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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High-Definition Digital Versatile Disc. Two formats have been proposed for these high-capacity DVDs, including Blu-ray and the generically named HD-DVD. Blu-ray is backed by Sony and Panasonic among others through the Blu-ray Disc Association and HD-DVD is backed by NEC and Toshiba through the DVD Forum. Blu-ray uses a higher resolution blue laser allowing for more disk capacity than HD-DVD, 25GB compared 15GB per layer. At present Blu-ray is more expensive and cannot be replicated on existing manufacturing lines.

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.

Gray Scale:
A table of shading devoid of color, progressing from black to white. The number of discernible gray levels defines the color resolution of the display device and is used to evaluate color acuity and contrast.

Focal Length:
The distance from the surface of a lens to its focal point.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Sony HW45ES
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  BenQ HT2050
5.  Epson 3100
6.  Panasonic AE8000
7.  Epson 3700
8.  Optoma GT1080
9.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
11.  Optoma HD27
12.  Optoma HD141X
13.  BenQ HT2150ST
14.  BenQ HT3050
15.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
16.  BenQ TH670
17.  Epson 6040UB
18.  Sony HW65ES
19.  Optoma HD28DSE
20.  LG PF1000U
21.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
22.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
23.  LG PF1500
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
25.  Optoma HD26
26.  ViewSonic PX800HD
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
28.  Optoma GT5500
29.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
30.  Epson 5040UBe
31.  BenQ W1110
32.  LG HF80JA
33.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
34.  Epson Europe TW9300
35.  Optoma HD50
36.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
37.  Optoma HD37
38.  BenQ HT1070
39.  LG PF1000UW
40.  BenQ HT4050
41.  Acer H6510BD
42.  Epson 4040
43.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
44.  JVC DLA-RS420
45.  Acer H6517ST
46.  Epson 3900
47.  JVC DLA-RS520
48.  JVC DLA-X570
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
50.  Optoma HD25-LV
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
52.  Epson LS10500
53.  BenQ BH3020
54.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
55.  Epson Pro LS10000
56.  JVC DLA-X770
57.  ViewSonic LS820
58.  Acer H7550ST
59.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
60.  Acer H6502BD
61.  JVC DLA-RS620
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
63.  Vivitek H1188
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
65.  JVC FH50
66.  BenQ HC1200
67.  BenQ HT6050
68.  Optoma HD90
69.  Optoma HD91+
70.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
71.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
72.  BenQ W8000
73.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
74.  Epson Europe TW9300W
75.  JVC DLA-X970