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.

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»
BenQ MH530 DLP Highly Rated
BenQ lists the $599 MH530 as a home entertainment projector, but it's actually an inexpensive crossover model for home, office, and edu... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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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.

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.

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 Output:
With audio amplifiers, the amount of power sent to drive the speakers. Peak output is quite often specified, which is somewhat misleading compared to the average amount of power an amplifier can continously produce (RMS rating).
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Sony HW45ES
2.  Epson 6040UB
3.  BenQ MH530
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  BenQ HT3050
6.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
7.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  Panasonic AE8000
10.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
11.  Epson 5040UB
12.  LG PF1500
13.  Optoma GT1080
14.  BenQ TH670
15.  Optoma HD142x
16.  BenQ HT2050
17.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
18.  Sony HW65ES
19.  BenQ HT1075
20.  BenQ HT4050
21.  Epson Pro LS10000
22.  Optoma HD28DSE
23.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
24.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
25.  BenQ W1070+
26.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
27.  Optoma HD37
28.  Acer H6510BD
29.  Epson Pro 6030UB
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
31.  Epson 5040UBe
32.  JVC X500R
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
34.  Optoma HD50
35.  Optoma HD27
36.  BenQ W1110
37.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
38.  JVC X550R
39.  Acer H6517ST
40.  Optoma HD25-LV
41.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
42.  Sony HW55ES-B
43.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
44.  JVC RS400
45.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
46.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
47.  Epson 4040
48.  BenQ W7500
49.  Epson Pro 4030
50.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
51.  BenQ HT6050
52.  Epson Pro LS9600e
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
55.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
56.  JVC RS500
57.  JVC X750R
58.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
59.  Acer H7550ST
60.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
61.  ViewSonic Pro9000
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
63.  Optoma HD30
64.  Optoma HD151X
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
66.  JVC RS600
67.  Sony HW55ES-W
68.  JVC X950R
69.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
70.  JVC X5000BE
71.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
72.  Acer Z650
73.  Optoma HD90
74.  Vivitek H1188
75.  JVC X700R