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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB

3-LCD 1080p home theater projector with 4K Ultra HD and HDR source compatibility

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If you've checked out 4K projectors lately, you may have been shocked by their price tags. While these top-end projectors provide an incredible viewing experience, they're not necessarily in everyone's price range.

4K compatibility and HDR at a great price

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB 1080p Home Theater Projector

The 5040UB's powered lens cover slides shut after use to protect the 16-piece glass lens.

If you've checked out 4K projectors lately, you may have been shocked by their price tags. While these top-end projectors provide an incredible viewing experience, they're not necessarily in everyone's price range.

So the projector experts at Epson created a worthy alternative that delivers the best possible picture for the money. The Home Cinema 5040UB is a 1080p projector that accepts native 4K content, including movies and shows encoded with HDR (High Dynamic Range).

These powerful features are combined with "pixel-shifting" technology to deliver superior picture quality compared to typical 1080p projectors. Install the 5040UB in your home theater and enjoy 4K and HDR-encoded content at a fraction of the price of a true 4K projector.

Impressive picture detail and contrast

Epson's 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by half a pixel to provide a sharper image. This allows the 5040UB to render 4K content clearly with remarkable detail, for a bright, crisp image.

The 5040UB boasts a dynamic range of 1,000,000:1, for rich, deep black levels and bright, clear whites. You'll enjoy a heightened sense of realism as every scene from your favorite movie is rendered accurately.

Get a better picture with HDR

Movies and shows that are encoded with HDR give you incredibly vivid image color, brightness, and detail when displayed through a compatible projector. HDR is available on select Ultra HD Blu-ray titles as well as select 4K programming from streaming services like Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu — and the list is growing.

Use a 4K Blu-ray player to feed your 5040UB projector and enjoy an amazing picture for both high-def and 4K sources. You can play Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray discs along with regular Blu-ray titles. And you'll want to dig out your favorite DVD titles, too, because Epson's Super Resolution "smart sharpening" feature gives standard-definition video sources a cleaner, clearer look.

Enough light for bright rooms, enough control for dark rooms

Many high-performance projectors are designed for use in darkened or dimly lit rooms. That's fine if you have a dedicated home theater, but if you don't it can be a limitation. The 5040UB has loads of light power so it's ideal for real-world family rooms, home theaters with really big screens, and situations where others in the room need to keep some lights on.

The 5040UB's high brightness also comes in handy for 3D viewing since 3D glasses tend to dim the picture a bit. Three of the projector's picture settings are dedicated to 3D, so you can enjoy a gorgeous 3D picture without changing the settings for watching in 2D. If you're able to make your room really dark, you'll want to use one of the projector's lower light settings, and turn on the "auto iris" feature, which optimizes black level and contrast for each scene.

Flexible placement and hookup options

For spontaneous or "event" viewing, the 5040UB sets up easily on a table or shelf. Or you can use an optional ceiling mount for a more permanent installation. Horizontal and vertical "lens shift" allow you to position the projector off-center and still get a perfectly true image. Two HDMI inputs — one of which is HDCP 2.2 capable — are available for your high-definition sources.

For the best picture quality from this 4K-compatible projector, we recommend using a 4K-rated projector screen.

Product Highlights:

    • 3-LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
    • 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by half a pixel to provide a more detailed, higher-resolution image than regular 1080p
    • accepts 4K Ultra HD video sources
    • High Dynamic Range (HDR10) for extremely wide contrast and high brightness levels with HDR content
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
    • recommended image size: 50" to 300"
    • light output: 2500 lumens
    • 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    • dynamic iris for excellent contrast and black level
    • wide color gamut delivers the entire sRGB color space, plus DCI in Digital Cinema Mode
    • 10-bit processing enables over one billion colors
    • Frame Interpolation for reduced motion judder (not available when pixel shift is in use)
    • Super Resolution detail enhancement improves the look of standard-definition video
    • 3D-ready with built-in RF emitter (Epson ELPGS03 active 3D glasses sold separately)
    • picture-in-picture (not available in 3D mode)
    Lens and Image Adjustments:
    • 16-piece glass structure lens is optimized for 4K performance and precision
    • lens has 2.1X zoom capability (powered zoom/focus)
    • lens shift image adjustment (powered, horizontal and vertical)
    • program up to 10 preset powered focus positions
    • 2 HDMI inputs (one is HDMI 2.0a, the other is HDMI 1.4)
      • the HDMI 2.0a input is HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to a 4K video source
      • to view 4K and HDR content from connected sources, use a compatible high-bandwidth HDMI cable
    • PC input
    • USB input for firmware updates
    • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
    • 12-volt trigger output
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • 250-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
    • ultra-quiet cooling fan (20dB in Eco mode)
    • powered retractable lens cap protects lens when projector is not in use
    • illuminated remote control
    • can be placed on a tabletop or ceiling-mounted (mounting bracket sold separately)
    • 20-1/2"W x 7-5/8"H x 17-3/4"D
    • weight: 24.3 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • this projector does not include any type of built-in TV tuner

    What's in the Box:

    • Video projector
    • 10' AC power cord
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 2 HDMI cable clamps
    • Manual on CD-ROM
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Extra Care Home Service booklet
    • Declaration of Conformity
    • "For users outside the Province of Buenos Aires Argentina" note

    The 5040 is the best 3D projector out there ; The best features for the price of any projector . I loved dealing with Crutchfield !

