Best home theater projectors

Updated April 16, 2014 6:42 AM PDT

Are none of the other TV sizes listed quite big enough for you? Or maybe you have a dedicated, light-controlled room and just want the biggest picture for your buck. In either case, the answer is a home theater projector.

Rear-projection TV is dead, but front projectors are still going strong, and their picture quality and value are better than ever. These light cannons work best in darker rooms with specialized screens, although newer, brighter technologies make them versatile enough to take to new frontiers -- think backyard cinema, bowl game party walls, and big-screen gaming nirvana.

If you're new to projectors, check out "Projectors vs. TVs: Giant-screen pros and cons," and if you're considering a giant television instead, you might want to read "Don't buy a jumbo LCD TV, buy a projector" for some perspective.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020UB

The Epson 5020UB projector offers excellent picture quality for the money, and is versatile enough for both dark and moderately lit rooms.

Price: $2,599.00 - $2,699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Great picture, value goes beyond the dark


The relatively affordable JVC DLA-X35 produces videophile-grade images with very few compromises.

4 stars Excellent


The Sony VPL-HW50ES costs more than most TVs, but for a fantastic big-screen cinema experience in the home it's a very good value.

4 stars Excellent

BenQ W1070

If you want a huge, good-looking image for a little money, few come close to the BenQ W1070 projector.

Price: $799.99 - $1,830.32 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

The Epson PowerLite 3020 projector series offers up a decent deal with a sophisticated picture and a couple of unique features.

Price: $1,599.00 - $2,932.83 Check prices

3 stars Good
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