2010 1080p Projector Comparison Report

March 14, 2010

/ By Jennifer Stringfellow

  1. Home Projector Comparison Report: Summary 2
  2. Home Theater Projectors - Warranty and Support 2
  3. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15 7
  4. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15 6
  5. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15 5
  6. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15 4
  7. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15 3
  8. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15 2
  9. Compare Projectors - InFocus SP8602 vs. JVC DLA-RS15
  10. Compare Projectors - Epson 8100 vs. Epson 8500UB 4
  11. Compare Projectors - Epson 8100 vs. Epson 8500UB 3
  12. Compare Projectors - Epson 8100 vs. Epson 8500UB 2
  13. Compare Projectors - Epson 8100 vs. Epson 8500UB
  14. Compare Projectors-BenQ W6000 vs. LG CF181D Home Projectors Compared 5
  15. Compare Projectors-BenQ W6000 vs. LG CF181D Home Projectors Compared 4
  16. Compare Projectors-BenQ W6000 vs. LG CF181D Home Projectors Compared 3
  17. Compare Projectors-BenQ W6000 vs. LG CF181D Home Projectors Compared 2
  18. Compare Projectors-BenQ W6000 vs. LG CF181D Home Projectors Compared
  19. Compare Projectors-Mitsubishi HC3800 vs. Optoma HD20 4
  20. Compare Projectors-Mitsubishi HC3800 vs. Optoma HD20 3
  21. Compare Projectors-Mitsubishi HC3800 vs. Optoma HD20 2
  22. Compare Projectors-Mitsubishi HC3800 vs. Optoma HD20
  23. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35 7
  24. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35 6
  25. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35 5
  26. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35 4
  27. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35 3
  28. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35 2
  29. Compare Projectors - JVC DLA-RS25 vs. JVC DLA-RS35
  30. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. Panasonic PT-AE4000U
  31. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. JVC DLA-RS25 6
  32. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. JVC DLA-RS25 5
  33. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. JVC DLA-RS25 4
  34. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. JVC DLA-RS25 3
  35. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. JVC DLA-RS25 2
  36. Compare Projectors - Epson 8500UB vs. JVC DLA-RS25
  37. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB 7
  38. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB 6
  39. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB 5
  40. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB 4
  41. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB 3
  42. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB 2
  43. Compare Projectors - BenQ W6000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 8500UB
  44. Compare Projectors - Epson Home Cinema 8500UB vs Sanyo PLV-Z3000 6
  45. Compare Projectors - Epson Home Cinema 8500UB vs Sanyo PLV-Z3000 5
  46. Compare Projectors - Epson Home Cinema 8500UB vs Sanyo PLV-Z3000 4
  47. Compare Projectors - Epson Home Cinema 8500UB vs Sanyo PLV-Z3000 3
  48. Compare Projectors - Epson Home Cinema 8500UB vs Sanyo PLV-Z3000 2
  49. Compare Projectors - Epson Home Cinema 8500UB vs Sanyo PLV-Z3000
  50. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance10
  51. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance9
  52. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance8
  53. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance7
  54. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance6
  55. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance5
  56. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance4
  57. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance3
  58. Home Projector Comparison Report - Performance2
  59. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality24
  60. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality23
  61. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality22
  62. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality21
  63. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality20
  64. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality19
  65. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality18
  66. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality17
  67. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality16
  68. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality15
  69. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality14
  70. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality13
  71. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality12
  72. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality11
  73. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality10
  74. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality9
  75. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality8
  76. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality7
  77. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality6
  78. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality5
  79. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality4
  80. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality3
  81. 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Image Quality2
  82. Home Projectors - Physical Tour8
  83. Home Projectors - Physical Tour7
  84. Home Projectors - Physical Tour6
  85. Home Projectors - Physical Tour5
  86. Home Projectors - Physical Tour4
  87. Home Projectors - Physical Tour3
  88. Home Projectors - Physical Tour2
  89. Home Projectors - Physical Tour
  90. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-12
  91. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-11
  92. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-10
  93. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-9
  94. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-8
  95. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-7
  96. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-6
  97. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-5
  98. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-4
  99. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-3
  100. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010-2
  101. Home Theater Projector Comparison Report - Best in Class Awards for 2010
  102. Guide to the 2010 Home Theater Projector Comparison Report5
  103. Guide to the 2010 Home Theater Projector Comparison Report3
  104. Guide to the 2010 Home Theater Projector Comparison Report2
  105. Guide to the 2010 Home Theater Projector Comparison Report
  106. 1080p Projector Comparison Report-Special Features4
  107. 1080p Projector Comparison Report-Special Features3
  108. 1080p Projector Comparison Report-Special Features2
  109. 1080p Projector Comparison Report-Special Features
  110. 1080p Projector Comparison Report9
  111. 1080p Projector Comparison Report8
  112. 1080p Projector Comparison Report7
  113. 1080p Projector Comparison Report6
  114. 1080p Projector Comparison Report5
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  117. 1080p Projector Comparison Report2

