Epson Adds Three Projectors To 2015/16 Home Cinema Line

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 740HD (left) and 2045 (right) - Not To Scale
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 740HD (left) and 2045 (right) - Not To Scale. Images provided by Epson

Video projectors for home entertainment use have gone through big changes in recent years, quality is up, while prices and size have gone way down, making them an affordable option for those that seek that really big screen movie viewing experience at home.

What that in mind, Epson has unveiled the first three projectors in its 2015/16 line-up, the PowerLite Home Cinema 740HD, 2040, and 2045. All three projectors incoporate 3LCD technology, which utilizes a separate LCD imaging chips for the red, green, and blue primary colors.

Home Cinema 740HD

Starting in the entry-level position is the PowerLite Home Cinema 740HD. Basic features include:

Native Resolution: 720p

Light Output: 3,000 Lumens (B&W and Color).

Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1 (measurement method not stated)

Lamp: UHE Lamp with 200 watts output, Lamp Life: Up to 10,000 hours (ECO), 5,000 hours (Normal)

Image Size: 33 to 320 inches depending on distance.

Inputs: 1 HDMI, 1 USB (type A) for accessing photos and videos on USB flash drives, 1 USB Type B, 1 set of analog audio inputs, 1 S-Video, 1 Composite, and 1 PC monitor input.

Audio: 1 watt amplifier powering a single built-in speaker.

Home Cinema 2040

Stepping up from the Home Cinema 740HD, the 2040 offers the following core features:

Native Resolution: 1080p (In both 2D and 3D)

Light Output: Up to 2,200 Lumens (B&W and Color).

Contrast Ratio: Up to 35,000:1 (measurement method not stated)

Lamp: UHE Lamp with 200 watts output, Lamp Life: Up to 7,500 hours (ECO), 4,000 hours (Normal)

Image Size: 34 to 332 inches depending on distance.

Inputs: 2 HDMI (one MHL-enabled for connection of compatible smartphones, tablets, or MHL-version of the Roku Streaming Stick), 1 USB (type A) for accessing photos and videos on USB flash drives, 1 set of analog audio inputs, 1 Composite, and 1 PC monitor input.

Audio: 5 watt amplifier powering 1 built-in Mono speaker, analog audio loop-through output for connection to external audio systems via 3.5mm connector.

3D Features: Bright 3D Drive with 480Hz motion processing, using rechargeable Active Shutter RF Glasses. Projector also provides two 3D preset color/contrast/brightness settings: 3D Dynamic and 3D Cinema for optimal viewing from both video and film-based 3D source content. 3D glasses require additional purchase.

Home Cinema 2045

The Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2045 has the same core features as the 2040 (1080p, 3D, MHL, etc...) but adds built-in Miracast capability, which allows direct wireless streaming/sharing of compatible audio/video/still image content from compatible smartphones, tablets, and WiDi which allows direct wireless streaming from compatible PCs and Laptops.

All three projectors also include an easy-to-use onscreen menu system, wireless remote control, manual zoom and focus controls, auto vertical (30 degrees) and manual horizontal (30 degrees) keystone control .

Features that are not included on the above projectors: component video inputs, optical lens shift, or powered zoom and focus controls. Also, it should be further noted that while the 740HD provides S-Video input and USB Type B port connection options, the 2040 and 2045 do not.

More Info

The Home Cinema 740HD carries a suggested price of $649 - Official Product Page - Buy From Amazon.

The Home Cinema 2040 carries a suggested price of $799 - Official Product Page - Buy From Amazon.

The Home Cinema 2045 carries a suggested price of $849 - Official Product Page - Buy From Amazon.

Whether you are looking for something extremely inexpensive that can deliver a basic big screen viewing experience (even in a room with some ambient light), or something a little more expensive, but still very affordable, that provides more detail and extra connection and content access flexibility.

These three new projectors from Epson may be options to consider. Just remember, you also need to purchase a screen, or you can also use a white wall in a pinch.

UPDATE 12/16/2015: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 Projector Reviewed

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