    Chris, Sun City, AZ


    Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB Reviews

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    (38 Reviews)

    Best projector out there for the price !

    Chris from Sun City, AZ on 2/17/2019

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    The 5040 is the best 3D projector out there ; The best features for the price of any projector . I loved dealing with Crutchfield !

    Pros: remote focus , zoom , adjustments ; the best 3D out there !

    Cons: none

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    Crutchfield customer from Ozark, MO on 2/13/2019

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    great product very clear picture i love this



    Great at this price!

    Warren from Superior, CO on 2/10/2019

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    After waiting for the "next version" of this projector I decided to pull the trigger and just buy this one. My biggest concern was that it did not take a full 18Gb signal (4K HDR 4:4:4 60fps) because the HDMI is bandwidth limited. Tired of waiting, I looked at the new 4010, but for just a few hundred dollars more (via the price-drops and sale) I got the 5040, which has been reviewed to have much better blacks. For those of you that are bench-racing like I was, I say go for it. The picture is great. I've been playing with various setting from AVS and have been pleased, but out of the box is great as well. The thing that pushed me to pull the trigger is that most projectors do not have the raw nits to hit 1,000 nits for HDR. I set this projector to convert to SDR/BT2020 which captures the full color spectrum and keeps (yes keeps) the highlights of HDR. Note, I am feeding it via a Panasonic 4K player (820), which has some tone mapping features that help tweak the picture to its finest. I've played a few 3D movies (purchased glasses on another site) and was wowed. My focus is 4K, but having the 3D is a fun, nice-to-have. The glass lens is a must for picture sharpness, and the lens shift take the headache out of placements. Again, for the price (and I got a free bulb) this is a solid buy and should appease your upgrade-itis for a long time.

    Pros: glass lens sharp picture deep blacks 3d wonderful color accuracy

    Cons: not 18gbs bandwidth on the hdmi

    Best you can buy.

    Crutchfield customer from Cedar City, UT on 2/5/2019

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    You can't go wrong with this projector. Best I have used yet.



    Excellent Picture Quality and Easy to Customize

    Kurt from Southington, CT on 1/2/2019

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    This is an excellent product!! The picture quality is excellent even in bright room. The projector is very easy to use and to adjust. I highly recommend this product.

    Pros: Very Easy to customize and adapt to your home theater environment.

    Cons: None.

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    Crutchfield customer from Rock Springs, WY on 11/18/2018

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    Excellent picture!



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    Michael from Baldwin, NY on 8/29/2018

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    The Epson 5040ub met all my expectations. Very happy with the ability to watch in a room that is not completely blacked out(unlike my 2004 InFocus ScreenPlay 7200). Looking forward to trying the 3D, just looking into the right glasses to buy. The picture fits well on my 110 inch screen. Easy to size and focus. I am using the preset settings but will play with them when I am more comfortable with the system and my preferences. Afraid when my son discovers it for gaming, it will be monopolized. It is priced to sell.

    Pros: Very user friendly.

    Cons: The size was larger than expected.

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    ANTHONY from Palm Coast, FL on 7/15/2018

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    This is on awesome projector, I have it on the max size and its still as clear as clear, I love the HDMI link, now just one button, turn the projector one and everything thin else comes on the amps the dvd and the screen comes down, love it love it love it!!!!

    Pros: everything

    Cons: little on the large side

    Outstanding feature set for price.

    Chris from Urbana, MD on 5/31/2018

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    Easy set up out of the box. Crisp picture, eShift, while not 4K, definitely worth the $. Home theater room has been used every night since receiving the projector. Absolutely worth every penny.




    Devon from Springfield, OH on 4/4/2018

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    After much research on the right all around projector for my needs I landed on the Epson 5040. I have been using it for about a week now and I have been throughly impressed. Perfect for gaming, movies, and just everyday use. Picture is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone looking into projectors, you will not be disappointed.

    Pros: -Quality built -Great picture -Looks much better in lighted situations than other projectors I have seen -No noticeable lag for gaming -The adjustability

    Cons: -It was quite a bit larger in size then I expected.

    Great Projector for the price!

    Leland from Lake Stevens, WA on 3/22/2018

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    The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB has an awesome picture and great contrast ratio. Colors are vibrant and black is really good. Have this on a 120" Silver Ticket Screen.

    Pros: Great color, black and contrast. Awesome picture and brightness. lens shift, focus and zoom

    Cons: None

    Incredible projector for the price!

    Ravi from Columbia, SC on 3/13/2018

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    I had an Epson 8350, and this completely blew that out of the water with just 1080p content! Then I tried some 4K/HDR content....WOW. I have a 100" screen and it is BLINDINGLY bright when on full brightness in a dark room. I mean that quite literally; the opening logo of Mr Robot is a completely white screen with the USA Network logo, and that's painful to look at when at full brightness. The only negative is that it only has a 10 Gbps HDMI chip (as do all other projectors at this price point AFAIK), so it can't do more than about 30 fps at 4:2:0 with 8 bit color. If you don't mind not being able to do full 4:4:4, 12 bit at 60 fps, then GET THIS PROJECTOR!

