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.

Vivitek DH765Z-UST DLP Highly Rated
If you need a 120" to 150" ultra short throw solution for conference room or classroom, make sure to take a look at the new Vivitek DH7... more»
AAXA M6 Pico DLP Highly Rated
The AAXA M6 delivers a unique mix of native HD 1080p resolution, a 2.5-pound weight for easy portability, and a low price, at only $599... more»
LG HF80JA DLP Highly Rated
The LG Electronics HF80JA Smart Laser Home Theater Projector is definitely unique. Think of it as a portable 90" flat screen HDTV that ... more»
JVC DLA-RS520 D-ILA Editor's Choice
If there is one word the JVC DLA-RS520 brings to mind it would be elegance. It is, quite simply, a beautifully refined and precision-en... more»
Epson 5040UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
At $2,699, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB occupies a unique position in today's market, delivering image quality that rivals far more exp... more»
ViewSonic PX800HD DLP Highly Rated
With a street price of only $1,299, the ViewSonic PX800HD is one of the least expensive ultra short throw (UST) home theater projectors... 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»
Epson 3900 3 LCD
The Epson Home Cinema 3900, at $1,999, is the most expensive variation of three highly similar Epson home theater projectors, a group t... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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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.

Return Loss:
Phenomenon of outgoing signals to reflect back on themselves on cables longer than ΒΌ of a wavelength. Measured in dB where lower is better.

Apparent stutter of on-screen movement. Motion judder in film is due to the fact that the 24 frame/second sampling rate is too slow to resolve camera panning motion. Judder is also caused by 3:2 pulldown where movie frames are on screen for differing times due to frame rate translations. Also occurs on PAL to NTSC conversions.

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.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Optoma HD27
6.  BenQ HT2050
7.  Optoma HD29Darbee
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
9.  BenQ HT2150ST
10.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
11.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
12.  Epson 4000
13.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
14.  Epson 3100
15.  Optoma HD39Darbee
16.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
17.  Optoma GT1080
18.  Epson 3700
19.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
20.  BenQ HT3050
21.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
22.  BenQ W2000
23.  Panasonic AE8000
24.  LG HF85JA
25.  Epson 6040UB
26.  BenQ MH530FHD
27.  Sony HW65ES
28.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
29.  LG HF80JA
30.  LG PF1500
31.  JVC DLA-RS520
32.  BenQ HT1070A
33.  BenQ TH671ST
34.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
35.  BenQ W1110
36.  Optoma HD28DSE
37.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
38.  Epson 5040UBe
39.  Epson Europe TW9300
40.  LG PF1000U
41.  JVC DLA-RS420
42.  Acer H6517ST
43.  Epson 4040
44.  BenQ HT4050
45.  Optoma GT5500+
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW650
47.  JVC DLA-X570R
48.  LG PF1000UW
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
50.  JVC DLA-X990R
51.  JVC DLA-X590R
52.  LG PF1500W
53.  JVC DLA-RS440K
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
55.  Acer H6502BD
56.  Optoma GT5500
57.  JVC DLA-X770R
58.  ViewSonic LS820
59.  Epson LS10500
60.  Vivitek H1188
61.  Epson Pro LS10000
62.  JVC DLA-X790R
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
64.  JVC DLA-RS540K
65.  Epson 3900
66.  ViewSonic PX800HD
67.  Epson Europe TW9300W
68.  Acer H7550ST
69.  Acer Z650
70.  JVC DLA-RS640K
71.  BenQ W8000
72.  Epson Pro 6030UB
73.  JVC X5000BE
74.  Optoma HD91+
75.  Acer H7550STz