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…
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Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review
The Home Cinema 3700 is one of three projectors launched in September 2016, replacing the older 3000 series. There are significant improvements. Because >>
Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater Projector Review
The basics are this - Sony's VPL-VW5000ES is at the moment the best true 4K home theater projector currently shipping. There are more coming to market >>
Sony VPL-VW365ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review
The Sony VPL-VW365ES is the least expensive true 4K home theater projector currently available, at $9999 list price. It supports 4K HDR for dazzling >>
Check out our 2016 Holiday Projector Shopping Guides
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BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review
The BenQ HT6050 is their serious home theater projector with 1080p resolution. 2000 lumens, and a current street price under $3000 (with bundled lens >>
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review
The VPL-HW45ES offers great color and a bright picture. Ideal for media rooms, and home theaters, this 1800 lumen 1080p projector is Sony's most affordable >>
LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review
Small, but packed with features, LG's MiniBeam PF1000U is an ultra-short throw projector that includes a TV tuner, wireless networking and one of the >>
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review
These all new, pixel shifting, 4K capable "Ultra Black" projectors from Epson; the Home Cinema 5040UB - aka HC5040UB - and Pro Cinema 6040UB - aka PC6040UB >>
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review
The Viewsonic PJD7835 is a relatively small, crossover portable business and education projector that doubles as a great "bright room" projector for the >>
JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review
This year JVC has upped their projector game, and nowhere is that more apparent than the JVC DLA-RS400 and DLA-X550R home theater projectors sold in the >>
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 >>
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
BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review
The HT3050 is the middle projector of three new home entertainment - home theater entries. We've previously reviewed (and liked) the more expensive >>
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.