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.

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»
JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA Highly Rated
The JVC X500R is a member of the third generation of e-Shift projectors. With over a thousand lumens of calibrated light output and sup... 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»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Lens Shift:
The purpose of "lens shift" is to eliminate keystone correction and provide greater flexibility in the placement of the projector relative to the screen or the alignment of stacked projectors. This is accomplished by allowing the optical lens to be physically shifted vertically and/or horizontally. These adjustments may be manual or motorized depending on the projector. See horizontal lens shift and vertical lens shift for typical adjustment ranges.

Front Projection:
A system where the projector sits in front of the screen with the image getting reflected back to the audience.

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.

Color Break-up:
Image anomaly which looks like a rainbow at the edge of bright objects on screen. Also called rainbow effect where sequential color systems, such as single chip DLP projectors or some LCoS RPTVs, update color information at different locations on the screen because of quick movement of screen objects or a viewer’s gaze. For instance, the red component of a white object will show at a different location on the screen than blue when an object moves quickly across because color is being displayed sequentially. This also occurs with quick relative movement such as moving your gaze from point to point across the screen. Most noticeable in bright objects.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  LG PF1500
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  BenQ W1070
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  BenQ HT1075
6.  Optoma HD50
7.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
12.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
13.  JVC DLA-X500R
14.  ViewSonic Pro8200
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
16.  Acer H6510BD
17.  BenQ W1080ST
18.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
19.  Optoma GT1080
20.  Optoma HD25-LV
21.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
22.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
23.  Optoma HD91
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  BenQ W7500
26.  LG PF85U
27.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
29.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
30.  InFocus IN8606HD
31.  Acer H6517ST
32.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
34.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
35.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
36.  Optoma HD161X
37.  Optoma HD91+
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
39.  ViewSonic Pro9000
40.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
41.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
42.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
43.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
44.  Acer H7550ST
45.  Optoma HD131Xw
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
47.  JVC DLA-X700R
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
49.  Optoma HD90
50.  JVC DLA-RS4910
51.  Optoma HD151X
52.  Optoma HD30
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
55.  JVC DLA-RS49
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
57.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
59.  Vivitek H1185HD
60.  JVC DLA-RS57
61.  Vivitek H1180HD
62.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
63.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
64.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
65.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
66.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
67.  Optoma HD30B
68.  JVC DLA-RS67
69.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
70.  JVC DLA-RS6710
71.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
72.  Runco LightStyle LS-5
73.  Vivitek H5085
74.  JVC DLA-X700RBE
75.  Wolf Cinema SDC-6