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.

AAXA M6 Pico DLP Highly Rated
The AAXA M6 delivers a unique mix of native HD 1080p resolution, a 2.5-pound weight for easy portability, and a low price, at only $599... more»
LG HF80JA DLP Highly Rated
The LG Electronics HF80JA Smart Laser Home Theater Projector is definitely unique. Think of it as a portable 90" flat screen HDTV that ... more»
JVC DLA-RS520 D-ILA Editor's Choice
If there is one word the JVC DLA-RS520 brings to mind it would be elegance. It is, quite simply, a beautifully refined and precision-en... more»
Epson 5040UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
At $2,699, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB occupies a unique position in today's market, delivering image quality that rivals far more exp... more»
ViewSonic PX800HD DLP Highly Rated
With a street price of only $1,299, the ViewSonic PX800HD is one of the least expensive ultra short throw (UST) home theater projectors... more»
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»
Epson 3900 3 LCD
The Epson Home Cinema 3900, at $1,999, is the most expensive variation of three highly similar Epson home theater projectors, a group t... more»
Epson 3700 3 LCD Highly Rated
The $1,499 Epson Home Cinema 3700 full HD home theater projector is the somewhat brighter near twin of the $1,299 Epson Home Cinema 310... more»
Epson 3100 3 LCD Editor's Choice
In Epson's current line of home theater projectors, their Home Cinema 3100 at $1299 is a step up in price from the entry level Home Cin... more»
Acer H6502BD DLP Highly Rated
Pairing a 3400-lumen rating with a $699 street price--and widely available online for a bit less--the Acer H6502BD is one of the bright... more»
Optoma GT5500 DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma GT5500 home entertainment projector stands out for its combination of ultra short throw, 3,500 lumen brightness, and low str... more»
Epson 6040UB 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB is an all new 4K-enhanced home theater projector that replaces the earlier Pro Cinema 6030UB. Though there ... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Geometry:
Characteristic of a display to accurately show an image without distorting it. When a display’s geometry is good, it represents square objects as a square, etc. See pincushioning and barrel distortion.

NTSC:
National Television Standards Committee. Established the first color TV standard in 1953 and is the North American standard for video and broadcasting. Also used in the Caribbean, South Korea, Japan and South America. A 30 fps signal with 525 lines of resolution of which 480 to 483 are viewable. Transmitted via a 6MHz channel.

Jaggy:
The stair-step or sawtooth effect seen on lines that are not horizontal or vertical or the edge of objects in digital displays. Also known as aliasing. Smoothing and antialiasing techniques can reduce the effect of aliasing.

Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry 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 the contrast ratio of video devices make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for the same video device.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Optoma HD27
6.  BenQ HT2050
7.  Epson 3100
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
9.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
10.  BenQ HT2150ST
11.  Epson 3700
12.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
13.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
14.  Optoma HD29Darbee
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
17.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
18.  Panasonic AE8000
19.  BenQ HT3050
20.  Epson 4000
21.  Epson 6040UB
22.  BenQ W2000
23.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
24.  Sony HW65ES
25.  JVC DLA-RS520
26.  Optoma HD28DSE
27.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
28.  BenQ MH530FHD
29.  BenQ W1110
30.  Epson 5040UBe
31.  LG ProBeam UST
32.  BenQ HT1070
33.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
34.  LG PF1500
35.  Epson Europe TW9300
36.  JVC DLA-X570R
37.  LG HF80JA
38.  JVC DLA-RS420
39.  BenQ HT4050
40.  LG PF1000U
41.  BenQ HT1070A
42.  Acer H6502BD
43.  Epson Pro LS10000
44.  JVC DLA-X770R
45.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
46.  Epson LS10500
47.  Optoma GT5500+
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
49.  Vivitek H1188
50.  Epson 4040
51.  Acer H6517ST
52.  Acer H7550ST
53.  Optoma GT5500
54.  LG PF1000UW
55.  BenQ HC1200
56.  JVC DLA-RS620
57.  LG PF1500W
58.  Epson 3900
59.  ViewSonic LS820
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
61.  BenQ HT6050
62.  JVC DLA-RS540K
63.  JVC X5000BE
64.  Epson Europe TW9300W
65.  JVC DLA-X590RBK
66.  Acer Z650
67.  JVC DLA-RS640K
68.  ViewSonic PX800HD
69.  Optoma HD91+
70.  JVC DLA-X790RBK
71.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500
72.  JVC DLA-RS440K
73.  JVC DLA-X990R
74.  Epson Pro 6030UB
75.  BenQ W8000