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The 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - 2009

Posted on March 9, 2009 by Art Feierman
  1. 1080p Projector Categories by price
  2. Home Theater Projectors: Street price $3500-$10,000
  3. Picking the Winners - the best projectors in each price range
  4. $2100 and under 1080p Home Theater Projectors
  5. $2100 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors
  6. $2100 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors-2
  7. $3500 - $10,000 Home Theater Projectors
  8. The 1080p Home Theater Projector -Special Features
  9. The 1080p Home Theater Projector -Creative Frame Interpolation
  10. The 1080p Home Theater Projector -Special Features3
  11. Guide to the 2009 1080p Projector Comparison Report
  12. Home Page of the 1080p Projector Comparison Report
  13. Defining Your Expectations Regarding Projectors and Your Final Theater Experience
  14. Understanding your room environment-2
  15. Photos Found In This Projector Report
  16. 1080p Projector Report - Best in Class Awards for 2009
  17. Best in Class, Runner-up Award: Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector
  18. Best in Class Special, Interest Award: InFocus X10
  19. Class: Medium Priced 1080p Home Theater Projectors: $2100 - $3500
  20. Best in Class Award (tie): Panasonic PT-AE3000
  21. 1080p Home Theater Projector-Special Interest Awards
  22. Category: Higher End Priced 1080p Home Theater Projectors: $3500 - $10,000
  23. Special Interest Award (tie): Planar PD8150
  24. Special Interest Award (tie): Planar PD8150-2
  25. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour
  26. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour2
  27. 1080p Projectors Lens Throw and Lens Shift
  28. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour3
  29. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour4
  30. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality
  31. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality2
  32. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality3
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  45. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality16
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  47. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality18
  48. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance
  49. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance2
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  53. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance6
  54. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance7
  55. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance9
  56. 1080P Home Theater Projector Report - Calibration
  57. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700
  58. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 2
  59. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 3
  60. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 4
  61. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 5
  62. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 6
  63. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 7
  64. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100
  65. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 - 2
  66. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 - 3
  67. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 - 4
  68. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000
  69. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000 - 2
  70. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000 - 3
  71. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000 - 4
  72. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000
  73. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 2
  74. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 3
  75. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 4
  76. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 5
  77. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20
  78. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 2
  79. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 3
  80. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 4
  81. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 5
  82. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10
  83. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 2
  84. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 3
  85. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 4
  86. Compare Projectors - - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 5
  87. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20
  88. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 2
  89. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 3
  90. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 4
  91. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 5
  92. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000
  93. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000 - 2
  94. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000 - 3
  95. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000 - 4
  96. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700
  97. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 2
  98. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 3
  99. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 4
  100. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 5
  101. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 6
  102. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB
  103. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 2
  104. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 3
  105. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 4
  106. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 5
  107. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 6
  108. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 7
  109. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000
  110. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 2
  111. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 3
  112. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 4
  113. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 5
  114. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 6
  115. Home Theater Projectors - Warranty and Support - 2
  116. 1080P Home Theater Projector Comparison Report: Summary

This in-depth (and rather large) report compares 25 1080p home theater projectors under $10,000. Enjoy!

1080p Projector Comparison - Overview

This comprehensive report follows the same writing process as individual reviews. Eight separate pages: Overview, Physical Tour, Image Quality, Performance, Screen Recommendations, Compare Projectors, Warranty and Summary. There is also the "Best In Class" Awards page, which lists each award category, the projectors that won the various awards, and multiple paragraphs on each of those, with my thoughts on why they were selected. Finally, there are a number of direct comparisons between two or more competing projectors. For this report (different than last year's), the Compare Projectors section will not only feature our head to head comparisons, but also a few pages that break out the projectors by aspects such as those suitable for large screens, those best for movie watchers only, those best for watching a variety of content (movies, sports...), those capable of being shelf mounted, and so on. Not all of those will have been completed by the time the Report is posted. We also break out the projectors by those available only from local dealers (no online sales).

