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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1040

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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When it's time to shop for a new TV, I think a lot of people who would really enjoy a projector never even consider one because projectors are outside the TV mainstream. And that's too bad, because even Epson's budget-priced Home Cinema 1040 delivers a big, bright, colorful picture that makes watching at home feel almost as special as sitting in a cinema.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1040

When it's time to shop for a new TV, I think a lot of people who would really enjoy a projector never even consider one because projectors are outside the TV mainstream. And that's too bad, because even Epson's budget-priced Home Cinema 1040 delivers a big, bright, colorful picture that makes watching at home feel almost as special as sitting in a cinema.

Nothing enhances the viewing experience more than a bigger image, but there's more to this projector than just a big picture. Over the past few years Epson has really nailed the 3-LCD technology at the heart of the 1040. Separate red, green, and blue image chips produce rich, realistic colors. Each chip has full 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene. And this projector is bright enough to produce a compelling picture even in a room with some lights on.

Quick, easy setup means showtime can be anytime

The Home Cinema 1040 sets up easily on a table, or you can get a bracket and ceiling-mount it. Two HDMI inputs are available for your high-definition sources, and there's also a standard PC input. One of the HDMI inputs is MHL-compatible, which means you can watch up to 1080p-quality video by connecting your smartphone, or a media streamer like Chromecast™ or the Roku Streaming Stick™ — plug 'n' play options for accessing services like Netflix® and Hulu®. Use the USB input to connect your camera or a thumb drive — the projector's internal software lets you run slide shows without connecting a computer.

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Great for any room small or large. Clear view with intense color in dark or lighting space. Easy to use.

Roberto, Ponce, PR

What's in the Box:

  • Video projector
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Manual/Registration on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup
  • Extra Care Home Service booklet
  • "Attention" note

Product Highlights:

    • high-definition home theater projector
    • widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
    • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1200 pixels each, with 1080p support)
    • 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    • light output: 3000 lumens
    Image Adjustments:
    • 1.2X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
    • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
    • picture settings memory for each video input
      • 2 HDMI
      • 1 composite video
    • PC input
    • USB Type A input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
    • USB Type B input for connecting a computer
    • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • 200-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 10,000 hours in Eco mode)
    • quiet cooling fan (28 dB in Eco mode)
    • built-in mono speaker (2 watts x 1)
    • remote control
    • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone
    • 11-11/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 10-5/8"D
    • weight: 5.7 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Note: projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but you can connect a high-def over-the-air tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

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    3LCD: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 projector utilizes 3-chip LCD 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: The projector uses an energy-efficient 200-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 5,000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 10,000 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L88) and air filter (Part #V13H134A32 ) are the only user-serviceable parts.

    • Light Optimizer: When Power Consumption is set to Normal, the lamp brightness is adjusted based on the projected image; you can set this option for each color mode
    • Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 37dB in Normal mode and 28dB 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.

    Projection Lens: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 features a F1.50-1.71 lens with a focal length of 20.42mm to 24.50mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.2. To provide the best possible image quality, adjust the projector's position to correct the image shape. If this isn't possible, then use the Keystone or Quick Corner setting to correct the image shape.

    • Keystone: The projector automatically compensates for vertical keystone distortion (+/- 30°) when it is tilted upward or downward. Manual horizontal keystone adjustments (+/- 30°) can be made using the top-mounted slide control.
    • Quick Corner: You can use the projector's Quick Corner setting to correct the shape and size of an image that is unevenly rectangular on all sides.

    Note: The projector does not have a lens shift feature.

    Projection Image & Distance: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 projector can produce an image that is adjustable from 30" to 300" (measured diagonally). The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities for a given screen size. The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is 34" to 355". The distance at which you place the projector from the screen determines the approximate size of the image. The projection distance can be determined from this chart:

    Screen Or Image Size (16:10 Aspect Ratio) Projection Distance (wide to tele) Offset From Lens Center
    50" 58" - 71" -2.4"
    80" 94" - 114" -3.9"
    100" 118" - 143" -4.8"
    150" 177" - 216" -7.2"

    High Color Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 outputs 3,000 lumens of white light and 3,000 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors. Light output in the ECO mode is 2,100 lumens. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 15,000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes.

