Home Projector Comparison Report: Summary

Below find my final thoughts and suggestions. -art

View the Best In Class Awards for a detailed summary of the winners, and why the won their awards!

All Home Theater Projectors Winning major awards in this report

Entry Level Projector Class - Under $2000

Best In ClassPanasonic PT-AE4000 projector
Best In ClassRunner-Up (tie): Epson Home Cinema 8100
Best In ClassRunner-Up (tie): Mitsubishi HC3800

Mid-Priced Projector Class: $2000 - $3500

Best In ClassEpson Home Cinema 8500UB
Best In ClassRunner-Up (tie): LG CF181D
Best In ClassRunner-Up (tie): BenQ W6000

Runner-Up (tie): BenQ W6000

Premium Priced Projector Class: $3500 - $10,000

Best In ClassJVC DLA-RS35
Best In ClassRunner-Up (tie): JVC DLA-RS25
Best In ClassRunner-Up (tie): InFocus SP8602

View the Best In Class Awards page for a summary of all the winners!

Projector Recommendations For Those Only Interested in Movies

These are projectors that are generally great for movie viewing, but for one reason or another, are less practical for watching other content. The key reason a projector make this group: limited brightness in brightest modes. That means the inability to handle any significant ambient light, since most people don’t watch sports or most TV in a pitch black room. These projectors should have at least good black level performance. Almost all of these have “brightest modes” that are only average or below in brightness.

Projectors that are completely well rounded, and equally good at HDTV and Sports (requiring at least average “brightest mode” performance), are not included in this list.

Afterall, the best overall projectors are the ones that win our Best In Class awards, and don’t need to be also on these additional lists, even though they should be good For example, the Mitsubishi HC3800 could be said to be very good at movies, but it is equally good at sports and HDTV. As a result it’s not listed as a “movies only” projector even though it would serve well as one.

  • Optoma HD20 (best of the sub-$1000 projectors, when it comes to blacks)
  • Samsung SP-A600
  • Mitsubishi HC7000
  • Sony VPL-HW15
  • Sony VPL-VW85
  • Planar PD8150
  • Vivitek H9080FD

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