Projector Reviews

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.

Projectors for the home come in two flavors: home theater and home entertainment.
Projectors for the home come in two flavors: home theater and home entertainment.

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, while 4K resolution is quickly becoming the new standard by which the picture is judged.

To learn more, check out our recent Home Theater Projector Report which is our most comprehensive buying guide for home theater projectors in several different price points and classes including 4k projectors

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.  

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 SonyEpson, Viewsonic PanasonicOptoma, JVC, BenQ

Home Theater Projectors

Home Theater Projectors REVIEWS

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Sony VPL-XW5000ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-XW5000ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 28, 2022
  • MSRP:$5999
  • Technology: 3 LCoS panels (SXRD)

LG PROBEAM BU53PST 4K LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

LG PROBEAM BU53PST 4K LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: September 12, 2022
  • MSRP:$4,299 MSRP
  • Technology: DLP Laser

Epson Home Cinema LS11000 Laser Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema LS11000 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 3, 2022
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: 3 LCD

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra-Short-Throw 4LED Projector Review

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra-Short-Throw 4LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 1, 2022
  • MSRP:$669
  • Technology: Single chip DLP, LED light source

JVC DLA-RS1100 4K D-ILA Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS1100 4K D-ILA Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 20, 2022
  • MSRP:6,999
  • Technology: Native 4K DILA

OPTOMA UHD55 4K HOME THEATER AND GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

OPTOMA UHD55 4K HOME THEATER AND GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: July 11, 2022
  • MSRP:$1,799.99 MSRP
  • Technology: DLP w/ XPR (0.47” Single-Chip DMD)

Hisense L5G 4K Smart Laser TV Review

Hisense L5G 4K Smart Laser TV Review

  • Review Date: June 30, 2022
  • MSRP:$3,999 w 100" ALR Screen
  • Technology: DLP (0.48" DMD)

ViewSonic X2000B-4K Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector Review

ViewSonic X2000B-4K Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 29, 2022
  • MSRP:$3,098.99
  • Technology: DLP Laser

LG CineBeam HU915QB 4K Laser Projector Review

LG CineBeam HU915QB 4K Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 26, 2022
  • MSRP:$6499
  • Technology: DLP (.66” DMD)

Panasonic PT-FRQ50 4K DLP Business/Education Laser Projector Review

Panasonic PT-FRQ50 4K DLP Business/Education Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 14, 2022
  • MSRP:$4,999 MSRP
  • Technology: DLP w/ XPR (Single-Chip DMD)

BenQ X3000i 4K LED Gaming Projector Review

BenQ X3000i 4K LED Gaming Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 27, 2022
  • MSRP:$1,999
  • Technology: DLP w/ XPR (Single-Chip DMD)

Sony VPL-XW7000ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-XW7000ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 25, 2022
  • MSRP:$27,999
  • Technology: SXRD

BenQ TK700 4K HDR Short-Throw Gaming Projector Review

BenQ TK700 4K HDR Short-Throw Gaming Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 23, 2022
  • MSRP:$1399
  • Technology: DLP w/ XPR (0.47” Single-Chip DMD)

JMGO O1 PRO UST Smart LED Projector Review

JMGO O1 PRO UST Smart LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 13, 2022
  • MSRP:$1,699.99 MSRP
  • Technology: DLP LED

Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 Laser Projector Review 

Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 Laser Projector Review 

  • Review Date: March 24, 2022
  • MSRP:$4999
  • Technology: 3LCD laser

Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema Review

Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema Review

  • Review Date: March 10, 2022
  • MSRP:3,999.99 MSRP
  • Technology: RGB Laser DLP

JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Laser Projector Review

JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 8, 2022
  • MSRP:$25,999
  • Technology: DILA, 3Chip

LG CineBeam HU715Q 4K Laser UST Projector Review

LG CineBeam HU715Q 4K Laser UST Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 21, 2022
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

Samsung Premiere LSP9T Laser TV Review

Samsung Premiere LSP9T Laser TV Review

  • Review Date: February 14, 2022
  • MSRP:$6499
  • Technology: DLP (.66” DMD)

LG CineBeam HU710PW Hybrid LED Laser 4K Projector Review

LG CineBeam HU710PW Hybrid LED Laser 4K Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 13, 2022
  • MSRP:$2,499 MSRP
  • Technology: DLP Laser and LED Hybrid

Sony VPL-GTZ380 4K SXRD Laser Projector Review

Sony VPL-GTZ380 4K SXRD Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 29, 2021
  • MSRP:$80,000 (minus lens)
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

JMGO U2 Laser TV Review

JMGO U2 Laser TV Review

  • Review Date: November 13, 2021
  • MSRP:$2,999 MSRP
  • Technology: RGB Laser DLP

Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV 4K Review

Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV 4K Review

  • Review Date: November 2, 2021
  • MSRP:$5,499
  • Technology: Laser DLP

XGIMI Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser Projector Review

XGIMI Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 28, 2021
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

Why Many Video Enthusiasts Still Choose Projectors

Why Many Video Enthusiasts Still Choose Projectors

  • Review Date: August 31, 2021
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BenQ V7050i 4K Laser TV Projector Review

BenQ V7050i 4K Laser TV Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 26, 2021
  • MSRP:$3,499
  • Technology: Laser DLP

ViewSonic X100-4K 4K LED Smart Home Theater Projector Review

ViewSonic X100-4K 4K LED Smart Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 9, 2021
  • MSRP:$1,816.99
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

OPTOMA CINEMAX P2 LASER TV REVIEW

OPTOMA CINEMAX P2 LASER TV REVIEW

  • Review Date: July 15, 2021
  • MSRP:$3,299
  • Technology: DLP Laser

BENQ TK700STI 4K SMART GAMING  PROJECTOR REVIEW

BENQ TK700STI 4K SMART GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: July 7, 2021
  • MSRP:$1699
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

SONY VPL-VW1025ES 4K SXRD LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

SONY VPL-VW1025ES 4K SXRD LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: July 2, 2021
  • MSRP:$39,999.99
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

SONY VPL-VW325ES 4K SXRD PROJECTOR REVIEW

SONY VPL-VW325ES 4K SXRD PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: June 6, 2021
  • MSRP:$5,500
  • Technology: SXRD-3

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Smart LED Projector Review

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Smart LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 27, 2021
  • MSRP:$1,699.00
  • Technology: Texas Instruments™ 0.47” DMD

XGIMI Introduces the Horizon and Horizon Pro Home Entertainment Projectors First Look Review

XGIMI Introduces the Horizon and Horizon Pro Home Entertainment Projectors First Look Review

  • Review Date: May 10, 2021
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Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 23, 2021
  • MSRP:$599
  • Technology: 3LCD

BENQ X1300i GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

BENQ X1300i GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: February 17, 2021
  • MSRP:$1,299
  • Technology: DLP

LG AU810PB CINEBEAM 4K LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

LG AU810PB CINEBEAM 4K LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: February 15, 2021
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

BenQ TK850i 4K SMART HOME ENTERTAINMENT PROJECTOR

BenQ TK850i 4K SMART HOME ENTERTAINMENT PROJECTOR

  • Review Date: February 12, 2021
  • MSRP:$1699
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

LG GRU510N 4K Laser Projector Review

LG GRU510N 4K Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 4, 2021
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

Epson EpiqVision LS500 Laser TV Review

Epson EpiqVision LS500 Laser TV Review

  • Review Date: December 11, 2020
  • MSRP:$4999 (100" Screen) $5999 (120" Screen)
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony HDR Projection Reimagined

Sony HDR Projection Reimagined

  • Review Date: December 1, 2020
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HISENSE 100L5F LASER TV REVIEW

HISENSE 100L5F LASER TV REVIEW

  • Review Date: November 14, 2020
  • MSRP:$3,999
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-RS3000 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

JVC DLA-RS3000 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: November 9, 2020
  • MSRP:17,999
  • Technology: DILA, 3Chip

Sony’s Powerful Video Processing Delivers A Better HDR Picture

Sony’s Powerful Video Processing Delivers A Better HDR Picture

  • Review Date: October 5, 2020
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Sony VPL-VW715ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW715ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 19, 2020
  • MSRP:9999.99
  • Technology: 3 LCoS panels (SXRD)

Sony VPL-VW915ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Laser Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW915ES 4K SXRD Home Theater Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 8, 2020
  • MSRP:$19,999.99
  • Technology: 3 LCoS panels (SXRD)

The Compelling Case for Projectors with Integrated Smart Capabilities

The Compelling Case for Projectors with Integrated Smart Capabilities

  • Review Date: September 1, 2020
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Hisense 100L10E Laser TV Review

Hisense 100L10E Laser TV Review

  • Review Date: August 20, 2020
  • MSRP:$6,999
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma CinemaX P1 Laser TV Review: A Smart, 4K UHD Projector For The Really Big Screen Experience

Optoma CinemaX P1 Laser TV Review: A Smart, 4K UHD Projector For The Really Big Screen Experience

  • Review Date: June 5, 2020
  • MSRP:$6649
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ TH585 vs. Vankyo V630 Comparison Review

BenQ TH585 vs. Vankyo V630 Comparison Review

  • Review Date: April 12, 2020
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Sony VPL-VW695ES Review: The Native 4K Home Theater Projector With Premium Performance

Sony VPL-VW695ES Review: The Native 4K Home Theater Projector With Premium Performance

  • Review Date: March 23, 2020
  • MSRP:$9999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

BenQ HT3550 vs BenQ TK850: Choose the Best Home Projector for Your Room and Viewing Preferences!

