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Projectiondesign Avielo Helios (MSRP: $69,995)
We'd be remiss if we didn't get Projectiondesign on this list. They're the guys behind some of the most exciting high-end projectors, including the Avielo Helios.
The Helios uses a 3-chip DLP system and a pair of 330 watt lamps which can be used in dual mode for added brightness or in single mode for redundancy. It's also got an incredibly slick setup interface with an LCD screen mounted right into the back of the projector. As you'd expect from a high end projector, video quality is far better than average.
Alright, this one's a bit of a cheat. The T420 isn't exactly a 1080p projector, but it can definitely produce 1080p video. In fact, it can produce four individual 1080p pictures thanks to a native 4096 x 2160 resolution. It's also impressively bright, producing up to 20,000 lumens.
There's no doubt that 4K and higher resolutions are the future, but you won't find Sony's 4K projector in too many homes. If you're considering the upgrade, Sony made it as simple as possible by making the projector compatible with all existing SXRD projector lenses.
Optoma HD20 (MSRP: $999)
Even if it weren't a great projector, the HD20 would deserve at least some mention as the first 1080p projector to drop under the $1,000 mark. But of course, this entry level entry from Optoma delivers quite a bit of bang for the buck.
Sure, the HD20 isn't going to compare to higher end projectors when it comes to black levels, and there's a bit of rainbowing since it's using a 4x color wheel. At the price though, it's a must-buy.
Sim2 Grand Cinema Mico 50 (MSRP: $19,995)
The Grand Cinema Mico 50 is Sim2's first LED projector, but it certainly doesn't show it. The Mico 50 uses a 0.95 inch 1080p DarkChip4 from Texas Instruments alongside Luminus Phatlight red green and blue LEDs.
The picture quality of the Mico is outstanding as you might expect, and Sim2 cites a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The use of LED lights adds significantly to the package, since you'll get around 30,000 hours out of each LED with extremely limited lumen decay.
Projectiondesign Avielo Optix SuperWide 235
Projectiondesign's second projector on the list hasn't been reviewed anywhere yet. In fact, it was only just announced, but it deserves a special mention based on the specs alone.
Time will tell if the Avielo Optix SuperWide 235 can truly be called one of the best, but it certainly deserves mention for being the first to do what seems entirely natural. As the name implies, the SuperWide 235 has a native aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a resolution of 2538×1080, making it the ideal projector for watching your Blu-rays the way they were meant to be seen.
If you could have any 1080p projector, which one would you install in your dedicated home theater?