Epson Announces Two High Brightness Video Projectors

Epson Home Cinema 1440 (left) and 1040 (right)
Epson Home Cinema 1440 (left) and 1040 (right). Images provided by Epson

Following up the recent announcement of their Powerlite Home Cinema 740HD, 2040, and 2045 video projectors, Epson is adding two more entries, the Home Cinema 1040 and 1440.

Just as the previous three projectors, the 1040 and 1440 incorporate 3LCD technology, which utilizes separate LCD imaging chips for the red, green, and blue primary colors. Also, both projectors provide full 1080p native resolution with the ability to project images up to 300-inches in size (depending on projector-to-screen distance), at the 16:10 aspect ratio (can be resized to 16:9 or 4:3).

Both projectors also include an easy-to-use onscreen menu system, wireless remote control, and manual zoom and focus controls. However, the big emphasis on both the Home Cinema 1040 and 1440 is bright light output.

Home Cinema 1040

The Epson Home Cinema 1040 offers the following features:

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

Contrast Ratio: Up to 15,000:1

Zoom: 1.2:1 manual.

Keystone Correction: (Auto) vertical (+ or - 30 degrees) and (Manual) horizontal (+ or - 30 degrees)

Connectivity: 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 USB Type B for accessing media files on PCs and Laptops, 1 set of analog audio inputs, 1 Composite video input, and 1 PC monitor input.

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

Fan Noise: 28db (ECO) to 37db (Normal).

Audio: 2W watt amplifier powering 1 built-in Mono speaker.

Suggested Price: $799

Home Cinema 1440

The Epson Powerlite Home Cinema has the same features as the 1040 (1080p, MHL, etc...) but has the following differences:

Light Output: Up to 4,400 Lumens (B&W and Color).

This allows the 1440 to project very bright images on large screen sizes, even in lit rooms that normally would only be suitable for an LCD TV.

Contrast Ratio: Up to 10,000:1 - The reason that the contrast ratio capability on the Home Cinema 1440 is narrower than it is for the 1040 is that in order to achieve the 4,400 lumens brightness level, the ability to provide a wide contrast ratio is diminished somewhat.

Zoom: 1.6:1 manual.

Keystone Correction: (Auto) vertical (+ or - 30 degrees) and horizontal (+ or - 20 degrees)

Faroudja DcDi Video Processing: Provides improved deinterlacing and video upscaling.

Split Screen: Allows display of side-by-side images from two different sources on the screen at the same time.

Connectivity: 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 USB Type B for accessing media files on PCs and Laptops, 3 sets of analog audio inputs (1 RCA, two 3.5mm, 1 Composite, 2 PC monitor inputs, and one PC Monitor output (allows you to view images both on a projection screen and a PC monitor - great for large room presentations).

Additional connectivity includes an Ethernet/LAN port for network connectivity, and for custom control needs an RS232C port is provided (Crestron Connected Compliant).

Lamp: UHE Lamp with 280 watts output, Lamp Life: 4,000 hours (ECO), 3,000 hours (Normal)

Fan Noise: 31db ECO mode, 39db (normal mode).

Audio: 16W watt amplifier powering 1 built-in Mono speaker, analog audio loop-through output for connection to external audio systems via 3.5mm connector.

Features that are not included on the Home Cinema 1040 and 1440

Neither projector provides component video inputs, optical lens shift, powered zoom/focus controls, or a 3D viewing option.

More Info

The Home Cinema 1040 carries a suggested price of $799 - Official Product Page

The Home Cinema 1440 carries a suggested price of $1,699 - Official Product Page

Whether you are looking for something extremely inexpensive that can deliver a basic big screen viewing experience (even in a room with ambient light or outdoors in the early evening or night), or something a little more expensive, that provides additional connection flexibility, control, and even higher brightness, the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 1040 and 1440 projectors may be options to consider for home entertainment, school, or business presentation use.

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