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 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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Closed Caption:
Closed caption (CC) superimposes a transcript of the audio portion of a video program over the program image. Its primary use is to provide people that are deaf or hard of hearing the opportunity to read a transcript of the audio as it is being played. Closed Caption is also helpful for people learning to read or learning a foreign language. Closed Caption can also be used to display text unrelated to the program being viewed, such as weather or news.

Non-Interlace:
Also known as progressive scan. Describes how video frames are drawn which, in this case, is completely from top to bottom at every screen update. See Interlaced.

Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry methods used: 1) Full On/Off contrast measures the ratio of the light output of an all white image (full on) and the light output of an all black (full off) image. 2) ANSI contrast is measured with a pattern of 16 alternating black and white rectangles. The average light output from the white rectangles is divided by the average light output of the black rectangles to determine the ANSI contrast ratio. When comparing the contrast ratio of video devices make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for the same video device.

Keystone Correction:
Keystone correction makes a projected image rectangular. This can be accomplished by positioning the projector to be perpendicular to the screen. Since this is not always possible, most projectors are equipped with keystone correction that allows the image to be keystone corrected (made rectangular) by adjusting optics, making mechanical adjustments, or applying digital scaling to the image. Keystone correction can be one or two dimensional and manual or automatic depending on the projector and the manufacturer. Be aware that digital scaling will introduce some artifacts that are more evident when viewing small text and less evident in presentation type material or video.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Optoma HD26
4.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
5.  Optoma HD141X
6.  LG PF1500
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
8.  BenQ HT1075
9.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
10.  Optoma HD37
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
12.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
14.  Optoma GT1080
15.  Optoma HD50
16.  BenQ W1080ST
17.  JVC DLA-X500R
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
19.  Acer H6517ST
20.  Acer H6510BD
21.  Optoma HD25-LV
22.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
23.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  Optoma HD91
26.  BenQ W7500
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
29.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
30.  InFocus IN8606HD
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
33.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
34.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
35.  LG PF85U
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
38.  ViewSonic Pro8200
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
42.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
43.  Optoma HD161X
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
45.  Acer H7550ST
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
49.  ViewSonic Pro9000
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
52.  Optoma HD91+
53.  Optoma HD131Xw
54.  JVC DLA-X700R
55.  Vivitek H1186-WT
56.  Optoma HD90
57.  Optoma HD30
58.  JVC DLA-RS4910
59.  JVC DLA-RS49
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
61.  Vivitek H1180HD
62.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
63.  Vivitek H1185HD
64.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
65.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
66.  JVC DLA-RS57
67.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
68.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
69.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
70.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
71.  JVC DLA-RS6710
72.  JVC DLA-X500RWE
73.  Optoma HD30B
74.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
75.  JVC DLA-RS67
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