Home Theater Projectors
The home theater projectors category includes the latest projectors used for home theater systems. See below for a list of home theater projector reviews and information pages. They are listed in order, most recent first.
Scroll down for a list of all of our most recent home theater projector reviews, listed starting most recent projectors first.
Most of today’s projectors for home theater are Full HD, which is 1080p resolution. Note: Check out our Home Theater Projector Comparison Report which is our most comprehensive buying guide for home theater projectors. I should point out that the Projector Report does not cover the lower cost 720p projectors which aren’t quite as sharp, but start around $500, these days 1080p – Full HD projectors start at under $700.
You’ll find links to other home theater projectors we haven’t reviewed, where you can find specs and usually product brochures. Some of the links on this page go to other similar pages, with other lists of projectors. Naturally some lists are similar to each other – ie. video projectors and multimedia projectors.
Projectors for your home come in two flavors: Home Theater Projectors and Home entertainment projectors. That second group are projectors geared for home that tend to be very bright, to use in less than ideal rooms. Typically those home entertainment projectors are also less “perfectionist”. Some very bright projectors have to be considered true “home theater” because they are still offering image performance to satisfy the enthusiast in many of us. Most home entertainment projectors sell for well under $2000, and many are “entry – level”. For those seeking high performance image quality, moving up a big step, look to spend around $2000 to $3500 or so. Above that things keep getting better, but the best overall value for those looking for a first class picture and a well endowed home theater projector should be very pleased with the best of the $2000 – $3500 priced home theater projectors, if your budget allows.
Read our most recent Annual 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report. And find out which home theater projectors won our top awards and why, one of them is probably the right projector for you!
Home Theater Projector
Four Home Theater Projector Comparison
Three of the four – all but the Optoma, are officially priced in the $2499 to $2799 range, although selling discounts vary, and what extras come with >>
#4 in our 4-Way Comparison: Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector
As it turns out, the Optoma HD91, the most expensive of our four projectors comes in last overall by my judgement, but that doesn’t mean it can’t >>
#3 in our 4-Way Comparison: BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector
The W7500 is one light canon of a home theater projector. Drop one in a home theater or a decently light controlled family room, media room or living >>
#2 in our 4-Way Comparison: Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector
The Sony VPL-HW40ES is the most recent review I’ve posted. It's still in my theater as I write this. It is also the least expensive to purchase ( >>
#1 in our 4-Way Comparison: Epson Home Cinema 5030UB Projector
The Epson 5030UB is a 3LCD projector with a street price (UMAP) of $2599 (Editor's note: Epson has had a formal price reduction to $2499). Unlike the >>
Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review
The HD91 is the first reasonably serious, LED light source projector for the dedicated home theater or cave. It absolutely needs to be calibrated, >>
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review
JVC DLA-RS4910 and the RS49 and X500R - are superb home theater projectors with excellent black levels, that are 3D capable and accept 4K source material >>
Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector
Epson's HC5030UB - aka Home Cinema 5030UB takes on Sony's VPL-HW55ES. This is a battle of what I consider the two best projectors in terms of performance >>
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review
The BenQ W7500 home theater projector is new for 2014. An extremely bright DLP projector, it replaces one of our favorite projectors in last year's >>
Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Home Theater Projector
Some comparisons to the competition will be added, as well as additional commentary, including more on the VW600ES's 4K Media Player and Xperia tablet >>
Epson Pro Cinema G6900 WU Home Theater Projector
This projector is essentially identical to Epson's commercial Powerlite Pro G6900WU. They may basically the same, but warranty and support differ, favoring >>
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review
The POWERLITE PRO G6900WU is designed to operate in many environments, from traditional office, to sports bars, auditoriums, or even your home "media >>
Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Sharp XV-Z30000
A brief comparison of the Panasonic PT-AE8000 and Sharp XV-Z30000 projectors.
Acer H9500BD vs. Panasonic AR100U
A brief comparison of the Acer H9500BD and Panasonic AR100U projectors.
Home Theater Projector Reviews
About Home Theater Projectors
Many people use the phrase Home Theater Projectors to include just about any projector that ends up in the home. More technically it encompasses projectors that are optimized to work in rooms set up as a “theater” rather than your average family room.
From a practical standpoint, complimenting home theater projectors, there are home entertainment projectors, and all-in-one projectors.
A good home theater projector not only has color optimized for movie viewing, but also should be able to produce very dark “blacks.” Those dark blacks are the key to dark scenes looking great. However, it is important to remember that most people expect to be watching more things than just movies at home, including HDTV, sports and, for many people, gaming. What you watch, as well as your room conditions, will be a key factor in selecting your projector.
Today’s home theater projectors start at around $500 dollars for 720p resolution, and as low as $700 for 1080p projectors. Just four years ago one could not buy 1080p home theater projectors for much under $2000. Note please that the least expensive of these are “crossover” projectors, their design based as a business portable. None the less many of them can do an admirable job for the amount spent.
Almost all home theater projectors are relatively modest in brightness. It’s a trade-off for better picture quality and especially, contrast and black levels. Most home projectors today offer 2500 lumens or less, with the brighter ones being capable of tackling brighter rooms, such as family rooms, living rooms or media centers. In fact some are really geared for that, while other bright projectors may be even more at home in a dedicated theater.
They are almost all 3D home theater projectors. That’s right every new home theater or home entertainment projector to hit the market since late 2011 has offered 3D. Not all come with 3D glasses, but they are otherwise ready to go. Active 3D for projectors is mostly a firmware thing, so not expensive to implement.
An image from the Epson Home Cinema 8350, a popular, low-cost LCD projector.
Annual Home Theater Projectors Report
Each year we have had a chance to review the large majority of new home theater projectors announced at the annual CEDIA show, which is held in September. Most of the projectors announced at this event begin shipping between September and February. For this reason, we publish our major 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report at the end of winter after we have had a chance to review virtually all significant under-$15,000 home theater projectors. Since the bulk of each year’s newly announced home theater projectors are 1080p, the report focuses on these higher resolution projectors.