    Pros: Incredibly sharp, motorized focus/zoom/lens shift, huge vertical and horizontal lens shift range

    Cons: Only 10 Gbps HDMI

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    Crutchfield customer from Owens Cross Roads, AL on 2/1/2018

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    The picture quality is quite amazing on a projector at this price point. As clear as the 4K TVs in my house. Paired with a Screen Innovations 106" screen, this projector won't disappoint.



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    Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 1/28/2018

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    Very easy setup, clear sharp picture, works well in partial darkness



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    Crutchfield customer from Brooksville, KY on 1/13/2018

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    I was expecting a great picture but this projector is amazing. Combine that with the help from the Crutchfield team and you have a winning combination



    Great Projector with limited HDR

    Arun from Cumming, GA on 12/28/2017

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    Excellent projector with great UHD image , the image is much sharper and crisper than older 5030ub. It was a nice upgrade .. I had recevied a defective one which turns off itself unexpectedly after every 30 minutes, Crutchfield immediately replaced the unit and provided a great customer service..

    Pros: UHD, 4K enhancement, Bright colors

    Cons: Very limited HDR compatbily only works maximun of 4k hdr @ 24hz which is very low refresh rate for watching any HDR content

    Brian from Saddle River, NJ on 12/17/2017

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    I purchased this projector as a 4K upgrade to my Epson 5030UB and the picture it produces is truly excellent and better than I expected. However, I have only been able to get an UHD image after serveral calls to Epson. The partial solution was replacing the LG970 I purchased with a Philips DVD player that will be receiving the Dolby Vision upgrade in Q1/2018. But like the LG there are problems with getting a UHD I page from streaming services such as Netflix. I am having follow up calls with Epson to try and resolve the problem. The other major issue is that Epson confirmed that the AppleTV is not compatible with the 5040 unless Apple comes out with an update. The projector produces a great impage, Planet Earth II is a stunning, and I believe that the unit is great value for money. For that reason I am still pursing resolutions with the very limited streaming options from my DVD player and hoping that Apple releases an update that will enable the presentation of UHD content on the 5040 otherwise I will be returning the unit to Crutchfield under their very generous 60 day return policy.

    Pros: Excellent picture quality with UHD, motorized lens with two memory settings, lens adjustments provide great installation flexibility

    Cons: Compatibility issues with being able to display a 4K UHD image from an Apple TV and some DVD players streaming application

    Great pricture quality!!!

    TPReddy from Dublin, OH on 12/9/2017

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    Excellent projector with an amazing resolution!

    Pros: Excellent projector with an amazing resolution!


    Great Picture Quality!

    New HT Owner from Laurel, MD on 12/8/2017

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    Excellent projector with an amazing resolution! Fairly easy to mount, but a warning that it is quite heavy.



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    Ken from Guntersville AL on 11/19/2017

    I ordered my Epson 5040 from a local big box store, *** ***, and have been waiting for a month and then they told me that it still hasn't arrived on its target date. I didn't know about Crutchfield, but I don't have this week I am going to cancel my order and buy from them. I wish I had known about Crutchfield earlier.




    Michael from New Market, MD on 11/7/2017

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    WOW, I never thought I could get a better picture than what I've been getting with my current Home Cinema Epson 1080p. I was wrong. This is amazing and I don't think my eyes could see a better picture. This 5040UB is almost plug-and-play using the Samsung Ultra HD blu-ray player and Dolby Atoms AV Receiver. I wish I had a picture with the projector running on my home theatre, I'll have to take one. With the autofocus, I was a little concerned because of my curved screen (pic below) but it accepted it beautifully. My set up has the projector pointing directly from the projector room mid-screen height. Shooting straight at the screen. I could not be happier. Just watch the 4k Bridge on the River Kawi and Passengers. I'm premiering my theatre with DUNKIRK 4K release on 12/19/17. If you're in the neighbourhood stop-in. I may never leave home this winter. Cheers

    Pros: Great picture, easy set-up. Very quiet.

    Cons: Not really a con, just bigger than expected and heavy. Give it lots of breathing room.

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    Crutchfield customer from Monrovia, CA on 9/10/2017

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    Extremely happy with this projector. The picture is awesome. I'm viewing in a room with some ambient light during the day and this unit still looks great. It is big but so is the picture quality.

    Pros: Picture is awesome . Even when viewing in a non blacked out room.

    Cons: The physical size of the projector. But once you get it up and running you will get over it.

    Great picture and the ability to adjust the size,brightness and qualit

    Crutchfield customer from Anaheim, CA on 9/5/2017

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    Awesome projector for the price, picture quality a+++, color, contrast and brightness a++

    Pros: Quality

    Cons: None

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    Shriyan from Lutz, FL on 8/2/2017

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    If you are looking for a pro level projector this is an excellent item. Amazing color, great contrast and black level. Great value.

    Pros: Excellent projector, great color, black level. Good the value.

    Cons: Heavy and big.

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    Chulwon C from Wyckoff, NJ on 7/18/2017

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    I think this would be the best home theater projector for a long time.



    Problematic firmware update procedure

    Kent from Austin, TX on 4/30/2017

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    Big improvement over my 720P Sony PJ. Relatively easy to set up, but I got much different video-related settings using Spears and Munsil disc vs. initial setup using Epson instructions. Differences show up on live images. I am still in tedious process of reconciling those differences. I have been reluctant to invest a lot of time in calibration until I could be assured I had latest firmware. So far I have been unable to do update because of issue around the file format my Mac installs on the USB drive I am required to use to transfer the firmware update. I am still waiting for a solution from Epson. I am amazed and disappointed that Epson does not provide for updates via Internet as all my other hardware pieces do.

    Pros: Great picture

    Cons: Can't do firmware update

    Outstanding Epson Projector

    Adrian from Johns Creek, GA on 4/9/2017

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    This projector is my third Epson projector, thus I am a dedicated Epson customer because they build high quality products. The Epson HC 5040UB projector replaced an Epson HC 5030UB projector, which was more of an upgrade versus a replacement. Although the 5040UB is not a true 4K projector, it comes very close in overall picture quality, especially since it supports HDR. It is superior to the 5030UB in several areas: It has better picture clarity and supports a wider color spectrum, accepts true 4K video content, HDR support, superior lens that has electronic zoom, focus, lens shifting and memory. Other than those big points, it's another quality built Epson projector, which you'll enjoy for years to come.

    Pros: This projector has many pros to consider if you are thinking about buying it. The projector accepts true 4K content, supports HDR, has electronic focus, zoom, lens shifting and memory. Due to its improved lens system, the pictures are clear and sharp. It is near 4K picture quality due to the pixel shifting technology used by Epson. Rich color output.

    Cons: Not a true 4K projector, but this is not a show stopper since it accepts true 4K content. It is a little larger than the HC 5030UB, so a potential buyer should consider placement carefully, if not installing on a ceiling mount.

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    Crutchfield customer from Lenoir City, TN on 3/26/2017

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    I am really blown away with my new Epson projector. Have shown to all of my friends and they can't believe how beautiful my 14 ft screen looks. I Just bought an Sony 4k player and even my old dvd's have a brand new life. Crutchfield is now my only choice for home theater needs. At age 77 - the best my home theater has ever looked


    Cons: Just wish it had a strech mode

    Epson 5040 is great !

    John from Cincinnati, OH on 3/19/2017

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    I had an Epson 5030 projector, my first. I thought it had a great picture, and it does. When the Epson 5040 came out I decided to get it. I can see the difference between the two. The 5040 really has a great picture, with blu ray or 4k. I don't think a real 4k projector could look much better than the Epson 5040. The color is rich and the picture is sharp. I will be a lifetime Epson customer.

    Pros: Razor sharp picture, full rich color.

    Cons: None that I have run across yet.

    Unbelievable at this price point

    Brandon from Little Elm, TX on 3/9/2017

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    Unbelievable black levels and Color pops off the screen! Hands down better than the last projector we had. It's very heavy compared to most competitors on the market at this price point. Make sure you use a heavy duty mount. I haven't had a chance to calibrate but I'm shocked how great it looks out of the box. Very happy with it!

    Pros: - Black Level - Contrast - 4K inhanced

    Cons: - very large - heavy duty mount needed


    Eric from Hopewell Junction, NY on 2/20/2017

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    Love this projector, looks way better than I was expecting and as of now I just have it on the wall with gray paint with eggshell finish so when I get either a screen or projector paint then I will assume it will look even better and yes this unit is huge but it looks great

    Pros: Great picture, very bright, and quiet and this unit hangs right above my head

    Cons: Huge unit but not a con, I just should of paid more attention to the dimensions before I did my wood blocking to hang from ceiling

    All I hoped for

    Don from Pelham, AL on 2/7/2017

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    I upgraded from an old Mitsubishi and this seems to have everything. Just plug in. A little confusing with HDMI since there is a separate HDMI for 2.2 and I had to locate this for my Denon AVR to work with 4K. Outstanding picture and bright. I use in a dim theater but this would work in lighted room as long as lights don't shine directly on screen. Some settings are buried within menu but many options. I watch mainly old movies, Netflix and football. For me it is perfect. I chose this over the lower priced Epson for the higher resolution and detail. I have not noticed the jerkiness mentioned in another review. (Maybe cable and not projector?)

    Pros: Easy to use controls. VERY quiet. Excellent, vibrant picture. Easy to install using ceiling mount.

    Cons: Big. Only in white.


    Ron from Livingston, NJ on 1/24/2017

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    So far very happy with it- upgraded from a Home Cinema 8350 that I've had for 4 years. Upgraded mostly because we wanted to view the occasional 3D content. While I can't say how the 3D picture quality of this compares to other products since this is the first 3D projector I've used, the 2D quality is definitely brighter, with better contrasts. Only complaint is how some moving, panoramic scenes appear a little jerky (slightly more pronounced than with the 8350)

    Pros: Bright and clear picture, even with ambient light

    Cons: Blurriness during scenes where the camera moves over a wide view. May not be the best experience for sports or gaming if thats what you are into.

    Awesome Picture

    Crutchfield customer from Alpharetta, GA on 1/17/2017

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    Does everything advertised.



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    Michael from Seattle, WA on 12/17/2016

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    The only reason I'm giving this 4 instead of 5 stars is that I haven't had a chance to fully test it yet. I threw up some white paint on a concrete wall (framing now) and it still looks AMAZING. I did a ton of research on AV and home theater forums and everyone raves about this pj. It's pretty big, but very quiet and not too heavy.



