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.

NEC U321H DLP Highly Rated
If NEC is not the first name that comes to mind when you are looking for a 1080p short-throw projector, their new U321H could change th... more»
BenQ TH670 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ TH670 will be of obvious interest if you want an inexpensive 1080p projector for either business presentations or home enterta... more»
ViewSonic Pro7827HD DLP Highly Rated
You can quibble with ViewSonic's claim that the Pro7827HD is the ideal projector for home theater entertainment, but it's unquestionabl... more»
BenQ MH741 DLP
Although the 1080p resolution BenQ MH741 is meant primarily for business and education, it actually handles video and games better than... more»
Dell 4350 DLP
The Dell 4350 delivers native 1080p (1920x1080) HD resolution, but it's definitively meant for business and education rather than home ... more»
Sony HW65ES SXRD Highly Rated
The Sony VPL-HW65ES is the latest in a series of high performance 1080p home theater projectors, replacing last year's VPL-HW55ES. Like... more»
BenQ HT4050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT4050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $1,399, it i... more»
BenQ HT3050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT3050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors being released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $999, ... more»
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»
Epson 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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Native Resolution:
Native Resolution is the number of physical pixels in a display device. For example, an XGA display has a native resolution of 1024 physical pixels of resolution horizontally and 768 pixels vertically or 786,432 total pixels. See Maximum Resolution.

Lens Shift:
The purpose of "lens shift" is to eliminate keystone correction and provide greater flexibility in the placement of the projector relative to the screen or the alignment of stacked projectors. This is accomplished by allowing the optical lens to be physically shifted vertically and/or horizontally. These adjustments may be manual or motorized depending on the projector. See horizontal lens shift and vertical lens shift for typical adjustment ranges.

The diagonal of a screen or flat panel can be computed by using the Pythagorean theorem: squaring the width, squaring the height, adding them together and taking the square root. A 100" diagonal 16:9 screen measures 49" high by 87" wide; a 100" diagonal 4:3 screen measures 60" high by 80" wide. Use the Projection Calculator to get screen dimensions on all common aspect ratios.

Screendoor Effect:
An image distortion caused by digital imagers with a low fill rate. Looks like the picture is seen through a screen door with thin vertical and horizontal black lines and is commonly noticeable on lower resolution LCD displays. An LCD display fitted with a microlens array helps reduce this problem.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW40ES
2.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
3.  BenQ TH670
4.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  Optoma HD141X
6.  BenQ W1070
7.  Optoma HD26
8.  Panasonic AE8000
9.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
10.  BenQ HT3050
11.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
12.  LG PF1500
13.  BenQ HT1075
14.  Sony HW65ES
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson Pro LS10000
17.  BenQ W1080ST
18.  BenQ HT4050
19.  BenQ HT2050
20.  Optoma HD28DSE
21.  Optoma HD37
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
23.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
24.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
25.  Acer H6510BD
26.  Epson Pro 6030UB
27.  BenQ W1070+
28.  Acer H6517ST
29.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
30.  Optoma HD50
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
33.  Panasonic AR100
34.  BenQ W1110
35.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
36.  Sony HW55ES-B
37.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
38.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
39.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
40.  BenQ W7500
41.  Panasonic AE7000
42.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
43.  Epson Pro 4030
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
45.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
46.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
47.  Epson Pro LS9600e
48.  Optoma HD151X
49.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
51.  ViewSonic Pro9000
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
53.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
54.  Acer H7550ST
55.  Vivitek H1188
56.  Sony HW55ES-W
57.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
58.  Optoma HD131Xw
59.  Optoma HD90
60.  Optoma HD30
61.  Optoma HD91+
62.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
63.  Vivitek H1060
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
65.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
66.  Acer H7550STz
67.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
68.  BenQ MH530
69.  Optoma HD30B
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
72.  Vivitek H5095
73.  SIM2 Crystal Cube SUPERCUBE
74.  Runco LS-5
75.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED