Home Theater Projectors
The home theater projectors page includes the latest projectors used for home theater and home entertainment. See below for a list of reviews of home theater projectors, and also information pages. They are listed in order, most recent first.
Scroll down for the list of all of our most recent home theater projector reviews.
Most of today’s home theater projectors offer Full HD, which is 1080p resolution. Note: Please 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 below $500. These days a basic 1080p – Full HD – projector can be had for less than $700!
In our pages, you’ll find links to our reviews as well as other projectors that we haven’t reviewed. You will find specs and usually product brochures for you to peruse . 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 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. (continued below)
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.
We consider that range to be the market sweet spot, with the best projectors in that price range offering the most bang, for the least buck. Spend more than that, and picture quality will continue to improve, but the best overall value for those looking for a first class picture will be the best of the $2000 – $3500 priced models.
For our Best In Class awards, read our most recent Annual 1080p 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 projectors for you own home theater or cave include those from brands like Sony, Epson, Viewsonic Panasonic, Optoma, JVC, BenQ…
Home Theater Projector
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 >>
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.
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review
A quick clarification. This JVC DLA-RS6710U accepts some 4K content, but technically it is still a 1080p projector, since it has 1080p panels. It >>
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review
This PJD7822HD review has just published. Calibration pages info, proofing and additional photos and commentary will be added, over the first two weeks >>
Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review
The VPL-VW350ES is the lowest cost true 4K projector to hit the market to date, at $9999 US. It sports a beautiful picture and 1500 lumens. Impressive >>
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Projector Review: Update
This update complements the original 9/2014 review based on an early engineering sample of the Pro Cinema LS10000. The bulk of the info in the original >>
Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review
The Optoma HD161X projector serves up very good color, true 1080p resolution and plenty of brightness - claiming 2000 lumens - plus the native sharpness >>
Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review
Epson Home Cinema 3500 - Street price under $1700, "light cannon" brightness with almost 3000 measured lumens, Epson's Super-Resolution, 3D, and improved >>
BenQ HT1075 Projector Review
The HT1075 projector is ultimately BenQ's replacement projector for the popular W1070. It certainly looks the same, but has a couple of extra bells >>
Home Theater Projector Reviews
Theater vs Entertainment
Remember the differences between home theater and home entertainment.
A good projector to drop into a home theater, 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 there are a lot of folks using projectors for gaming. What you watch, as well as your room conditions, will be a key factor in selecting your projector.
Today’s projectors targeting a home theater or “cave” start at under $500 dollars for 720p resolution, and as low as $700 for 1080p projectors. Just four years ago one could not buy 1080p resolution home theater projectors for much under $2000. Note please that the least expensive home projectors are “crossover” projectors, their design based as a business portable. Despite their “upbringing,” some of those can do an admirable job for the amount spent, but they are home entertainment.
Almost all dark room projectors are relatively modest in brightness. It’s a trade-off for better picture quality and especially, contrast and black levels. Most “home” projectors you will consider today offer 3000 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.
Brightness has increased in the past few years to support 3D. 3D home theater projectors now include almost every new projector geared for home use. Virtually all that have hit the market since 2012 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 5030UB, a popular, low-cost LCD projector.
Our Annual Report for Home Theater Enthusiasts
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 or October. Most of the projectors announced at this event begin shipping between September and February. Since the bulk of each year’s newly announced projectors are 1080p, the report focuses on these higher resolution projectors, but now also includes those new 4K projectors.