    Best Projector Under $10,000!!!

    Chris from Benton Harbor, MI on 12/8/2016

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    After a significant amount of research, I finally decided to purchase the 5040UB, and I am VERY happy with the new projector's performance. I have had other high-end projectors in the past, so I had high hopes that it would perform as described. The brightness, digital keystone/focus adjustments, and low noise level were even better than what I expected, and the image clarity is outstanding. As an added bonus, the projector controls my Marantz receiver and Sony Bluray player through the HDMI cable, which means I can finally get rid of my IR extender to send signals back to my equipment room! I also tried the 3D capability, and was really happy with the clarity and lack of motion blur. If you are sitting on the fence regarding this projector, pull the trigger! You will not be disappointed.

    Pros: Outstanding image definition and clarity Very good 3D performance Quiet fan operation (does not distract at all during movies) Epson remote controls my receiver and bluray (wonderful surprise!)

    Cons: Bigger than expected. Measure first if you are space-constrained

    very satisfied

    Bijan from SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH on 11/14/2016

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    Excellent everything great customer service the projector,all is great excellent I am impressed.thanks to all CRUTCHFIELD .

    Pros: Great product.


    Great Projector

    Tung from Austin, TX on 9/6/2016

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    I just got my Epson 5040U from Crutchfield and are completely satisfied with my purchase. The was deciding between this and the JVC 4k projector and decided to get the Epson instead and I'm glad I did. The black level is awesome and the 4k image is amazing.

    Pros: Cheapest 4k projector around.

    Cons: A lot bigger than I thought.


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    Epson 3LCD, 3-Chip Technology: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB projector utilizes Epson's own 3LCD, 3-chip technology for amazing color, incredible detail and solid reliability. 3LCD's 3-chip architecture dedicates an entire chip to process each primary color - red, green, and blue, continuously. Unlike single-chip technology that delivers color sequentially, you get full-time color. The result is vibrant, realistic images and video all delivered with 3LCD's true-to-life color.

    • True-to-Life Colors: 3LCD delivers up to 3x brighter colors in comparison with 1-chip DLP projectors. Color Brightness (Color Light Output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color Brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Additionally, 3LCD projectors have up to 3x Wider Color Gamut than 1-chip DLP projectors. With its 3-chip design, 3LCD delivers clear and vibrant images that are true-to-life. In contrast to 3-chip 3LCD projectors, 1-chip DLP projectors use a rotating color wheel that spins at a rapid speed, only displaying colors sequentially, which can result in color break-up or the "rainbow effect".
    • Greater Detail & Contrast: 3LCD projection efficiently uses light to project to the screen with no color disruption. 3LCD technology delivers sharper and brighter images with superior grayscale detail. Grayscale is the shades of gray (from black to white) required for greater image depth and detail; it allows greater variation in shadows and brings superior accuracy to color, creating a jaw-dropping, true-to-life visual experience
    • Energy Efficient: 3LCD projection technology uses light efficiently to create stunning images. In contrast to 1-chip technology, 3LCD requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness. 1-chip projectors use a color wheel, which leads to an inefficient design, thereby causing light loss. 3LCD does not rely on a color wheel. On average, 3LCD projectors are 25% more energy efficient.
    • Simple & Reliable Design: 3LCD systems are reliable and use a simple optical design which includes 3 chips and 1 prism. Light flows seamlessly through the system to produce brilliant on-screen colors and sharp images every time.

    Projection Lamp (Fan Cooled): The projector uses a 250-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 4000 hours in the Normal mode, 5000 hours in ECO mode, or 3500  hours in High mode. The lamp (Part # V13H010L89) and air filter (Part # V13H134A39) are the only user-serviceable parts. The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 31dB in Normal mode and 20dB in ECO mode. If the projector is to be used at an altitude above 4921 feet (1500 meters), the High Altitude Mode should be turned on so the fan can properly cool the projector at the high altitude air pressure.

    Cinema Lens: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB's lens is designed and manufactured in Japan. It features a 16-piece glass structure optimized for 4K performance. It offers a powered optical zoom and powered focus with a F-number of 2.0-3.0, Focal Length of 22.5-46.7mm, and Zoom Ratio of 1-2.1. You can preset up to 10 positions of focus, zoom, and lens shift.

    • Lens Shift: If the projected image is not centered in front of the screen, you can correct the position of the image using the vertical and horizontal lens shift dials on the top of the projector. The vertical position can be adjusted by up to +/- 96.3% of the height of the screen, while the horizontal position can be adjusted by up to +/- 47.1% of the width of the screen.
    • Keystone Correction: The vertical keystone buttons, located on the side of the projector, can correct the shape of the image, if it is not rectangular. Adjustable from -30° to + 30°. The unit does not have a horizontal keystone adjustment.

    Projection Image & Distance: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB projector can produce an image that is adjustable from 50" to 300" (measured diagonally). The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities (from 58.3" to 747.6") for a given screen size. The distance at which you place the projector from the screen determines the approximate size of the image. The image size increases the farther the projector is from the screen, but can also vary depending on the zoom factor, aspect ratio, and other settings.

