Projector Reviews

1080p Projector Comparison Report – Performance9

$2100 - $3500 1080p Home Theater Projectors

Ultra-Quiet Mitsubishi HC6500
Quiet BenQ W5000
Panasonic PT-AE3000
Sanyo PLV-Z3000
Sony VPL-HW10
Viewsonic Pro8100
Moderate Epson Home Cinema 6100
Epson Pro Cinema 7500UB
Significant Optoma HD8200

$3500 - $10,000 Home Theater Projectors

Ultra-Quiet None
Quiet JVC DLA-RS10
Moderate BenQ W20000
InFocus IN82
InFocus IN83
Sony VPL-VW70 (untested – it may belong in the Quiet grouping, but “better safe than sorry”)
Significant Optoma HD8000-LV (assumed but almost certainly, its predecesor was downright loud)
Planar PD8150
Sharp XV-Z20000

Bottom line

If you think you are particularly noise adverse, this can be a real deal breaker for a number of projectors. Remember to take into your consideration, where the projector will be relative to your seating (for example, your ears themselves are directional devices), and will notice more noise above you, than behind you.

Also consider that a projector on a shelf will allow the shelf to deflect some noise.