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.

JVC DLA-RS440U D-ILA Editor's Choice
As you might expect from any JVC Reference Series Custom Install Projector, the JVC DLA-RS440U's image quality alone makes it worth con... more»
Vivitek DH765Z-UST DLP Highly Rated
If you need a 120" to 150" ultra short throw solution for conference room or classroom, make sure to take a look at the new Vivitek DH7... more»
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»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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HDTV ready:
A television that supports 720p or 1080i or higher resolutions and does not have a built-in HDTV tuner for off-air reception of HD signals from a special antenna. To view cable and satellite HDTV programming, a cable set-top-box or satellite receiver is required.

Infra-red Remote:
An infra-red (IR) remote control transmits in the spectrum of infra-red light, such as a television remote. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must point at the receiver (line of sight) or reflect the IR from the screen to the receiver. Typical range is limited to 30 feet including the distance to and from reflected surfaces.

For example, if you are controlling a projector and you point the remote at the screen which is 12 feet from you and the projector is 10 feet from the screen, then the total distance is 22 feet. Unlike RF remotes, IR remotes must have a clear path or a clear reflected path to the IR receiver to operate.

Most projectors have an IR sensor in both the front and rear of the projector, whereas, flatpanels generally have a single IR sensor in the front of the unit. When working at or near the maximum distance, pointing right at the receiver will give better results.

Anamorphic Lens:
An anamorphic lens is a lens that has different optical magnification along mutually perpendicular radii. This provides the ability to project a source image of one aspect ratio, such as 4:3, into a different aspect ratio, such as 16:9, by using different magnifications for the horizontal and the vertical dimensions of the projected image.

Reverberation Time:
Measurement of reflected sound to dissipate within a room by -60dB given in seconds. A home theater should be around .4 seconds.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  Optoma HD142x
2.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
3.  Epson 5040UB
4.  Sony HW45ES
5.  Optoma HD27
6.  BenQ HT2150ST
7.  BenQ HT2050
8.  Optoma HD39Darbee
9.  JVC DLA-RS440U
10.  Epson Home Cinema 1060
11.  Optoma GT1080Darbee
12.  Epson 4000
13.  Optoma GT1080
14.  Epson 3700
15.  Epson 3100
16.  Optoma HD29Darbee
17.  BenQ HT3050
18.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
19.  BenQ W2000
20.  Epson Home Cinema 2100
21.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
22.  BenQ TH671ST
23.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700
24.  LG HF85JA
25.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
26.  BenQ HT2050A
27.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
28.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
29.  BenQ MH530FHD
30.  Epson 6040UB
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
32.  Sony HW65ES
33.  LG HF80JA
34.  BenQ W1110
35.  Optoma GT5500+
36.  Epson Europe TW9300
37.  BenQ HT1070A
38.  LG PF1500W
39.  JVC DLA-X590R
40.  Epson 5040UBe
41.  LG PF1000UW
42.  JVC DLA-RS520
43.  Optoma HD28DSE
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW650
45.  JVC DLA-X790R
46.  BenQ HT4050
47.  JVC DLA-RS420
48.  Acer H6517ST
49.  Epson 4040
50.  Acer H6502BD
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW7300
52.  Vivitek H1188
53.  JVC DLA-X570R
54.  JVC DLA-X990R
55.  JVC DLA-RS540U
56.  Epson Europe EH-TW6700W
57.  JVC DLA-X770R
58.  LG PF1000UA
59.  JVC DLA-X5900BE
60.  Epson LS10500
61.  ViewSonic LS820
62.  Acer Z650
63.  Epson Pro 6030UB
64.  ViewSonic PX800HD
65.  Epson Pro LS10000
66.  Optoma HD91+
67.  JVC DLA-X7900BE
68.  Epson 3900
69.  Epson Europe TW9300W
70.  JVC DLA-X5900WE
71.  JVC DLA-RS640U
72.  JVC DLA-RS620
73.  BenQ W8000
74.  Acer H7550STz
75.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210