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.

In our pages, you’ll find links to the 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.

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.

Spend more than that, and 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.

For our Best In Class awards, 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! Popular home theater projector brands include: SonyEpson, Viewsonic PanasonicOptoma, JVC, BenQ

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Home Theater Projector Reviews

Image Review MRSP Technology
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review$999 (889 street price)
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review$12495
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review$789
Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review$5999
Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review$9999
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Projector Review: Update$
Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review$27999
Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review$1699
BenQ HT1075 Projector Review$1199
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review$7999
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review$1299
Four Home Theater Projector Comparison$
#4 in our 4-Way Comparison: Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector$
#3 in our 4-Way Comparison: BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector$
#2 in our 4-Way Comparison: Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector$
#1 in our 4-Way Comparison: Epson Home Cinema 5030UB Projector$
Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review$3999
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review$5199
Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector$
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review$2799
Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Home Theater Projector$14999
Epson Pro Cinema G6900 WU Home Theater Projector$7499
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review$6499
Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Sharp XV-Z30000$
Acer H9500BD vs. Panasonic AR100U$
JVC DLA-X95R and DLA-X75R vs. Sony VPL-VW95ES$
Epson Home Cinema 3020 vs. Optoma HD25-LV$
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB vs. Optoma HD8300$
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB vs. Panasonic PT-AE8000U$
Optoma GT760 Projector Review$649
BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review$1999
Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review$3499
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review$899
Review: Optoma HD131Xe Projector$799
Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector$3999
Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review$2499
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review$2599
Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review$999
Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review$699
Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD Projector$799
Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review$1299
Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review$799
BenQ W1080ST Home Theater Projector Review$1299
JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review$3499
JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review$11999
Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review$2999
Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review$3500
BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review$999
JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review$4999
Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review$999
Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review$2499
Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison$
Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review$2999
Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review$3500
Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review$3500
Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999
Epson Home Cinema 710 HD Home Theater Projector Review$649
Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review$899
Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Review$24999
Home Projector Comparison Report: Summary$
Home Projector Comparison Report: Screen Recommendations$
JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review$9999
Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review$1999
Epson MegaPlex MG-50 LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review$699
BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999
Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review$3999
SIM2 Nero 3D-2 Projector Review$24900
Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review$6999
Panasonic PT-AE7000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5010 Projector Comparison$
Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review$2999
Epson Megaplex MG-850HD WXGA LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review$799
Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review$1699
Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review$3499
Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review$3699
Optoma GT750 3D Game Projector Review$799
Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review$4499
Optoma HD33 Home Theater Projector Review$1499
JVC DLA-HD250Pro Projector Review$2995
JVC DLA-HD250 Projector Review$2995
Optoma GT720 Projector Review$749
BenQ MW811ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector$2099
Runco Lightstyle LS-5 Projector Review$6995
BenQ W1200 Home Theater Projector Review$1499

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.

A bright home theater projector can handle a 128" screen even with lighting present.

A bright home theater projector can handle a 128″ screen even with lighting present.

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.

Price Range

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.

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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.

News And Comments

  • the_real_crab

    I’m not a fan of the new web design!

    Old one was much easier to navigate and get a handle on.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      We want to make this the best site possible–let us know anything in particular you liked better before that we should bring back, or any specific improvements we could make… The more detail, the better! Shoot Art an email at reviewer@projectorreviews.com!

      • the_real_crab

        The presentation looks great but personally I find It’s just a bit clumsy for me.Too much going on. But hey…. that’s just me

        I still love reading the reviews and that’s all that matters in the end.

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Hi “crab” Can you be more specific? For example, someone else mentioned that the thing they missed was the list at the bottom of the homepage, which had a paragraph description for each review, listing them from most recent, back over one year. We can bring that back (not on the homepage of course), but as the direct link from one of the tabs (green) area on the masthead of every page. I’ve got about 10 days to “wrap this up”, as it’s eating way too much time, cutting into getting reviews done. So, if you want to see some improved navigation, let me know what it is you want. much appreciated! -art

          • the_real_crab

            Hi Art,

            I don’t know how to put it into words. It might just feel clumsy because it’s different?? I’m sure the more I read the reviews, eventually it will become the new norm.

            One suggestion: Maybe have an option to change the font size. Small-as it appears now, medium and large.

            I love reading your reviews and have bought a few projectors based on your reviews. I have yet to be disappointed with the projectors I purchased. Thanks!

            P.S-don’t waste anymore time on the site…..get them reviews done! ;-) Looking forward to the Sony reviews…..One of them might be my new projector!

  • RDA

    I must be blind…but is there a “top ten list” somewhere on this site? I’m just looking for a general ranking and am not inclined to read every single review, just the reviews of the best of set. Thanks

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Greetings RDA, It was right before your eyes. On the homepage below the first image player (features), is the second one. It is titled (in the green bar): Top 15 Home Theater Projectors.