This in-depth (and rather large) report compares 30 1080p home projectors - that's both home theater projectors and home entertainment projectors under $10,000. Home Entertainment projectors I should note, generally refers to some of the entry level projectors that are bright and more designed for a family room not a rather dedicated theater.

 

1080P Home Projector Highlights

Click to enlarge, so close. Highlighting key aspects of each projector considered for this review. They are organized by the our three price categories (Classes).

1080p Projector Overview

It's 2010, and this year's comprehensive Home Projector Comparison 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, (click on the graphic above), 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, as usual, a number of direct comparisons between two or more competing projectors. For this report (like 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 mention which projectors are available online as well as locally, and those sold only by "local installing dealers".

The number of home projectors considered this year is just slightly larger than last year's. It's been an interesting year. We have a couple of essentially new players, staking out their market share, most notably LG and Vivitek (Vivitek's been around forever, but below most people's radar). Also of note, InFocus, now a private company, under new management has released it's first completely redesigned home theater projector, at the $5K price point. They have, at least for now, dropped out of the lower cost, and online sales projector market.

The recession scared the "heck" out of many manufacturers. This fall, a number of home projector manufacturers, fearing unsold units, did not build enough to meet demand. Epson and others can be accused of product shortages. As it turns out, the fall quarter, turned out to be better than almost any of them expected. The recession, and/or the global purchase of Sanyo by Matsushita (Panasonic), had a real impact on those two companies. Panasonic launched their new 1080p, the PT-AE4000, but decided to leave their PT-AX200U as their only current 720p projector. That AX200U is now in its third year of sales. Sanyo introduced no new projectors, keeping the same three on the market for another year. On a typical year, those two companies normally release a total of 4 or 5 new home theater projectors, but only one, between them this past fall season.

As is normal, this report is concerned primarily with the projectors we've reviewed. That said, we can't review them all, and some manufacturers (particularly high end brands that only sell locally) just won't send review units to "us" online reviewers (especially those who do big 1080p comparison reports), for fear that those units may be excellent, and have better support in most cases, but are otherwise just not price competitive with higher volume products.

 

Of the 30 home theater projectors covered, we reviewed 27 plus a couple of nearly identical siblings and included, as usual. I will comment on two projectors that lack existing published reviews at the time of this report's publication: The Samsung SP-A900: I couldn't talk Samsung out of a review unit, and the Mitsubishi HC6800, a home projector that is in house, has been calibrated, measured and viewed. Getting this report out, though is the priority, so the HC6800's review will post late in April.

Note, all the screen images on this page are from the JVC DLA-RS35 unless otherwise noted. As usual a lot of images are scattered through the report for your amusement and education. You will find many stand alone images, sometimes two or three images together, from different projectors, and more than a few side-by-side photos.

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