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 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»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson PowerLite 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»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»
Acer H6517ST DLP Highly Rated
This tiny 1080p projector boasts 3,000 lumens, so you can use it in rooms with windows and ambient light. Its defining feature, though,... more»
LG PF1500 DLP Highly Rated
Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED lit projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of ... more»
Optoma HD50 DLP Highly Rated
With the new Optoma HD50 home theater projector, Optoma continues a trend of delivering low-cost, high quality projectors to consumers.... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Apparent stutter of on-screen movement. Motion judder in film is due to the fact that the 24 frame/second sampling rate is too slow to resolve camera panning motion. Judder is also caused by 3:2 pulldown where movie frames are on screen for differing times due to frame rate translations. Also occurs on PAL to NTSC conversions.

Color Temperature:
Color balance of white light which goes from red to blue as the temperature rises. Measured in degrees Kelvin, which starts at absolute 0 or –273 degrees Celsius, color temperature matches the reference standard of the light being emitted from a carbon block heated to the stated degrees. For instance, the early morning sun is around 2500K, which is the same warm light that a carbon block heated to 2227° Celsius would emit. Heating the block further to ~10000° Celsius would emit the same bluish light of a blue-sky mid-day sun. Common color temperatures are 5500 Kelvin (black and white movies) and 6500 Kelvin (standard color films).

Progressive Scan:
A display mode in which all the horizontal lines of an image are displayed at one time in a single frame, unlike an interlaced scan in which a frame consists of two separate fields with the first field consisting of odd horizontal lines and the second field even horizontal lines. Progressive scan is used by projectors, computer monitors, HDTV systems, and some digital camcorders. Progressive Scan requires a faster horizontal scan frequency than interlaced images of the same resolution

Screendoor Effect:
An image distortion caused by digital imagers with a low fill rate. Looks like the picture is seen through a screen door with thin vertical and horizontal black lines and is commonly noticeable on lower resolution LCD displays. An LCD display fitted with a microlens array helps reduce this problem.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ HT3050
2.  BenQ W1070
3.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
4.  Optoma HD28DSE
5.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
6.  Optoma HD26
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  BenQ HT4050
10.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
11.  LG PF1500
12.  BenQ HT1075
13.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
14.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
15.  Optoma HD37
16.  Vivitek H1186-WT
17.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
18.  Optoma GT1080
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
20.  BenQ W1080ST
21.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  Acer H6510BD
24.  Optoma HD50
25.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
26.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
27.  Acer H6517ST
28.  Optoma HD25-LV
29.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
30.  BenQ HT2050
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
32.  BenQ W7500
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
34.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
35.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
36.  BenQ TH670
37.  Optoma HD91
38.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
39.  Sony VPL-HW65ES
40.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
41.  ViewSonic Pro8200
42.  Optoma HD161X
43.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
44.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
45.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
46.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
47.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
48.  LG PF85U
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
50.  ViewSonic Pro9000
51.  Optoma HD151X
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
54.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
55.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
56.  Acer H7550ST
57.  Optoma HD91+
58.  Optoma HD131Xw
59.  Optoma HD90
60.  Optoma HD30
61.  Vivitek H1188
62.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
65.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
66.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
67.  Acer H7550STz
68.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
69.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
70.  JVC DLA-X700RBE
71.  Optoma HD50-WHD
72.  JVC DLA-X500RWE
73.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
74.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
75.  Optoma HD30B