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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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.

HDTV ready:
A television that supports 720p or 1080i or higher resolutions and does not have a built-in HDTV tuner for off-air reception of HD signals from a special antenna. To view cable and satellite HDTV programming, a cable set-top-box or satellite receiver is required.

Chromatic Aberration:
An optical defect of a lens which causes different colors or wavelengths of light to be focused at different distances from the lens. It is seen as color fringes or halos along edges and around every point in the image.

2:3 Pull-Down:
2:3 pull-down, commonly called 3:2 pull-down, converts film footage to NTSC video. Film footage is shot at 24 frames per second (FPS) and NTSC video is shot at 30 FPS. 3:2 pull-down refers to the electronics needed to convert 24 FPS to 30 FPS so that it can be viewed on a NTSC video device. To accomplish this, 4 frames of film are converted to 5 frames of video by inserting an extra field of film frame every other frame:

Video Frame 1 2 3 4 5
Video Field a b a b a b a b a b
Film Frame 1 2 3 4

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
2.  BenQ TH670
3.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
4.  Optoma HD141X
5.  Optoma HD26
6.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
7.  Panasonic AE8000
8.  BenQ HT3050
9.  Sony HW65ES
10.  LG PF1500
11.  Optoma GT1080
12.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
13.  Epson Pro LS10000
14.  BenQ HT1075
15.  Optoma HD28DSE
16.  BenQ HT2050
17.  BenQ HT4050
18.  Sony HW45ES
19.  Epson Pro 6030UB
20.  BenQ W1070+
21.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
23.  Optoma HD37
24.  Optoma HD50
25.  Acer H6510BD
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
27.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
28.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
29.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
30.  Acer H6517ST
31.  BenQ W1110
32.  Optoma HD25-LV
33.  Sony HW55ES-B
34.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
35.  BenQ W7500
36.  Panasonic AE7000
37.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
38.  Epson Pro LS9600e
39.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
40.  Epson Pro 4030
41.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
42.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
43.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
45.  BenQ MH530
46.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
48.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
49.  Optoma HD151X
50.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
51.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
52.  Sony HW55ES-W
53.  Optoma HD131Xw
54.  ViewSonic Pro9000
55.  Optoma HD91+
56.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
57.  Vivitek H1188
58.  Acer H7550ST
59.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
60.  Optoma HD90
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
62.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
63.  Ricoh HDC5420
64.  Optoma HD30
65.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
66.  Optoma HD30B
67.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
68.  Vivitek H1060
69.  Acer H7550STz
70.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
71.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
72.  SIM2 Crystal Cube SUPERCUBE
73.  LG HECTO
74.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
75.  Runco D-113d