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.

Optoma HD28DSE DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD28DSE is the company's newest portable 1080p home theater projector. ("DSE" stands for "Darbee Special Edition," in refere... more»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a... more»
NEC V302H DLP Highly Rated
The new NEC NP-V302H is a rock-solid 1080p projector for conference rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Sporting a maximum output of ... more»
InFocus IN119HDx DLP
The InFocus IN119HDx is a new low-cost 1080p projector for business and education. With a compact design, bright picture, and long esti... more»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»
Acer H6517ST DLP Highly Rated
This tiny 1080p projector boasts 3,000 lumens, so you can use it in rooms with windows and ambient light. Its defining feature, though,... more»
LG PF1500 DLP Highly Rated
Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED lit projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of ... more»
Optoma HD50 DLP Highly Rated
With the new Optoma HD50 home theater projector, Optoma continues a trend of delivering low-cost, high quality projectors to consumers.... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Foot-Lambert (fL):
Measurement of luminance (brightness) emitted from a surface. One foot-Lambert is equal to one lumen per square foot. The metric equivalent of one foot-Lambert is 3.426259 nits or cd/m2. The SMPTE standard for theater cinema is 16 fL.

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.

Progressive Scan:
A display mode in which all the horizontal lines of an image are displayed at one time in a single frame, unlike an interlaced scan in which a frame consists of two separate fields with the first field consisting of odd horizontal lines and the second field even horizontal lines. Progressive scan is used by projectors, computer monitors, HDTV systems, and some digital camcorders. Progressive Scan requires a faster horizontal scan frequency than interlaced images of the same resolution

1080i is ATSC high definition 1920 x 1080 interlaced video format where a frame of video is delivered in two fields. The first field contains the odd lines of the image, while the second field contains the even lines. Each field is updated every 1/60th of a second resulting in 30 frames of video per second.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
6.  Optoma HD28DSE
7.  BenQ HT1075
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
10.  LG PF1500
11.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
12.  Vivitek H1186-WT
13.  Optoma HD37
14.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
16.  Optoma GT1080
17.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
18.  JVC DLA-X500R
19.  BenQ W1080ST
20.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
21.  Optoma HD50
22.  Acer H6510BD
23.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
24.  Acer H6517ST
25.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
26.  BenQ W7500
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
28.  Optoma HD25-LV
29.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
30.  Optoma HD91
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
34.  LG PF85U
35.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
36.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
37.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
38.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
39.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
40.  Optoma HD161X
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
42.  BenQ HT4050
43.  ViewSonic Pro8200
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
45.  ViewSonic Pro9000
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
47.  Acer H7550ST
48.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
49.  BenQ HT2050
50.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
51.  Optoma HD91+
52.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
54.  Optoma HD90
55.  Optoma HD131Xw
56.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
57.  Optoma HD151X
58.  BenQ HT3050
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
60.  JVC DLA-RS4910
61.  Vivitek H1185HD
62.  JVC DLA-X700R
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
64.  Optoma HD30
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
66.  JVC DLA-RS49
67.  Vivitek H1180HD
68.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
69.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
70.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
71.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
72.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
73.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
74.  JVC DLA-RS67
75.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
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