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.

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»
BenQ HT1075 DLP Highly Rated
The new BenQ HT1075 is the successor to the popular W1070. Announced at this year's CEDIA expo in Denver, the HT1075 doesn't make any w... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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The black and white part of a video signal. It is signified by the letter Y. Signals with a separated luminance and color signal avoid interference. This interference can result in dot crawl among other image artifacts.

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.

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.

Dot Pitch:
The distance between side-by-side phosphor color groups (RGB) on a direct view display that uses phosphors. The smaller the better.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Optoma HD26
4.  Optoma HD50
5.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
8.  BenQ HT1075
9.  JVC DLA-X500R
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
12.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
14.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
15.  BenQ W1080ST
16.  Acer H6510BD
17.  Optoma GT1080
18.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
19.  Optoma HD25-LV
20.  BenQ W7500
21.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
22.  Optoma HD91
23.  LG PF1500
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  LG PF85U
26.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
27.  InFocus IN8606HD
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
29.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW5200
31.  Acer H6517ST
32.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
34.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
35.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
36.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
37.  Optoma HD161X
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
39.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
40.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
41.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
42.  ViewSonic Pro9000
43.  Optoma HD151X
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
45.  Optoma HD90
46.  JVC DLA-X700R
47.  Optoma HD131Xw
48.  Acer H7550ST
49.  ViewSonic Pro8200
50.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
52.  JVC DLA-RS4910
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100
54.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
55.  Optoma HD30
56.  JVC DLA-RS49
57.  JVC DLA-X900RKT
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
59.  JVC DLA-RS57
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
61.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
62.  Vivitek H1185HD
63.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
64.  Optoma HD30B
65.  Vivitek H5085
66.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
67.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
68.  Vivitek H1180HD
69.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
70.  JVC DLA-RS6710
71.  JVC DLA-RS67
72.  Cineversum Laser Force
73.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED
74.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
75.  JVC DLA-RS49E