    1080p Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:10 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3.

    Multiple Sources: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 has inputs for multiple sources to give you lots of choices. For connecting to your video equipment, the unit features two HDMI (Ver.1.4) inputs and a composite video input with a stereo RCA input. You can also connect your computer to the projector via the VGA input (D-Sub 15-pin), USB-B input, or HDMI inputs. There is also a USB-A port for connecting a USB thumbdrive. The HDMI input is even MHL compatible for connectivity of select MHL-enabled Android smartphones and tablets.

    • HDMI/MHL: The projector's two HDMI 1.4 inputs can be used to connect home theater equipment, like your Blue-ray player and satellite receiver. Or, it can be used to connect your Windows PC or Mac computer. The HDMI 2 input is also MHL compatible for connectivity to MHL-enabled Android devices. To find MHL-certified devices, go to The HDMI 1.4 inputs support up to 1080p.
    • Composite: The composite video input with stereo RCA inputs is used to connect older AV gear that only feature analog output connectivity like a VCR. The composite video input supports up to 480i.
    • VGA: You can also connect your Windows or Mac computer to the projector via VGA (D-Sub, 15-pin). The VGA input will support video up to 1920 x 1200.
    • USB-B: You can connect your Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/10) PC or Mac (OS X 10.5.8-10.10.x) computer to the projectors USB-B port. Once your computer is connected to the projector, your computer will be prompted to download the Epson USB Display Software.
    • USB-A: The projector's USB-A port can be used to connect a USB thumbdrive for playback of JPEG (8192x8192)/BMP (1280x800)/GIF (1280x800)/PNG (1280x800) still images and AVI (1280x720) video images. The USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32.

    Image Settings: Settings on the Image menu let you adjust the aspect ratio 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.
      • 16:9: Converts the aspect ratio of the image to 16:9.
      • 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.
      • Native: Displays images as is (aspect ratio and resolution are maintained).
    • Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 offers four 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. You can select from the following choices:
      • Dynamic: Best for projecting in a brightly-lit room; this is the brightest mode.
      • Bright Cinema: Best for movies projected in a brightly-lit room.
      • Cinema: Best for movies projected in a dark room.
      • Game: Best for games projected in a brightly-lit room.
    • Picture Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature.
    • Noise Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images. You can select from 3 levels of noise reduction. This is not be available with a signal input through the PC port.
    • Deinterlacing: Converts interlaced to progressive signals. Leave the setting on Film/Auto for viewing movies on a player that produces interlaced output. Select Video for watching videos captured with a video camera. Set to Off when viewing images with a large amount of movement.

    Split Screen: You can use the split screen feature to simultaneously project two images from different image sources next to each other. You can control the split screen feature using the remote control and the projector menus. While you use the split screen feature, other projector features may not be available and some settings may be automatically applied to both images.

    Built-in Speaker: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 has a built-in, rear-panel mono speaker (2-watts).

    Remote Control: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 19.7'. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room. If you connect your computer to the projector via VGA, USB-B, or HDMI, you can set up the remote control to act as a wireless mouse.

    Optional Network Adapter: You can send images wirelessly from your Windows PC or Mac computer to the projector via a WiFi network. To do this, you must install the Epson 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN module (sold separately) into the projectors USB-A port, and then set up the projector and your computer for wireless projection.

    Mounting: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 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 two rear feet and one front foot. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount (sold separately). Three M4 x 9mm 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.

    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 1 to 30 minutes.

    Warranty & 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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    Why did you buy this?

    I purchased one in Dec 15 for another conference room and its great. so when I needed another one it was an easy choice. [ BRUCE  Feb 01, 2016 ]
    Price, Quality & Newly Releases Product [ Brad  Dec 14, 2015 ]

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    I don't think it can, I'm not really sure. [ Mike  Apr 17, 2017 ]
    You would connect the audio output of your video source device to the input of your speaker or to a Bluetooth transmitter if you needed to send the audio signal to the speaker wirelessly. I hope that helps! My Bio: [ Ryan  Mar 18, 2016 ]  Staff

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