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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A process where a video image is delivered in two fields each containing half the video image rather than a single frame that contains the entire image. The first field contains all the odd lines and the second field contains all the even lines. For example, each 480i frame is made up of two fields of 263 and 262 lines of resolution and updated at 60Hz. 480 denotes the active picture area; however, the total frame size is actually 525 lines. 480i and 1080i are interlaced signals whereas 720p is a progressive signal where each video image is delivered in a single frame. Interlaced video was introduced with the first televisions because of bandwidth limitations.

Scan Rate:
The line drawing speed of a display, usually given in kHz. A standard definition TV has a scan rate of 15.75 kHz which when you divide by 525 scan lines, gives a horizontal refresh rate of 30 fps or Hz.

Given as a percentage or pixel count, the amount that a particular display device crops the edges of an incoming video signal. This is done to ensure the image area contains only picture information.

The time between a device being requested to do something and the start of the device actually doing it. It’s a measurement usually used for LCDs where the shorter the latency the better. NSTC requires a latency of no more than 16ms in order to update the screen in time without leaving a ghost of the previous image.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson 5040UB
3.  BenQ HT2050
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Epson 3100
6.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
7.  Optoma HD27
8.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
9.  Optoma HD29Darbee
10.  BenQ HT2150ST
11.  Epson 4000
12.  Epson 3700
13.  Optoma GT1080
14.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
15.  Epson 6040UB
16.  BenQ HT3050
17.  Panasonic AE8000
18.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
19.  Sony HW65ES
20.  BenQ MH530FHD
21.  JVC DLA-RS520
22.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
23.  BenQ HT1070
24.  Acer H6502BD
25.  Optoma HD28DSE
26.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
27.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
28.  LG HF80JA
29.  Epson 5040UBe
30.  JVC DLA-X570R
31.  BenQ HT4050
32.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
33.  JVC DLA-RS420
34.  Epson Europe TW9300
35.  LG PF1000U
36.  LG PF1500
37.  JVC DLA-X770R
38.  BenQ W1110
39.  LG PF1500W
40.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
41.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
42.  Epson 4040
43.  BenQ HT6050
44.  Optoma GT5500+
45.  Epson Pro LS10000
46.  LG PF1000UW
47.  ViewSonic LS820
48.  Epson 3900
49.  Optoma GT5500
50.  Epson LS10500
51.  BenQ HC1200
52.  Acer H6517ST
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
54.  Epson Europe TW9300W
55.  ViewSonic PX800HD
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
57.  Acer H7550ST
58.  Epson Pro 6030UB
59.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
60.  Vivitek H1188
61.  JVC DLA-RS620
62.  BenQ W8000
63.  Acer Z650
64.  Epson Pro 4030
65.  JVC DLA-X970R
66.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
67.  Optoma HD91+
68.  JVC X5000WE
69.  Runco D-73d
70.  JVC X5000BE
71.  Runco LS-1
72.  Epson Europe EH-LS10500
73.  LG PF1000UA
74.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
75.  JVC X7000BE