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.

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»
Optoma HD26 DLP Highly Rated
Like many other inexpensive home theater projectors, the HD26 is powerfully bright but feature-light, eschewing many of the bells and w... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 is the newest home entertainment projector from Epson and has already been attracting a lot of att... more»
Optoma GT1080 DLP Highly Rated
When the latest generation of game consoles boosted their resolution to 1080p, they left Optoma's 720p gaming projectors behind the cu... more»
InFocus IN3138HD DLP Highly Rated
The IN3138HD is the newest 1080p projector from InFocus. As a projector for classroom and business use, the IN3138HD's 4,000 lumens, na... more»
BenQ HT1075 DLP Highly Rated
The new BenQ HT1075 is the successor to the popular W1070. Announced at this year's CEDIA expo in Denver, the HT1075 doesn't make any w... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 3 LCD Editor's Choice
The LS10000 is a revolutionary product, unlike anything that Epson has produced to date. It combines extreme contrast and extreme resol... more»
Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Editor's Choice
Sony has just released the VPL-HW40ES, a 1080p SXRD home theater projector. At $2,499, it is the most affordable Sony home theater proj... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
Refresh page for new terms or visit our Dictionary for the complete list.

A projector is a device that integrates a light source, an optics system, electronics and display(s) for the purpose of projecting an image from a computer or video device onto a wall or screen for large image viewing. These devices attach to a computer or video device as you would connect a monitor or television.

Liquid Crystal Display. A display device for generating color images using a matrix of LCD pixel elements. Each pixel element consists of 3 sub-pixels and an RGB color filter of red (R), green (G), and blue (B). By controlling the voltage to each sub-pixel of an LCD, each cluster of RGB pixels can create a full spectrum of colored light. LCDs are used in flatscreen displays, cameras and notebook computers to name a few.

Nearly every projector made with LCD technology uses 3 separate LCDs, one each for red, green and blue. Light from the projector lamp is separated into RGB with a set of dichroic mirrors. The three light beams (RGB) are passed through separate LCDs and recombined to project a color image.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface that supports audio/video sources such as a set-top box, DVD player, A/V receiver, and video monitors such as a digital projector or digital television (DTV). HDMI is backward compatiable with DVI 1.0 specification and supports HDCP.

HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio, and interactive controls on a single cable. It transmits all ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committe) HDTV standards and supports 8-channel digital audio. First product releases using HDMI occurred in 2003.

Power Zoom:
A zoom lens that is driven by a motor and controlled from the projector's control panel and/or remote control.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD26
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  BenQ HT1075
5.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
8.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
9.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
10.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
11.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
12.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
13.  Optoma GT1080
14.  BenQ W1080ST
15.  Acer H6510BD
16.  Optoma HD25-LV
17.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
18.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
19.  Optoma HD91
20.  BenQ W7500
21.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
22.  LG PF85U
23.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
24.  Optoma HD131Xe
25.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
26.  Optoma HD25e
27.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
28.  InFocus IN8606HD
29.  Optoma HD50
30.  JVC DLA-X500R
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
32.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
33.  Optoma HD161X
34.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
35.  ViewSonic Pro8200
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Optoma HD90
38.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
39.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
40.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
41.  ViewSonic Pro9000
42.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
43.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
44.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
45.  Optoma HD151X
46.  JVC DLA-X55R
47.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
48.  JVC DLA-RS4910
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
53.  JVC DLA-X700R
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
57.  Optoma HD131Xw
58.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
59.  Optoma HD30B
60.  JVC DLA-X35B
61.  JVC DLA-RS49
62.  Vivitek H1180HD
63.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
64.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
65.  JVC DLA-RS57
66.  Vivitek H1185HD
67.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
68.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
69.  SIM2 M.120 ST
70.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
71.  JVC DLA-X35W
72.  JVC DLA-X35BE
73.  Vivitek H5085
74.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
75.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
My Compare List (10 Max)
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
Amazon Fall Outlet Event