BenQ HT3550 vs BenQ TK850: Choose the Best Home Projector for Your Room and Viewing Preferences!

  • Review Date: March 5, 2020
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HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: February 15, 2020
  • MSRP:$8999
  • Technology: DLP

LG HU70LA CINEBEAM THINQ 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

LG HU70LA CINEBEAM THINQ 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: January 26, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,799
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro L1070U Commercial Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Epson Pro L1070U Commercial Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: January 21, 2020
  • MSRP:$8463
  • Technology: 3LCD

JVC LX-NZ3 4K Laser DLP Projector Review

JVC LX-NZ3 4K Laser DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 31, 2019
  • MSRP:$3,699
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHD52ALV Home Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Optoma UHD52ALV Home Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: December 16, 2019
  • MSRP:$1,799
  • Technology: Single chip, DLP

VAVA Laser TV Review:  2500 Lumens of 4K UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector For The Whole Family

VAVA Laser TV Review: 2500 Lumens of 4K UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector For The Whole Family

  • Review Date: December 2, 2019
  • MSRP:$2,799.99
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 3200 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3200 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 27, 2019
  • MSRP:$1,499
  • Technology: 3 LCD

Epson Home Cinema 3800 Home Theater Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Epson Home Cinema 3800 Home Theater Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: November 27, 2019
  • MSRP:$1699
  • Technology: 3LCD

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

  • Review Date: November 22, 2019
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2019 Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000

2019 Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000

  • Review Date: November 22, 2019
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Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 15, 2019
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: 3 LCD

Optoma UHL55 4K UHD Home Entertainment LED Projector Review

Optoma UHL55 4K UHD Home Entertainment LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 7, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD27HDR Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Optoma HD27HDR Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: September 15, 2019
  • MSRP:650
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review

BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review

  • Review Date: September 9, 2019
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Sony’s VPL-VW295ES – The Only Native 4K Projector under $5K, Will Rock Your World – And There’s More…

Sony’s VPL-VW295ES – The Only Native 4K Projector under $5K, Will Rock Your World – And There’s More…

  • Review Date: September 1, 2019
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JVC DLA-NX7 4K Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-NX7 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 31, 2019
  • MSRP:$8,999
  • Technology: DILA, 3Chip

Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review

Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 15, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room

LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room

  • Review Date: August 13, 2019
  • MSRP:4999
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD243X Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Optoma HD243X Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: July 30, 2019
  • MSRP:$499
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT5550 Review – A Very Impressive 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – Under $2500!

BenQ HT5550 Review – A Very Impressive 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – Under $2500!

  • Review Date: July 22, 2019
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ TK800M Projector First Look Review — 4K UHD HDR Optimized for Sports Fans

BenQ TK800M Projector First Look Review — 4K UHD HDR Optimized for Sports Fans

  • Review Date: July 5, 2019
  • MSRP:$1,299
  • Technology: DLP

LG CineBeam HU85LA First Look Review – 4K UHD and Ultra Short Throw

LG CineBeam HU85LA First Look Review – 4K UHD and Ultra Short Throw

  • Review Date: June 13, 2019
  • MSRP:N/A
  • Technology: DLP

The Optoma P1 4K UHD Laser Projector – Is this The Game Changer…

The Optoma P1 4K UHD Laser Projector – Is this The Game Changer…

  • Review Date: May 31, 2019
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AAXA 4K1 – 4K LED Projector – A First Look Review

AAXA 4K1 – 4K LED Projector – A First Look Review

  • Review Date: May 20, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT5550 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – A First Look Review

BenQ HT5550 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – A First Look Review

  • Review Date: May 16, 2019
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Review – An Extremely 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Review – An Extremely 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: May 12, 2019
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

The Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB Has Arrived – Turns Out It Is Even Better!

The Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB Has Arrived – Turns Out It Is Even Better!

  • Review Date: May 7, 2019
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Meet the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB – This New Ultra Black Projector Raises the Bar

Meet the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB – This New Ultra Black Projector Raises the Bar

  • Review Date: May 1, 2019
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BenQ HT3550 Review – The 4K UHD Home Theater Projector with Better Black Levels

BenQ HT3550 Review – The 4K UHD Home Theater Projector with Better Black Levels

  • Review Date: April 24, 2019
  • MSRP:$1,499
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Theater vs Entertainment

Remember the differences between home theater and home entertainment.

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.

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.

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Price Range

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.

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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.