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 $999
$549
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 $199
$159
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 HD27 Full 3D
Optoma HD27 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
4.3 1080p 25,000:1 3200 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D, MHL $599 DLP Can display up to 300″ image. Projector displays clear, detailed images. Plus, customers like the low price point.
BenQ HT1075
BenQ HT1075
4.5 1080p 10,000:1 2200 ANSI lumens Yes HD, 3D, MHL $679 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 DLP

Surround sound technology, plus whisper quiet operation.

Epson Home Cinema 740HD
Epson 740HD Home Theater Projector
4.4 720p 15,000:1 3,000 lumens Yes HD $599
$379
LCD 3,000 lumens for both white & color, great for outdoor movies. Compact and lightweight.
Epson Home Cinema 3020
Epson Home Cinema 3020
4.5 1080p 40,000:1 2,300 lumens Yes HD, 3D $1,650 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 LCD 2,500 lumens for both white & color. Bright even in ambient light. 2014 model
Epson Home Cinema 5040
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB 1080p 3D 3LCD Home Theater Projector with 4K Enhancement
4.8 1080p
with 4K enhancement
1,000,000:1 2,500 lumens No HD, 3D $2,699 LCD 2,500 lumens for both white & color. Bright even in ambient light. HDR Compatible. Silent operation.

**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.