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.

BenQ MH530 DLP Highly Rated
BenQ lists the $599 MH530 as a home entertainment projector, but it's actually an inexpensive crossover model for home, office, and edu... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Invert Image:
Invert image flips the image from top to bottom, to compensate for ceiling mounting a projector upside down. Projectors typically ceiling-mount upside down, because most have a built-in offset that allows you to mount the screen at a comfortable height, yet still project an image without tilting the projector and causing keystone distortion.

Zoom Lens:
A lens with a variable focal length providing the ability to adjust the size of a projected image without moving the projector or provide a range of projector placements that can produce the same size image. See Zoom Ratio.

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.

Maximum Image Size:
The largest image a projector can reasonable throw in a darkened room. Consult the Projection Calculator for guidance on proper placement of a projector for a given screen and content.

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Epson 6040UB
2.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
3.  Optoma HD141X
4.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
5.  BenQ MH530
6.  Optoma HD26
7.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
8.  Panasonic AE8000
9.  BenQ TH670
10.  BenQ HT3050
11.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
12.  Sony HW45ES
13.  LG PF1500
14.  Sony HW65ES
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Optoma HD142x
17.  BenQ HT4050
18.  Epson Pro LS10000
19.  BenQ HT1075
20.  Optoma HD28DSE
21.  BenQ HT2050
22.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
23.  Optoma HD50
24.  Acer H6510BD
25.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
26.  Epson Pro 6030UB
27.  Optoma HD37
28.  BenQ W1070+
29.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
30.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
32.  Epson 5040UB
33.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
34.  Acer H6517ST
35.  BenQ W1110
36.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
37.  Optoma HD25-LV
38.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
39.  BenQ W7500
40.  Sony HW55ES-B
41.  BenQ HT6050
42.  Panasonic AE7000
43.  Epson Pro 4030
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
45.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
46.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
47.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
48.  Epson 5040UBe
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
50.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
51.  Epson Pro LS9600e
52.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
53.  Optoma HD91+
54.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
55.  ViewSonic Pro9000
56.  Epson 4040
57.  Acer H7550ST
58.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
59.  Optoma HD30
60.  Optoma HD151X
61.  Sony HW55ES-W
62.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
63.  Optoma HD90
64.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
65.  Vivitek H1188
66.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
67.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
68.  Vivitek H1060
69.  Acer H7550STz
70.  Ricoh HDC5420
71.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
72.  Optoma HD30B
73.  Digital Projection M-Vision Cine LED 1000 1080p
74.  Vivitek H9090
75.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD