Top Picks Projectors

<1,999


ViewSonic LightStream Pro7827HD 3D DLP Projector, $749
(2016 model, $749 on amazon.com as of 7/9/19; original price $890)
Okay, ViewSonic’s Pro7827HD is not perfect nor should you expect it to be for the price. What it does bring to the table is excellent brightness, compatibility with Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, a remote control, and ISF certification with Day and Night modes. Video guru Al Griffin summed it up this way: “In the end I found myself surprised by how well the Pro7827HD performed. (September 2016, Read Full Review)



Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 LCD Projector, $750
(2016 model, $750 on Epson.com as of 7/9/19; original price $850)
The PowerLite 2045 is a godsend for anyone who wants to get into the video projection game without having to drop a fortune. For less than a grand, you get a super bright, accurate image from a projector that is not only shockingly small but supports wireless streaming from WiDi-compatible Android phones and Windows laptops. Reviewer Kris Deering called it a great projector for all-around family use. (May 2016, Read Full Review)



BenQ HT4050 3D DLP Projector, $1,247
(2016 model, $1,247 on amazon.com as of 7/9/19; original price $1,399)
For the price, you’ll have a better chance of finding Waldo than another projector that equals the HT4050’s package of color accuracy, image clarity, and overall fidelity. High-grade optics provide edge-to-edge sharpness and precision calibration controls and ISF modes are guaranteed to wow enthusiasts. Summing up, reviewer Michael Hamilton wrote: “The BenQ HT4050 provides a stable platform of stellar performance.” (April 2016, Read Full Review)



Epson Home Cinema 3700 LCD Projector: $1,299
(2017 model, $1,299 on amazon.com as of 7/9/19; original price $1,500)
An exceptional mix of features and performance make it easy to recommend Epson’s Home Cinema 3700 to anyone considering a mid-priced projector. As video maven Al Griffin put it, “The 3700 delivers a screamingly bright picture out of the box but the wide array of adjustments, including a contrast-enhancing Auto Iris mode, lets you tune the picture for a properly light-controlled home theater.” (July/August 2017, Read Full Review)



Epson Home Cinema 4000 4K-Enhanced 3LCD Projector: $1,700
(2017 model, $1,799 on epson.com as of 7/9/19; original price $2,200)
The Home Cinema 4000 offers an impressive combination of high-dynamic range (HDR) and near 4K resolution at a price that seemed impossible a year ago. “I could have been fooled more than once into thinking I was watching a far more expensive projector,” wrote reviewer Tom Norton. Credit goes to the company’s excellent pixel-splitting technology. (January 2018, Read Full Review)



Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD LCD Projector: $1,999
Epson’s 4010, a follow-up to 2017’s Top Pick-designated Home Cinema 4000 delivers near-perfect color, good brightness and contrast, and provides an arsenal of useful setup features. That it’s not a “true 4K” projector — relying instead on Epson’s 4K PRO-UHD pixel-shifting technology to achieve Ultra HD resolution — is a mere technical fact that will quickly fade into obscurity when you settle in for movie night. (December 2018/January 2019, Read Full Review)

$2,000-3,999


Epson 5030UBe 3D LCD: $2,012
(2014 model, $2,019 on epson.com as of 7/9/19; original price $2,899)
The 5030Ube offers several enhancements over its predecessor, the 5020Ube: Contrast has been improved and the projector comes with a wireless HD transmitter offering five HDMI inputs, one of which is MHL-enabled for sharing content from smartphones and adding streaming capability. Reviewer Al Griffin wrote: “I didn’t think I’d ever see blacks this deep come from an LCD projector.” (May 2014, Read Full Review)



Sony VPL-HW65ES 3D SXRD Projector, $2,999
(2016 model, $2,999 on sony.com as of 7/11/19; original price $3,999)
Thanks to its dynamic iris, Sony’s 1080p projector beams bright images with great contrast and delivers performance so good on 2D and 3D material that you may not care it’s not 4K. The days of having to pay big bucks for a projector you can use in a room that’s not completely dark are over. Video guru Al Griffin wrote: “The VPL-HW65ES can deliver ample enough light output that it can be used in a mixed-use room.” (April 2016, Read Full Review)


