The HD projectors category includes most home theater projectors. It includes both those sporting Full HD which is 1080p resolution, and 720p projectors, which, technically are just HD. The same is true for LCDTVs and Plasmas when talking HD and Full HD. HD is, of course, an acronym for High Definition.
In the projector world, primarily HD is a phrase associated with home theater projectors, rather than other types, but recently, the HD definition is showing up on business, education and other commercial projectors with 2K resolution. (2048×1024, or similar). For our purposes HD Projectors will be defined for home theater projectors only. See below for a list of HD projector reviews and information pages.
For home theater systems, virtually all projectors are either HD or Full HD these days.
You can still find a few all-in-one projectors that are lower resolution, but everything else, or at least everything we’re aware of, over $600 should be HD, and there really is only some DIY stuff, and maybe some old closeouts for less.
Most 720p HD projectors are under $1000, but there are some huge exceptions, including 3 chip DLP’s such as the Runco LS-7, a rather superb, $15,000 extremely bright home theater projector. In fact 720p 3 chip DLP projectors can cost several times even that amount.
That’s fine, some real high performance projectors, but keep in mind there are also a number of under $10K 720p single chip DLP projectors from “high end brands” as well.
1080p Report: 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report.
HD Projector Reviews
Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review
The Pro Cinema 1985 - A True Light Canon of a projector for enjoyable large screen viewing in "Bright Rooms." We're talking living rooms, family rooms >>
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review
"Optoma’s 1080p ultra short throw interactive projector, the EH320USTi, is perfect for businesses, schools and colleges. It is bright (4,000 lumens) >>
Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review
The "Evolution is Upon Us." Sony's VPL-HW65ES offers a number of improvements over the HW55ES - its rather excellent predecessor - which was a Best In >>
Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review
The HC1040 projector is geared for "bright rooms" - doesn't need a cave to enjoy sports, HDTV and movies
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review
The DLA-RS600U and the virtually identical DLA-X950R are JVC's flagship models for the US Market (called the DLA-X9000 in Europe) and replace the DLA- >>
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review
Typically the under $2000 range for home projectors has consisted of two classes of projectors, the entry level of the home theater class - projectors >>
Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review
No, the VW665ES isn't a revolutionary new home theater projector. Let me qualify that: Perhaps you could count all Sony 4K home theater projectors >>
BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review
BenQ HT4050 is the highest quality of three new DLP based home theater / home entertainment projectors. How improved over their W1070, HT1075 you may >>
Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review
I'm a bit late getting this published. I received a Home Cinema 2040 - also referred to as HC2040 about five weeks ago. It was an engineering sample >>
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors
This is my opinion which resulted in the Epson LS10000 winning our Best In Class award for projectors priced $3500 and up, while the JVC came in as Runner >>
Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL is a large, heavy, very bright commercial installation projector intended for auditorium size venues and/or specialized >>
Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review
The Optoma HD37 Projector from Optoma is a solid home entertainment projector around the $1000 price range.
Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review
The Epson Pro Cinema G6550WU and Powerlite Pro G6550WU are near identical, 5200 lumens bright, and feature laden.
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review
Spectacular color fidelity and plenty of flexibility make the BenQ HC1200 projector a winner.
HD Projector Reviews Reviews
About HD Projectors
The bottom line on today’s High Definition – HD Projectors is that they provide a level of quality, that less than a decade ago, was unobtainable for less than $20,000. Yet, today’s HD projectors start well under $1000, even for Full HD. The overall picture quality varies by price, brand and other issues, but even the very least of the HD home theater projectors is almost certain to dazzle just about everyone but hard core enthusiasts, when properly set up.
For those with older projectors, or looking for their first, an HD projector should truly impress, but content is king. If you watch standard TV and standard DVDs, you will not be able to get the fullest performance, and viewing pleasure that would come with HDTV, and Blu-ray discs.
Popular HD Projector Reviews
BenQ W1000 Projector
The W1000 is exceptionally bright and is perhaps the most impressive overall 1080p projector out there under $1,000.
JVC DLA-RS25 Projector
The RS25 is a worthy successor for last year’s Best In Class (under $10,000) 1080p projector winner, the RS20. The premium priced RS25 offers premium performance with improved color management, plus CFI.
LG CF181D Projector
At $2499, the LG CF181D LCoS 1080p projector is extremely impressive. It’s one of the very brightest projectors under $10,000 and one of the best under $3,000, has really good color, and decent black level performance.
Epson Home Cinema 8500UB
The 8500UB replaces last year’s Best In Class winners, also Epson 1080p projectors, boasting a sharper image, great blacks, a great warranty, improved CFI, and better color. What’s not to like?
The Mitsubishi HC4000 may be the entry-level (under $1,500) 1080p projector to beat. It offers rich, great looking color, decent blacks, a sharp image, and is really bright in Best Mode.