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.

Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Highly Rated
Sony has just released the VPL-HW40ES, a 1080p SXRD home theater projector. At $2,499, it is the most affordable Sony home theater proj... more»
InFocus IN8606HD DLP
All in all, the IN8606HD is a solid projector, but stiff competition in the sub-$1000 home video projector market means that it is not ... more»
LG PF85U DLP Highly Rated
The LG PF85U is a brand new, highly anticipated, LED-based home entertainment projector from LG Electronics. It includes a huge variety... more»
Optoma HD91 DLP
Optoma's newest home theater projector is what many have spent years waiting for - an affordable, high-quality 1080p projector with all... more»
BenQ W7500 DLP Highly Rated
The W7500 is BenQ's newest flagship home theater projector and the long-awaited successor to 2011's BenQ W7000. This 1080p DLP projecto... more»
ViewSonic Pro8520HD DLP Highly Rated
The Viewsonic Pro8520HD is a big bright model designed for use in conference rooms and board rooms. Promising up to 5,000 lumens of bri... more»
At 4,000 lumens with HDTV native resolution, the NEC PE401H projector puts up outstanding data and video images at a modest price.... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 3 LCD
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 is a brand new projector in Epson's home theater line-up that does not replace or upgrade any exist... more»
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB sits at the top of Epson's home theater projector line. As in previous years, Epson's Pro Cinema... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB 3 LCD Editor's Choice
This year's CEDIA trade show in Denver saw Epson refresh its entire home theater projector line. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is Epson's most attractive home video projector to date. It features many of the best features of ... more»
BenQ W1500 DLP Highly Rated
At $1599, the W1500 is not as inexpensive as some other DLP video projectors released this year, but the W1500 includes features not fo... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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High-Definition Television. Generic term that indicates a higher resolution format than previous standards. At present, denotes anything higher than a 480p signal. Most common formats are 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

Contrast increases as the white point increases. Increasing the white point creates a greater difference between white and black.

TV lines:
The analog measurement of image fidelity, it is the number of resolvable vertical lines divided by the aspect ratio. A VHS tape is typically rated at 240 lines where the live feed of a broadcast camera can be as high as 800 lines. It is not the same as pixel resolution.

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.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
4.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
5.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
6.  Optoma HD25-LV
7.  LG PF85U
8.  BenQ W1080ST
9.  Optoma HD131Xe
10.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
11.  Acer H6510BD
12.  Optoma HD91
13.  Optoma HD25e
14.  BenQ W1500
15.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
16.  InFocus IN8606HD
17.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
18.  BenQ W7500
19.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
20.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
21.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
22.  Sony VPL-HW50ES
23.  Optoma HD26
24.  BenQ W7000
25.  Optoma GT1080
26.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
27.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
29.  BenQ HT1075
30.  BenQ W1400
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6100W
32.  JVC DLA-X55R
33.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
34.  ViewSonic Pro9000
35.  ViewSonic Pro8200
36.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
37.  JVC DLA-X500R
38.  Optoma HD131Xw
39.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
40.  Sony VPL-VW95ES
41.  Panasonic PT-AT6000
42.  Optoma HD30B
43.  JVC DLA-X35B
44.  JVC DLA-RS4910
45.  Optoma HD90
46.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9350
47.  Vivitek H1180HD
48.  Epson Europe EH-TW9100
49.  JVC DLA-RS49
51.  Wolf Cinema SDC-15
52.  JVC DLA-X700R
53.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
54.  JVC DLA-RS57
55.  Vivitek H1185HD
56.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
57.  JVC DLA-X95R
58.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
59.  JVC DLA-X35W
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW9000W
61.  JVC DLA-X35BE
62.  JVC DLA-RS67
63.  Runco LightStyle LS-3
64.  Wolf Cinema SDC-10
65.  Vivitek H5080
67.  Runco LightStyle LS-5
68.  Vivitek H5085
69.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
70.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000
71.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
72.  JVC DLA-RS6710
73.  SIM2 Grand Cinema LUMIS 3D PF
75.  JVC DLA-X75R