    Aspect Ratio Screen Or Image Size Projection Distance (wide to tele)
    16:9 50" 58 - 123"
    60" 70 - 148"
    80" 94 - 198"
    100" 118 - 248"
    150" 178 - 373"
    200" 238 - 498"
    250" 297 - 623"
    300" 357 - 748"

    High Brightness & Ultra Black Levels: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB outputs 2500 lumens of white light and 2500 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 1,000,000:1 for deep, dramatic black levels.

    Auto Iris: The Auto Iris system constantly controls the light output based on the gamma and black/white levels of the projected content to give you perfectly adjusted images and deepest blacks. Using the remote, you can select either Normal or High Speed to indicate how quickly you would like the projector to respond to changes in the brightness of the image.

    Native 1080p Resolution with 4K Enhancement: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080) with 4K Enhancement. Epson's 4K Enhancement Technology delivers astonishing picture quality with every subtle intricacy is captured. 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution and surpass Full HD image quality.

    Dual HDMI Inputs: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB is equipped with two HDMI inputs that support 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 4K video signals. Because the 5040UB only has a native resolution of 1080p, it has to use Epson's 4K Enhancement video processing technology that upscales the image to ultra-HD 4K. 

    • HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by the projectors HDMI 1 input. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players, 4K Satellite/Cable providers, and ultra high definition online video services.
    • HDR: The 5040UB supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) video which reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
    • BT.2020: The projector is compatible with the new BT.2020 color standard which delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the total visual color spectrum.
    Note: The projector features a USB-A (300mA) port for connecting an optical HDMI cable that requires USB power.

    3D-Ready: Epson's advanced Bright 3D Drive technology enhances the brightness giving you theater-quality 3D images in your home. To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. You will also need a pair of Epson RF Active Shutter 3D glasses (ELPGS03, sold separately) for each viewer. The projector's 2D-to-3D Conversion setting will even transform 2D images to 3D content.

    PC Input: You can also connect your Windows or Mac computer to the projector via VGA (D-Sub, 15-pin). The Projector's VGA input will support 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 768, 1366 x768, 1280 x 800, 1280 x 960, 1280 x 1024, and 1600 x 900 video images.

    Image Settings: Settings on the Image menu let you adjust the aspect ratio, color, and quality of your image for the input source you are currently
    using. The available settings depend on the currently selected input source.

    • Aspect Ratio: You can select the following image aspect ratios, depending on the input signal from your image source. Black bands and cropped images may project in certain aspect ratios, depending on the aspect ratio and resolution of your input signal.
      • Auto: Automatically sets the aspect ratio according to the input signal.
      • Normal: Displays images using the full projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
      • Zoom: Displays images using the full width of the projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
      • Full: Displays images using the full width of the projection area, but does not maintain the aspect ratio.
    • Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB offers six color modes to optimize viewing for different environments and image content. The Color Mode adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color for the best possible picture. A different color mode can be selected for each input source.
      • Dynamic: For projecting the brightest picture available (2D or 3D).
      • Cinema: For viewing movies in a dark room (2D or 3D).
      • Bright Cinema:  For viewing movies in a room with closed curtains. (2D only).
      • Digital Cinema: Projects using the same color spectrum as digital movie theaters (2D only).
      • Natural: For projecting natural, accurate colors in a dimly lit room (2D only).
      • B&W Cinema: For black and white movies projected in a dark room (2D only).
    • Fine Tune Picture: If the image colors don't look correct, you can adjust them using the following settings.
      • Color Convergence (Panel Alignment): You can use the Panel Alignment feature to manually adjust the color convergence (the alignment of the red, green and blue colors) in the projected image.
      • Color Tone (Color Uniformity): You can use the Color Uniformity feature to manually adjust the color tone balance in the projected image.
      • Manual Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature.
    • Image Enhancements: Use the projector's Image Enhancements to further enhance the projected video image.
      • Frame Interpolation: This setting compares the current and previous frames, then creates a frame between them to reduce fuzziness and produce clearer moving images. You can select from 3 levels of frame interpolation.
      • Super Resolution: This setting sharpens blurred images, enhancing the apparent detail of the image. You can select from 3 levels of enhancement. Note that intentionally blurred parts of the image, such as out-of-focus backgrounds, may become sharper. This feature is not available when projecting 3D.
      • Detail Enhancement: Enhances details to create clear outlines for sharper and more refined images that are more lifelike. This feature is not available when projecting 3D.
      • Noise & MPEG Noise Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images, as well as reduces the noise or artifacts seen in MPEG video.

    Picture-In-Picture: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB's Picture-In-Picture (PIP) mode allows you to simultaneously project two video images from two different HDMI sources next to each other. The second HDMI video source appears as a sub-screen in the corner of the main HDMI source image; you can swap the images. You cannot use Picture-In-Picture while projecting 3D or 4K images.

    Remote Control: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB can be operated from its control panel, the included IR remote, HDMI-CEC, your computer, or a 3rd party automation system (sold separately).

