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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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.

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.

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.

Full On/Off Contrast:
Contrast is the ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a projector or flat panel to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. There are two 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 contrast ratio, make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for a given product.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
2.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
3.  Optoma HD141X
4.  BenQ TH670
5.  Optoma HD26
6.  Panasonic AE8000
7.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
8.  BenQ HT3050
9.  BenQ HT1075
10.  Sony HW65ES
11.  LG PF1500
12.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
13.  Optoma GT1080
14.  Optoma HD28DSE
15.  Epson Pro LS10000
16.  Sony HW45ES
17.  BenQ HT2050
18.  BenQ HT4050
19.  Epson Pro 6030UB
20.  BenQ W1070+
21.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
23.  Acer H6510BD
24.  Optoma HD50
25.  Optoma HD37
26.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
27.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
28.  Optoma HD25-LV
29.  BenQ W1110
30.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
32.  Acer H6517ST
33.  Sony HW55ES-B
34.  Panasonic AE7000
35.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
36.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
37.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
38.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
39.  BenQ W7500
40.  Epson Pro 4030
41.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
42.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
43.  Epson Pro LS9600e
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
45.  ViewSonic Pro9000
46.  BenQ MH530
47.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
48.  Optoma HD131Xw
49.  Optoma HD151X
50.  Acer H7550ST
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
52.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
53.  Sony HW55ES-W
54.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
55.  Optoma HD30
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
57.  Vivitek H1188
58.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
59.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
60.  Optoma HD91+
61.  Optoma HD90
62.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
63.  Ricoh HDC5420
64.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
65.  SIM2 Crystal Cube SUPERCUBE
66.  Vivitek H1060
67.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
68.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
69.  Acer H7550STz
70.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
71.  Optoma HD30B
72.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
73.  Vivitek H5095
74.  Runco LS-5
75.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E