Home Theater Projector Comparison Chart for 2017

Compare home theater projectors before you buy! Use this chart to see prices, ratings, resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, special features and more. **See special notes at bottom for more information

Projectors
Rating
1-5
Resolution Contrast Ratio Brightness Built-in
Speaker
HD, 3D, MHL Price
(approx)
DLP or LCD Notes
Optoma HD142X 3D
Optoma HD142X 3D Projector
4.5 1080p 23,000:1 3000 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D, MHL $540
(on sale)
DLP Wide variety of display options so you can customize to your needs. Top quality picture for inexpensive projector.
iRULU P4
iRULU P4 Home Theater Projector
4.5 1080p 1,000:1 undetermined Yes HD, MHL $170
(on sale)
LCD Long 20,000 bulb life and low fan noise. Good value for the low price. Cheap DIY home theater using phone/tablet.
ViewSonic PJD5155
Viewsonic Home Theater Projector PJD 5155
4.5 SVGA 800 x 600 20,000:1 3,300 ANSI Lumens Yes HD, 3D $299 DLP Works well for home/office. Bright enough for daytime use. User-friendly. Works well for backyard outdoor theater w/ additional speakers.
Optoma HD26 Full 3D
Optoma HD26
4.5 1080p 25,000:1 3200 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D, MHL $650
(on sale)
DLP Flexible brightness settings extend lamp life.
BenQ HT1075
BenQ HT1075
4.5 1080p 10,000:1 2200 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D, MHL $800
(on sale)
DLP Flexible zoom & lens shift adjusts projection without sacrificing image quality (or moving projector).
Optoma HD25-LV
Optoma HD25-LV
4.5 1080p 20,000:1 3,500 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D $820
(on sale)
DLP

Surround sound technology, plus whisper quiet operation.

Optoma HD141X
Optoma HD141X
4.5 1080p 20,000:1 3,000 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D, MHL $575
(on sale)
DLP Use with screens up to 300″ diagonal.
Epson Home Cinema 730HD
Epson 730HD Home Theater Projector
4.5 720p 12,000:1 3,000 lumens Yes HD, 3D $580
(on sale)
LCD 3,000 lumens for both white & color, great for outdoor movies. Plus, energy star rated.
Epson Home Cinema 3020
Epson Home Cinema 3020
4.5 1080p 40,000:1 2,300 lumens Yes HD, 3D $1,150
(on sale)
LCD 2,300 lumens for both white & color. Plus, bright even in ambient light.
Epson Home Cinema 3500
Epson Home Cinema 3500
5.0 1080p 70,000:1 2,500 lumens Yes HD, 3D $1,500
(on sale)
LCD 2,500 lumens for both white & color. Bright even in ambient light. 2014 model

**Additional Information on Home Theater Projectors:

  • ANSI Lumen (vs lumen), is a standardization set by the American National Standards Institute, considered more accurate.
  • Contrast Ratio is the difference between light and dark on the screen. Typically the higher the contrast ratio, the greater the video definition.
  • LCD vs DLP: According to CNET, both are equally bright on a home theater projector, but each has its pros and cons. For example, LCD (liquid crystal display) models have better contrast ratios and black levels, whereas DLP (digital light display) looks sharper in fast-action games and movies.