$4,000-$9,999


Sony VPL-VW285ES LCOS Projector: $5,000
Sony has given fans of high-performance video projection true 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) resolution at price most can aspire to. Add expanded color with high dynamic range (HDR) contrast and the VPL-VW285ES is hard to resist. Reviewer Tom Norton said most of the UHD discs he tried looked “amazing.” Click here to see how the VPL-VW285ES fared in a face-off with another one of our Top Picks — JVC’s DLA-X790R. (February/March 2018, Read Full Review)



Sony VPL-VW295ES 4K Video Projector: $5,350
With its new VPL-VW295ES projector, Sony has refined the performance of last year’s excellent VPL-VW285ES, making it is easy to recommend. Though there is room for improvement in black-level performance, veteran reviewer Tom Norton was nonetheless impressed with its peak brightness and resolution. (December 2018/January 2019, Read Full Review)



JVC DLA-X790R D-ILA Projector: $6,000
Fans of high-performance video projection who write off DLA-X790R because it’s not a “true” 4K projector are making a huge mistake. JVC’s fifth generation e-shift5 “pixel shifting” technology is so good that this projector more than holds its own against Sony’s native 4K VPL-VW285ES — another December 2017 Top Pick. Click here to see how it fared in a face-off with the VW285ES. (January 2018, Read Full Review)



Hisense Laser TV 4K DLP Projector: $6,500

(2018 model, $6,500 on amazon.com as of 7/11/19; original price $10,000)
Hisense’s Laser TV is expensive to be sure (and it’s not really a “TV” per se) but it strikes a good balance between performance and price while delivering a gigantic 150-inch 4K image when placed only a few inches from the wall. “It’s a very good option for watching in a bright room, and it also performs well when you dim the lights for movie time,” concluded reviewer Al Griffin. (May 2018, Read Full Review)



Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10500 LCD Projector: $6,995
(2017 model, $6,995 on audiovideonation.com as of 7/11/19; original price $8,000)
The LS10500’s dual lasers are rated to last 14,000 hours and deliver outstanding “4K-enhanced” HD performance with compelling HDR (high dynamic range) highlights. “Oblivion was one of the best-looking HDR discs I watched on the Epson,” observed veteran reviewer Tom Norton. “[It] produced deep, rich, crisp, and immersive images.” (May 2017, Read Full Review)


$10,000 >


JVC DLA-NX9 D-ILA Projector: $18,000
JVC’s second-generation native 4K projector has a lot going for it. It sets a tall bar for high dynamic range (HDR) performance and is the first projector to feature the brand’s 8K e-shift technology for near-8K image quality. Add to that JVC’s third-generation 4K D-ILA imager, industry leading contrast, reference-quality optics, exceptional installation flexibility and you have an all-around winner that reviewer Tom Norton called “one of the best home theater projectors I’ve tested.” (June/July 2019, Read Full Review)



Sony VPL-VW995ES LCOS Projector: $35,000
No, that’s not a misprint — there’s an extra zero in the price tag. The VPL-VW995ES is built for videophiles who demand true reference-level 4K performance — which is exactly what you get thanks to its laser light engine, high-end optics, HDR (high dynamic range) tone mapping, and dynamic aperture to name just a handful of its many sophisticated features. Reviewer Kris Deering likened it to watching a massive flat-panel TV. (February/March 2019, Read Full Review)



JVC DLA-RS4500 D-ILA Laser Projector: $35,000
Aimed at hard-core enthusiasts who want nothing less than a credible movie theater experience, the DLA-RS4500 is a flagship-caliber home projector. As JVC’s first native 4K light canon, it represents a design departure for the company with its three 4096 x 2160 D-ILA imaging chips, laser light engine, and massive 18-element glass lens. All of which combine to deliver a positively stunning picture. “If you’re out to get the best-looking 4K and HDR from a projector, I can’t see much in the way of competition at or near this price point,” concluded reviewer Kris Deering. (May 2017, Read Full Review)

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