16.  Epson 6040UB
17.  BenQ HT3050
18.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
19.  Optoma HD28DSE
20.  Sony HW65ES
21.  LG PF1500
22.  Optoma HD26
23.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
25.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
26.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
28.  BenQ MH530
29.  Epson Europe TW9300
30.  BenQ HT4050
31.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
32.  Optoma HD50
33.  Epson 4040
34.  BenQ W1110
35.  Acer H6510BD
36.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
37.  BenQ HT1070
38.  Epson 5040UBe
39.  JVC DLA-RS420
40.  Epson 3900
41.  Epson Pro LS10000
42.  Optoma HD37
43.  Acer H6517ST
44.  JVC DLA-X570
45.  LG HF80JA
46.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
48.  Optoma HD25-LV
49.  JVC DLA-RS520
50.  Acer Z650
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
52.  Vivitek H1188
53.  ViewSonic LS820
54.  Epson LS10500
55.  BenQ HT6050
56.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
57.  JVC DLA-RS620
58.  Acer H6502BD
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
60.  Epson Europe TW9300W
61.  BenQ BH3020
62.  BenQ W8000
63.  JVC DLA-X970
64.  JVC DLA-X770
65.  JVC FH50
66.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
67.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
68.  JVC X5000BE
69.  Acer H7550ST
70.  Epson Pro 6030UB
71.  Optoma HD90
72.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
73.  Optoma HD91+
74.  Optoma HD30
75.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB