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.

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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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A motion artifact caused by interlace where an object has moved appreciably within a frame and its new position is displayed in a different position in one field over the other. Looks like the teeth of a comb.

Full On/Off Contrast:
Contrast is the ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a projector or flat panel to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. There are two 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 contrast ratio, make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for a given product.

A standard for measuring light equal to the amount of visible light per square meter incident on a surface. 1 lux = 1 lumen/square meter or 0.093 foot-candles.

Dynamic Range:
The ratio between the highest and lowest levels a device can perform. For a video device it is a measure of contrast ratio. For an audio device it is usually stated in dB.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  BenQ HT2050
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Epson 3100
6.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
7.  Optoma HD29Darbee
8.  Optoma HD27
9.  BenQ HT2150ST
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
11.  Epson 3700
12.  Epson 4000
13.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
14.  Optoma GT1080
15.  Epson 6040UB
16.  BenQ HT3050
17.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
18.  BenQ HT1070
19.  BenQ MH530FHD
20.  Panasonic AE8000
21.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
22.  Sony HW65ES
23.  JVC DLA-RS520
24.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
25.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
26.  LG HF80JA
27.  LG PF1000U
28.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
29.  JVC DLA-X570R
30.  LG PF1500
31.  Optoma HD28DSE
32.  Epson 5040UBe
33.  BenQ HT4050
34.  Epson Europe TW9300
35.  JVC DLA-RS420
36.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
37.  Epson 4040
38.  LG PF1500W
39.  BenQ W1110
40.  Optoma GT5500+
41.  Optoma GT5500
42.  Epson Pro LS10000
43.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
44.  ViewSonic LS820
45.  Acer H6502BD
46.  Acer H6517ST
47.  BenQ HC1200
48.  LG PF1000UW
49.  Epson LS10500
50.  JVC DLA-X770R
51.  Epson 3900
52.  BenQ HT6050
53.  ViewSonic PX800HD
54.  JVC DLA-RS620
55.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
56.  BenQ W8000
57.  Vivitek H1188
58.  Epson Pro 6030UB
59.  Acer H7550ST
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
62.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
63.  Epson Europe TW9300W
64.  Acer Z650
65.  Epson Pro 4030
66.  JVC X5000BE
67.  Optoma HD91+
68.  JVC DLA-X970R
69.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
70.  Runco D-73d
71.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500
72.  JVC X5000WE
73.  JVC X7000BE
74.  LG PF1000UA
75.  Runco LS-3
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