1st Place: InFocus X10
It wasn't too long ago when the idea of a Full HD projector was a pipe dream for most of us, with prices stretching into multiple thousands of pounds. However, back in June InFocus changed all that with the launch of the X10 - a DLP projector with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution that cost south of £1,000 if you looked around a bit.
Not only is the X10 incredibly cheap, but it's also a bit of a star when it comes to picture quality too - detail resolution is staggeringly good, which helps create a immersive sense of depth to images. And if you want to get the best out of the X10, it even comes with everything necessary for ISF calibration, should you want to get an accredited engineer to configure it specifically for your room.
Even the design of the X10 is first rate, with a beautifully rounded chassis that would look good in even the most stylishly minimalist home cinema room. What InFocus has done with the launch of the X10 is make a high quality, Full HD projector install a reality for anyone, not just footballers and oligarchs, and picked up the TrustedReviews Best Projector of 2008 award along the way.
2nd Place: JVC DLA-HD100
JVC has been on a bit of a roll for the past couple of years when it comes to home cinema projectors. Last year JVC grabbed third place with its excellent DLA-HD1 projector, and this year it has managed second with the DLA-HD100. In fact it's pretty safe to say that if InFocus hadn't pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat with the X10, JVC would have grabbed top honours in this category.
Of course if you're not short of a few bob, you may still want to consider this JVC, since the pictures it produces are simply sublime. Black level response is especially impressive, and probably represents the best you're ever likely to see before making the significant price jump to a three chip DLP model. And that's the key point, that you'd be paying well over £10,000 to find a projector that betters the DLA-HD100's pictures.
3rd Place: Sony Bravia VPL-HW10
Although Sony's VPL-VW80 projector plays in the same league as the JVC DLA-HD100, it's the VPL-HW10 that has made it into the top three projectors of the year. Just like its big brother the VPL-HW10 uses SXRD technology and sports a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution to make the most of 1080p sources.
The VPL-HW10 also sports an impressive contrast ratio of 30,000:1 thanks to a very effective dynamic iris configuration. Thankfully the workings of the dynamic iris aren't distracting, and the result is deep blacks and strong colours, while the pixel density provided by SXRD means that the pictures produced are incredibly sharp and full of detail.