      You can scroll though the 15, with those buttons on the right. (they are supposed to rotate through all the projectors, but that player isn’t working yet) (the “new site” has been up 9 days). We’re fixing bugs like that as fast as we can. Now most projectors tend to be released in Oct – January, so we’re in the middle of a lot of reviews. (I’m finishing a Sony and an Optoma this week.)

      I want to mention though, that you should check out the annual Home Theater Projector Report, which is linked to from the 2nd paragraph of this page, or from the Report tab on the masthead of every page. This annual report has a lot of competitive guidance, is organized by under $2000, $2000-$3500, and $3500+ projectors. It is our most important document for those into home theater projectors. While some Epsons, Sonys and JVC’s are being updated this fall, most of those improvements are evolutionary, so, for example last year’s HW50 Sony is close enough to the HW55 I’m reviewing (it’s replacement) to help you choose, say between that and other projectors in the same price range.

  • ResponsibleIndividual

    great reviews. some of the best of any product reviews out there.

    wondering, the epson 5030 seems to be really good, but doesn’t have the lens memory. any similar priced projector with something close in quality that would have the lens memory. watch a lot of sports in HD but would really like the ability to have a 2.39 screen for movies without manually adjusting.

    also, without a lens memory, how difficult or time consuming is it to adjust manually between the two image aspects ratios. thanks

  • Frodo

    Thanks for your great work and generosity sharing your insights with us,
    I wonder if you could share your thoughts comparing the BenQ w1200 with the Epson Home Cinema 2030, particularly in terms of image quality and value.
    Thanks again.

  • Carlos


    I would like to get the advanced calibration data for epson 3020e projector. I can’t find the susbcriber section to access this information. I’d appreciate if you can point me in the right direction. My email is guirados@hotmail.com Thanks.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      There isn’t a separate “subscriber section” per say–in fact, all you have to do is go a specific review and find the “Advanced Calibration Information” page, located after the regular Calibration Information & Settings page. Unless you are a paid subscriber, this page will appear blank (save for instructions on how to subscribe). Subscribers will see content. Just check out the review in question and select the Advanced Calibration Info page from the drop-down navigation menu at the top of each page of the review. For the 3020, it’s the #19 on the menu list.

      • Carlos

        OK Thanks, i get that, but I can’t find anywhere to become a subscriber and pay. That’s where I’m stuck.

      • Carlos

        Forget that I just found it. Thanx

  • C. Petty

    Still curious to if you are ever going to review the Vivitek H1185 HD…physically it looks quite similar to the Optoma HD161X…same price point and most specs are similar except the Vivitek puts out 2500 lumen. Would like to see a review on this projector one day.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi, C

      I hear you. Last week I emailed an upper management contact at Vivitek (one I shouldn’t have to go to) to “complain” that I haven’t been getting any follow up from them. I spoke with them at CES… but nothing since.

      My contact emailed back that they would contact me this week. My goal is to re-establish communications so that we can bring in at least one home and one biz/ed, and maybe one pocket projector within the next year.

      As always, when a manufacturer commits to sending a product, I will note that on the homepage under Coming Soon…

      So, with a little luck your wish will be granted, but you’ll have to figure that even if that’s the next one in (the timing would be good), it’s likely 7-10 weeks before you would see a finished review (although a “First look” might show up sooner.) -art

  • C. Petty

    Thanks Art for the reply. You would think that Vivitek would want their new projectors reviewed. Oh well the few times I fired it up it looked great. Current living situation prevents a permanent area dedicated for a real large screen. Hope to change that soon.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi again C.

      Of course, but then keep in mind that home oriented projectors are a relatively minor market, many of these companies have limited resources despite being part of a much larger organization. I believe the US home market is only about 200,000+ projectors a year (not counting pico projectors…). With Epson having more than 1/3, that leaves barely 12,000 projectors a month spread out over a great many companies including the likes of BenQ, Optoma, Viewsonic, Vivitek, Sony, JVC… etc. Most make lower cost projectors – so Even if one sells 1000 units a month in the US, and makes $200 on each, that’s not much gross revenue. $24 million a year. My old online projector reseller company, at peak – a small company with a single office/warehouse, did $17 million in projectors, and could barely support a staff of 25… These guys have to have marketing, sales, warehousing, support, warranty repair, advertising campaigns.
      The non-home projector market is easily 10 times the size. It’s not that companies like Vivitek or Optoma don’t want to get review units out, it’s that asia might only send them a few units to use for those purposes, etc., but more likely, it’s just them having their hands full, and all the usual industry flux, trade shows, new models, etc. -art