The number of home theater projectors considered this year is just slightly larger than last year's. True, there are more 1080p projectors now, with several companies who offered just one 1080p model last year, offering two, this year. Offsetting that, in part, is that we are still limited to considering the projectors we have reviewed, along with, in some cases, almost identical sibling projectors (such as the reviewed Epson Home Cinema 6500UB, and the almost identical, but not reviewed, Pro Cinema 7500UB). This year we were only able to review a few more 1080p home theater projectors than last year. One note: This year, a couple of 1080p projectors which we have not posted reviews of, but arrived in house while work on the report has begun, will be considered. They will have been calibrated and viewed, but the writing up of those reviews had to be delayed until this report published.

Considered in this report are 25 projectors, including 20 with full reviews posted. Only a handful of the 1080p projectors in this report, were included in last year's. The vast majority of last year's projectors have been replaced by newer models.

Note, all the screen images on this page are from the JVC DLA-RS20 unless otherwise noted.

  1. 1080p Projector Categories by price
  2. Home Theater Projectors: Street price $3500-$10,000
  3. Picking the Winners - the best projectors in each price range
  4. $2100 and under 1080p Home Theater Projectors
  5. $2100 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors
  6. $2100 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors-2
  7. $3500 - $10,000 Home Theater Projectors
  8. The 1080p Home Theater Projector -Special Features
  9. The 1080p Home Theater Projector -Creative Frame Interpolation
  10. The 1080p Home Theater Projector -Special Features3
  11. Guide to the 2009 1080p Projector Comparison Report
  12. Home Page of the 1080p Projector Comparison Report
  13. Defining Your Expectations Regarding Projectors and Your Final Theater Experience
  14. Understanding your room environment-2
  15. Photos Found In This Projector Report
  16. 1080p Projector Report - Best in Class Awards for 2009
  17. Best in Class, Runner-up Award: Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector
  18. Best in Class Special, Interest Award: InFocus X10
  19. Class: Medium Priced 1080p Home Theater Projectors: $2100 - $3500
  20. Best in Class Award (tie): Panasonic PT-AE3000
  21. 1080p Home Theater Projector-Special Interest Awards
  22. Category: Higher End Priced 1080p Home Theater Projectors: $3500 - $10,000
  23. Special Interest Award (tie): Planar PD8150
  24. Special Interest Award (tie): Planar PD8150-2
  25. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour
  26. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour2
  27. 1080p Projectors Lens Throw and Lens Shift
  28. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour3
  29. 1080p Projectors - Physical Tour4
  30. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality
  31. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality2
  32. 1080p Comparison Report - Image Quality3
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  48. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance
  49. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance2
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  55. 1080p Projector Comparison Report - Performance9
  56. 1080P Home Theater Projector Report - Calibration
  57. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700
  58. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 2
  59. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 3
  60. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 4
  61. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 5
  62. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 6
  63. Compare Projectors - Epson 6100 vs PLV-Z700 - 7
  64. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100
  65. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 - 2
  66. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 - 3
  67. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. 6100 - 4
  68. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000
  69. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000 - 2
  70. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000 - 3
  71. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. PT-AE3000 - 4
  72. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000
  73. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 2
  74. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 3
  75. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 4
  76. Compare Projectors - PT-AE3000 vs. PLV-Z3000 - 5
  77. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20
  78. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 2
  79. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 3
  80. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 4
  81. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS10 vs. RS20 - 5
  82. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10
  83. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 2
  84. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 3
  85. Compare Projectors - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 4
  86. Compare Projectors - - IN83 vs. JVC DLA-RS10 - 5
  87. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20
  88. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 2
  89. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 3
  90. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 4
  91. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs. JVC RS20 - 5
  92. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000
  93. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000 - 2
  94. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000 - 3
  95. Compare Projectors - VPL-HW10 vs PT-AE3000 - 4
  96. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700
  97. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 2
  98. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 3
  99. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 4
  100. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 5
  101. Compare Projectors - HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 - 6
  102. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB
  103. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 2
  104. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 3
  105. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 4
  106. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 5
  107. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 6
  108. Compare Projectors - BenQ W5000 vs 6500UB - 7
  109. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000
  110. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 2
  111. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 3
  112. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 4
  113. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 5
  114. Compare Projectors - Epson 6500UB vs PLV-Z3000 - 6
  115. Home Theater Projectors - Warranty and Support - 2
  116. 1080P Home Theater Projector Comparison Report: Summary

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