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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A method to fit source material of a different resolution or aspect ratio onto another. Sometimes used with computer input when the input resolution exceeds the resolution of the display device. Used extensively for broadcast and DVDs, it simply crops the sides of widescreen material and the transfer operator chooses the best part of the frame to show. Often an electronic camera pan is used to change the area being shown. This is used when characters are talking to each other but one is off screen due to cropping and they become the focus of the shot.

Native Aspect Ratio:
Nearly every projector or display today will support multiple aspect ratios; however, each manufacturer must decide who their intended audience is and optimize the projector for that audience. This means each device has a native aspect ratio that is optimized for specific viewing material. Images shown in native aspect ratio will utilize the entire resolution of the display and achieve maximum brightness. Images shown in other than native aspect ratio will always have less resolution and less brightness than images shown in native aspect ratio.

IEEE 1394:
Also called FireWire or iLink. A serial bus which can address up to 63 devices, communicating at up to 400Mbps but is limited to a cable length of 4.5 meters. Its content copy protection scheme is called DTCP or 5C. Most DV camcorders have a IEEE 1394 port as well as D-VHS VCRs and some set-top boxes for cable and satellite.

Relationship between input video voltage and output brightness. Determines how mid-tones appear as eye sensitivity is non-linear and display devices use different methods to account for this as well as their own display characteristics.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
2.  Sony HW40ES
3.  BenQ TH670
4.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  Optoma HD141X
6.  Optoma HD26
7.  BenQ W1070
8.  BenQ HT3050
9.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
10.  Panasonic AE8000
11.  LG PF1500
12.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
13.  Sony HW65ES
14.  BenQ HT1075
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson Pro LS10000
17.  BenQ W1080ST
18.  BenQ HT2050
19.  BenQ HT4050
20.  Optoma HD28DSE
21.  Optoma HD37
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
23.  Epson Pro 6030UB
24.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
25.  BenQ W1070+
26.  Acer H6510BD
27.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
28.  Optoma HD50
29.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
30.  Acer H6517ST
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
32.  BenQ W1110
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
34.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
35.  Panasonic AR100
36.  Sony HW55ES-B
37.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
38.  Panasonic AE7000
39.  BenQ W7500
40.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
41.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
42.  Epson Pro 4030
43.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
45.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
47.  Acer H7550ST
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
50.  Epson Pro LS9600e
51.  Optoma HD151X
52.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
53.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
54.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
55.  ViewSonic Pro9000
56.  Optoma HD131Xw
57.  Vivitek H1188
58.  Optoma HD30
59.  Optoma HD91+
60.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
61.  Optoma HD90
62.  Sony HW55ES-W
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
64.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
65.  Acer H7550STz
66.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
67.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
68.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
69.  Optoma HD30B
70.  Vivitek H5095
71.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
73.  SIM2 Crystal Cube SUPERCUBE
74.  Runco LS-5
75.  Runco LS-3