    • IR Remote: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 32'. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room.
    • HDMI Link: When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as an AV receiver or Blu-ray player, to the projector via HDMI cables, you can control them using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the devices you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.
    • Ethernet Jack: The 5040UB's Ethernet (RJ-45) jack allows you to connect the projector to your network and control it from a compatible web browser (Internet Explorer 8.0 or later & Safari) on your computer. To use the projector over a wireless network, install the Epson 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN module (sold separately) into the projector's USB (type-A) port.
    • RS-232C Port: There is also a RS-232C port for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system (sold separately).

    Epson iProjection App: Epson iProjection is an intuitive mobile projection app for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0+. Epson iProjection makes it easy to project images and files wirelessly from your compatible mobile device to the Epson projector. You'll be able to move about the room and effortlessly display content from your Apple iOS or Android device on the big screen. Key features include -

    • QR code easy pairing is now supported.
    • Display documents loaded in the Epson iProjection app on your mobile device.
    • Display web pages and images stored in the "Photo" library of your mobile device.
    • Use the built-in projector remote control feature to control input sources, AV mute, freeze, audio settings, operate menu, zoom by finger with Touchpad and more.
    • Send files from your email or cloud storage apps to the iProjection app.
    • Marker function enables highlighting and annotation of projected photos and documents and also saving annotation to your device


    • Supported Formats & Activities: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, Office 2003 or later), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx, Office 2003 or later), Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx, Office 2003 or later), Keynote (.key), Adobe PDF(v1.7) (.pdf, Acrobat 8 compatible or later), .JPG, and .PNG.
    • Activities Not Supported: The Epson iProjection app does not support video playback, PowerPoint and Keynote animations, or mirroring.

    Trigger Output: The projector has a 3.5mm Trigger Output port which delivers a 12-volt signal (max 200 mA) to lower your motorized projector screen while the projector is powered on.

    Sleep Mode: The projector turns off automatically when no video signal is received for a preset amount of time. You can set the sleep mode to 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

    Mounting Options: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB can be placed on a tabletop or inverted and mounted on the ceiling. It can be used for front or rear projection. For tabletop use, you can adjust the image position by raising or lowering the front feet. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount (sold separately). Nine 4mm threaded screw holes are provided on the bottom for a ceiling mount. A commercially-available Kensington security lock can be attached to the unit to prevent theft when installed in a public location.

    Firmware & Software Updates (via USB): You can download files to update the software of the unit from Epson's Online Support Site. Simply copy the downloaded files to a USB thumbdrive, then  insert the USB thumbdrive into the USB port of the projector and perform the update.

    Warranty and Extra Care Home Service: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days. Included with the warranty, Epson offers Extra Care Home Service. A replacement unit (in most cases, a refurbished unit) will be shipped to you immediately. (A credit card is required for security deposit.) If it's important that you receive your original projector back, you should use the basic carry-in service instead of Home Service.

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    Great review [ Yu  Jan 31, 2019 ]
    Read multiple reviews - including the Crutchfield review. It meets all my needs for a 4K projector at the right price. [ David  Jan 14, 2019 ]
    Good price and Crutchfield ease of online shopping and support. [ Jack  Jan 01, 2019 ]
    customer service helped me bryce [ Kevin  Dec 24, 2018 ]
    Awesome reviews from avs forum and reviews from Crutchfield customers! [ Edison G.  Dec 17, 2018 ]
    High Quality image [ Rishi  Dec 17, 2018 ]
    Building Media Room [ Srinivasan  Oct 03, 2018 ]
    reviews from users [ STEVEN  Sep 22, 2018 ]
    Great picture for the money! [ A  Sep 17, 2018 ]
    had some of the best reviews, a lot of bang for your buck [ anthony  Jun 16, 2018 ]
    Brother has one. he likes it [ BRETT  Jun 11, 2018 ]
    replace old equipment. good price [ Thomas  Apr 26, 2018 ]
    High light output, contrast and resolution at lower price [ Ron  Apr 05, 2018 ]
    4k at a good price [ Chris  Dec 22, 2017 ]
    Liked this product. [ Paulraj  Nov 28, 2017 ]
    Previous experience with Epson 5030UBe and solid reviews of the 5040UB for performance and price. [ Dave  Nov 16, 2017 ]
    Picked based on trade and customer reviews. [ Gene  Nov 01, 2017 ]
    Chose the 5040UB over the Sony 45ES because of the electronic lens memory, better contrast ratio, wide color gamut, 4k support and brightness. [ David  Oct 20, 2017 ]
    Epson quality and price point. [ Brad  Oct 09, 2017 ]
    ordered it from you a few months back but got cold feet as it was not true 4K my friend bought one and i have played with it for a few months and fell ion love with it. I will not be sending it back again to you guys this time as it will have a good home!!!! Thank you for your great service [ SHANNON  Aug 30, 2017 ]
    Based on reviews from several websites [ True amateur  Aug 28, 2017 ]
    the customer rating [ Mario  Jul 20, 2017 ]
    Wanted to get the best video within my budget. After reading a lot of reviews I chose this projector. I am very satisfied with the quality of the projector and our new home theater. [ Mike  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Good reviews [ Craig  Jun 12, 2017 ]
    Advised by Neal that this would be the best selection for my home theater [ SHANE  May 29, 2017 ]
    Best combination of light power / zoom / focus / sudo-4k /sudo HDR. Sony does not have good history with respect to their light engines. [ Alex  May 23, 2017 ]
    4K resolution and sale price [ Mai-Anh  Apr 02, 2017 ]
    I want to upgrade my home theater with a 3D projector. I also want 4K, but the price is way too high and may be for years to come. From all my research, this seems like the best alternative. Getting $500 off seemed to be reason to buy now instead of waiting for what is new on the market on Black Friday later this year. I bought a 4K receiver last Christmas, reward points apply to this projector and reward from this will apply to buying a 4K OPPO blu-ray in a month after projector installed. [ William  Feb 28, 2017 ]
    Reviews and Epson's reputation for quality [ Audiophile1  Feb 27, 2017 ]
    Reviews [ Craig  Feb 03, 2017 ]
    best on the market ! [ James  Jan 06, 2017 ]
    Highly Rated...Best Value. [ Gene  Nov 28, 2016 ]
    The great reviews and price [ William  Nov 28, 2016 ]
    4K upshift was important to protect from being obsolete in 2 yrs [ Aman  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    To replace the same item. The first epson may be defective, it would show dim and blurry periodically. [ Russell  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    Best in the town. [ Bhavesh  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    Reviews and specifications. [ Gariel  Nov 14, 2016 ]
    4k upshifting, HDR, 3D [ Bart  Sep 26, 2016 ]
    best for less [ greg  Sep 24, 2016 ]
    Great reviews here and elsewhere. Good for lighted rooms. Ability to take 4K inputs gives it flexibility and longer life span. Value/price point. [ Art  Aug 22, 2016 ]

