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.   Note:  Please check out our Home Theater Projector Comparison Report which is our most comprehensive buying guide for home theater projectors.  We reviewed several 4K projectors this year, where you can read our more in depth reviews in the links below.  And these days a basic 1080p – Full HD – projector can still 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.  

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’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:5999
  • 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)

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB – The Best Home Theater Projector Value Yet? – A First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB – The Best Home Theater Projector Value Yet? – A First Look Review

  • Review Date: April 13, 2019
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ HT3550 Home Theater Projector – A First Look Review

BenQ HT3550 Home Theater Projector – A First Look Review

  • Review Date: March 11, 2019
  • MSRP:$1,499
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-VW995ES Projector Review:  Sony’s New Flagship: Expensive – But Awesome

Sony VPL-VW995ES Projector Review: Sony’s New Flagship: Expensive – But Awesome

  • Review Date: January 21, 2019
  • MSRP:$34,999
  • Technology: LCoS

Epson’s HC4010 and PC4050 Take Off – Combining 4K Capabilities, Features and Value

Epson’s HC4010 and PC4050 Take Off – Combining 4K Capabilities, Features and Value

  • Review Date: January 15, 2019
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Hisense 100″ Laser TV Review – A 4K UHD, Smart Projector with Screen

Hisense 100″ Laser TV Review – A 4K UHD, Smart Projector with Screen

  • Review Date: January 2, 2019
  • MSRP:$7,999
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 6, 2018
  • MSRP:$1999/$2399
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 5, 2018
  • MSRP:$899
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Sony VPL-VW295ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW295ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 21, 2018
  • MSRP:$4999.99
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!

ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!

  • Review Date: November 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,261
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Meet Sony’s VPL-VW295ES: The Only True Native 4K Resolution Projector Under $5000!

Meet Sony’s VPL-VW295ES: The Only True Native 4K Resolution Projector Under $5000!

  • Review Date: November 1, 2018
  • MSRP:$4,999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Epson Pro Cinema 4050 First Look Review – 4K UHD with HDR

Epson Pro Cinema 4050 First Look Review – 4K UHD with HDR

  • Review Date: October 23, 2018
  • MSRP:$2,399
  • Technology: 3LCD

ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review

ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 22, 2018
  • MSRP:$785
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Combines 4K Capabilities, Performance, Features with a Focus on Value

Epson Combines 4K Capabilities, Performance, Features with a Focus on Value

  • Review Date: October 21, 2018
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JVC DLA-RS3000 First Look Review – With 8K Resolution

JVC DLA-RS3000 First Look Review – With 8K Resolution

  • Review Date: October 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$17,999
  • Technology: D-ILA-3

LG HU80KA Review  – A Laser Powered, Smart, Home Entertainment Projector

LG HU80KA Review – A Laser Powered, Smart, Home Entertainment Projector

  • Review Date: September 29, 2018
  • MSRP:$2999 MSRP/$2698 Street price
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHL55 First Look Review – Compact, 4K and Full of Smarts

Optoma UHL55 First Look Review – Compact, 4K and Full of Smarts

  • Review Date: September 27, 2018
  • MSRP:$2,999
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source

JVC DLA-RS440U Review – A Serious, 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

JVC DLA-RS440U Review – A Serious, 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: August 20, 2018
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel

Optoma UHD51A A Smart 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review – With Alexa

Optoma UHD51A A Smart 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review – With Alexa

  • Review Date: July 29, 2018
  • MSRP:$3199
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP

The LG CineBeam HU80K – A 4K Laser Projector That Gets It

The LG CineBeam HU80K – A 4K Laser Projector That Gets It

  • Review Date: June 29, 2018
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: DLP

Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review

Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 22, 2018
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: June 11, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-VW385ES – True 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW385ES – True 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 7, 2018
  • MSRP:$7999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

First Look Review of BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector – Is Better For You Than The BenQ HT2550?

First Look Review of BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector – Is Better For You Than The BenQ HT2550?

  • Review Date: April 27, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,499
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet?

BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet?

  • Review Date: March 28, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP

Vivitek HK2288 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review

Vivitek HK2288 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 9, 2018
  • MSRP:1999.00
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT2550 – At $1499, The Most Affordable 4K UHD Projector Yet – First Look

BenQ HT2550 – At $1499, The Most Affordable 4K UHD Projector Yet – First Look

  • Review Date: January 10, 2018
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ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 7, 2018
  • MSRP:$679
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 20, 2017
  • MSRP:$4500
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65

Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65

  • Review Date: December 12, 2017
  • MSRP:$3799
  • Technology: DLP

Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

  • Review Date: November 28, 2017
  • MSRP:
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Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 16, 2017
  • MSRP:$899
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema LS100 Laser Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema LS100 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 9, 2017
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 26, 2017
  • MSRP:$4999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 23, 2017
  • MSRP:$8995
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source

Sony VPL-VW885ES 4K Home Theater Laser Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW885ES 4K Home Theater Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 6, 2017
  • MSRP:$24,995
  • Technology: 3 LCoS panels (SXRD)

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

  • Review Date: August 29, 2017
  • MSRP:
  • Technology: 0

Epson Home Cinema 2150 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 2150 First Look Review

  • Review Date: August 28, 2017
  • MSRP:
  • Technology: 0

Epson Home Cinema 2100 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 2100 First Look Review

  • Review Date: August 13, 2017
  • MSRP:
  • Technology: 0

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 30, 2017
  • MSRP:$2199
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Laser, True 4K, Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Laser, True 4K, Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 27, 2017
  • MSRP:$24,999
  • Technology: SXRD-3

Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review

Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review

  • Review Date: May 11, 2017
  • MSRP:$7999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)

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.

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