The 2014 Best In Class Award Winners

This year’s list of winners and runners-up for all three price ranges.

Under $2000 Winners

Winner – Best In Class:  BenQ W1070

Winner – Best In Class:  Epson Pro Cinema 4030

Runner-Up – Best in Class:  Epson Home Cinema 2000/2030

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$2000 - $3500 Winners

Winner – Best In Class:  Epson Home Cinema 5030ub/ube, Pro Cinema 6030UB

Winner – Best In Class:  Sony VPL-HW55ES

Runner-Up – Best in Class:  Sony VPL-HW40ES

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$3500+ Winners

Winner – Best In Class:  Sony VPL-VW600ES

Runner-Up – Best in Class:  JVC DLA-RS49/RS4910/DLA-X500R

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Non-Winners of Note

The following are noteworthy projectors, that were seriously considered for but didn’t make the final cut for the Best In Class awards.  All won Hot Product Awards.

Listed by price, lowest to highest:

Viewsonic PJD7820

Optoma HD25-LV

Panasonic PT-AE8000U

BenQ W7500


Epson Pro Cinema 6900WU

News and Comments

  • john j

    The Panasonic pt-8000 is heading for its 4th year on the market, as its still available new with full warranties. But it wasn’t convincing blacks wise in 2012, but yet its still competing with todays top models. Even Sonys hw50es wouldn’t stand up now in today’s batch of seasonal releases according to reviewers, but it looks like the pt-ae8000 has a special ingredient that we are not aware of.

    Certainly it was a great gadget-laden projector but video enthusiasts don’t rate it along with JVCs x35 or even Sonys hw50es. I have seen a lot of them exchanged shortly after ownership due to a lack-lustre black response & a washed out picture as a result.