    7 questions already asked

    i don't know much about the Sony system but I too enjoy football and have not noticed much in the way of blurring. Of course different games use differ not cameras but when they use the had cameras it looks great. [ Jamie  Jul 09, 2017 ]
    Based on my experience it handles it very well. [ Gariel  Jul 08, 2017 ]
    The LAN port, in this particular instance, is a means of providing an external voltage (VDC) in order to activate a motorized screen via a CAT5e cable with a LAN plug. Most motorized screens use a LAN connector for activation(Up/Down). The Epson manual covers the parameters of this port. Hope this helps... [ Robert  Mar 29, 2017 ]
    Dear Brock, Yes it does, on the rear of the projector. [ John W.  Mar 29, 2017 ]
    It is to hard wire the internet to it [ CHARLES  Mar 29, 2017 ]
    You can hard wire a network connection or just use the wifi. I haven't found a need to have a network connect to the projector except for fireware updates. [ Dan  Mar 28, 2017 ]
    Yes absolutely. I can't put links to other sites in this reply, google 'projector calculator pro projector central' and you can enter the Epson 5040UB and your screen dimensions and adjust your throw range - you will have around 56 fL of light - that is more than I have (around 46 fL). I project from about 14-15 feet against a 104" screen and I don't even need to use Cinema Bright mode. Recommended! [ Christopher  Mar 22, 2017 ]
    Yes, easily. [ Jeffery  Mar 22, 2017 ]
    I have a 2:35:1 screen at 144" and my 5040UB projector is mounted 14 feet from the screen. It fills the screen from edge to edge at the 2:35:1 and edge to edge (side to side) overfilling my screen at 16:9. My screen's dimensions are 51" x 120". The picture is bright at this setting. Hopes this helps. [ Mike  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Yes, you can. In fact I am using it for 110 inch screen with about that distance. A great buy btw! [ Prasanna  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Yes it will fill 110 inch screen at 12-13 feet. [ JOHN  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Yes...I have a115" screen at exactly 12' away with no issue. In fact if you consult the 5040 projection charts, you'll see that at 11'9"you can fill a 120" screen. [ Gene  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    I believe you can, but I am not 100% sure. [ Gariel  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Yep, you shouldn't have a problem. I did a quick test on a 115" 2.35:1 screen from about that distance and filled it easily. Check projectorcentral for their throw calculator to verify, but you should be good to go. The zoom and shift (without keystoning) on this PJ is great. [ Michael  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. You are correct. There are no component or composite video connections. Only HDMI and PC. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Dec 02, 2016 ]  Staff
    Yes and also a pair of 3D glasses of cause [ Yang  Dec 02, 2016 ]
    Yes, you do. [ Michael  Dec 02, 2016 ]
    Generalall all electronic elements has a cetain life time usage calculated. So the consumers has to buy again the product. For many years ago was not that case, the companys had better productive quality. So we can not tel when the projectors stop working properly. And I am sure after certain time, they need to replace some parts or completely buy new one again. [ BIJAN  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    The lamp life will be based on the length of time used and whether you use it constantly in the ECO or high lamp mode. When the bulb gets to the end of it's life the overall picture will darken to some extent. This is true of all projectors with the exception of the new LED models which have a much longer life as far as the light source is concerned. The LED models will be more expensive. Crutchfield is a good company to deal with. [ Bart  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    This projector can be turned on using the remote that comes with it. Also, it has a RS-232C port that can be used to integrate it into a home automation system and some of those systems can turn it on. Feel free to call an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for additional help on powering it on. My Bio: [ Paul  Sep 19, 2016 ]  Staff

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    The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UBe offers these features:

    wireless HDMI transmitter with 3 HDMI inputs

    wirelessly sends 1080p and 4K video to the projector

    range is 32 feet, and projector and transmitter must be in the same room