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 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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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3LCD:
Common 3 color system for projecting images via LCD or liquid crystal display. Uses dichroic mirrors to separate the RGB components of white light coming from a projection lamp. Each color is feed to separate LCD panels which control the about of colored light that passes through. The light from each LCD is recombined using a dichroic prism before going out the lens and on to a screen.

Infra-red Remote:
An infra-red (IR) remote control transmits in the spectrum of infra-red light, such as a television remote. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must point at the receiver (line of sight) or reflect the IR from the screen to the receiver. Typical range is limited to 30 feet including the distance to and from reflected surfaces.

For example, if you are controlling a projector and you point the remote at the screen which is 12 feet from you and the projector is 10 feet from the screen, then the total distance is 22 feet. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must have a clear path or a clear reflected path to the IR receiver to operate.

Most projectors have an IR sensor in both the front and rear of the projector, whereas, flatpanels generally have a single IR sensor in the front of the unit. When working at or near the maximum distance, pointing right at the receiver will give better results.

Edge Enhancement:
A technique used to increase apparent resolution by increasing contrast around object edges. Usually counterproductive with already high-resolution sources and can become a source of image distortion.

HDTV capable:
A television that supports 720p or 1080i or higher resolutions and has a built-in HDTV tuner for off-air reception of HD signals from a special antenna. To view cable and satellite HDTV programming, a cable set-top-box or satellite receiver is required.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Optoma HD37
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
5.  Optoma HD26
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
9.  LG PF1500
10.  BenQ HT1075
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
13.  Optoma HD50
14.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
15.  JVC DLA-X500R
16.  BenQ W1080ST
17.  Optoma GT1080
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
19.  Optoma HD25-LV
20.  Acer H6517ST
21.  Acer H6510BD
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
24.  Optoma HD91
25.  BenQ W7500
26.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
27.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
29.  LG PF85U
30.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
31.  InFocus IN8606HD
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
33.  ViewSonic Pro8200
34.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
35.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
38.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
39.  Optoma HD131Xw
40.  Optoma HD161X
41.  ViewSonic Pro9000
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
43.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
45.  Optoma HD91+
46.  Acer H7550ST
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  JVC DLA-X700R
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
50.  JVC DLA-RS4910
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
53.  Optoma HD30
54.  Optoma HD90
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
56.  JVC DLA-RS49
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
59.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
60.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
61.  Vivitek H1180HD
62.  Vivitek H1185HD
63.  JVC DLA-RS57
64.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
65.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
66.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
67.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
68.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
69.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
70.  Wolf Cinema SDC-6
71.  JVC DLA-X700RBE
72.  Wolf Cinema SDC-10
73.  SIM2 Grand Cinema SUPERLUMIS
74.  Optoma HD30B
75.  JVC DLA-RS67