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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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Our take on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440

If there was ever a projector deserving of the term "light cannon," it's the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440. With more light power than any projector we've ever carried, the 1440 will throw a bright, crisp picture in setups where many projectors would look weak and washed-out. That extra brightness really comes in handy if you're watching in a well-lit room, or projecting onto a jumbo-sized screen.

An ultra-bright projector for brightly-lit rooms and big screens

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440

If there was ever a projector deserving of the term "light cannon," it's the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440. With more light power than any projector we've ever carried, the 1440 will throw a bright, crisp picture in setups where many projectors would look weak and washed-out. That extra brightness really comes in handy if you're watching in a well-lit room, or projecting onto a jumbo-sized screen.

There's more to the PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 than just "big and bright." Epson has really optimized the 3-LCD technology at the heart of the 1440. 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.

The 1440 also features a dynamic iris that constantly adjusts the light output to respond to scene-to-scene changes in brightness levels. Works especially well for movies.

Quick, easy setup means showtime can be anytime

The Home Cinema 1440 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. The 1440 is also a star in the boardroom or classroom, with dual PC inputs to accommodate multiple presenters.

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Easy to set up and get running, after a few adjustments I absolutely love my projector it's bright enough that even with the lights on or the sun shining in it is bright and clear. I would highly recommend this projector

Travis, St george, UT

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

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)
    • 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    • light output: 4400 lumens
    • dynamic iris for enhanced picture contrast and black levels
    • split-screen capability lets you show two video sources side by side
    Image Adjustments:
    • 1.6X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
    • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
    • picture settings memory for each video input
      • 2 HDMI
      • 1 composite video
    • 2 PC inputs
    • USB Type A input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
    • USB Type B input for connecting a computer
    • Ethernet port for making a wired connection to a home network
    • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • 260-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 4000 hours in Eco mode)
    • quiet cooling fan (31 dB in Eco mode)
    • built-in mono speaker (16 watts x 1)
    • remote control
    • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing content from compatible smartphones, tablets, and streaming media devices
    • 14-7/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 12-13/16"D
    • weight: 10.2 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

    Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440

    Travis from St george, UT on 6/17/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to set up and get running, after a few adjustments I absolutely love my projector it's bright enough that even with the lights on or the sun shining in it is bright and clear. I would highly recommend this projector

    Pros: Easy to set up and adjust. Nice and bright even in bright lights, excellent color,

    Cons: None so far


    KenM from Texas on 12/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Epson projector is just awesome. It can't help the Cowboys win, but they look way better losing on my 106" screen with my 4400 lumen Epson Projector!

    Pros: 4400 lumen projector makes daytime watching possible and still has a great picture

    Cons: None so far


    Hands-on research

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    3LCD: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 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 260-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 3,000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 4,000 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L77) and air filter (Part #V13H134A41 ) 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 39dB in Normal mode and 31dB 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 1440 features a F1.50-2.0 lens with a focal length of 23mm to 38.4mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.6. The projector does not have a lens shift feature.

    Projection Image & Distance: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 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 for a given screen size. The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is 57" to 352.4". 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)
    50" 57.5" - 95.9"
    80" 92.9" - 154.2"
    100" 116" - 193.1"
    150" 175.4" - 290.4"

    Image Shape: You can project an evenly rectangular image by placing the projector directly in front of the center of the screen and keeping it level. If you place the projector at an angle to the screen, or tilted up or down, or off to the side, you may need to correct the image shape using Keystone correction, Screen Fit, and/or Quick Corner.

    • Screen Fit: You can use the projector's Screen Fit feature to automatically correct the shape and position of images
      to fit on your screen.
    • Keystone: The projector automatically compensates for vertical keystone distortion (+/- 30°) when it is tilted upward or downward. Manual horizontal keystone adjustments (+/- 20°) 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: 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, Screen Fit, and/or Quick Corner setting to correct the image shape.

    High Color Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 outputs 4,400 lumens of white light and 4,400 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. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 10,000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes.

    1080p Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 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 1440 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 two VGA inputs (D-Sub 15-pin), USB-B input, or two 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. In addition, there is an Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for network LAN connection.

    • 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 1 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); each VGA port also features a minijack (3.5mm) audio input. The Projectors two VGA inputs will support video up to 1920 x 1200. If you connect a computer to one of the projector's VGA ports, you can also connect an external monitor to the projector's VGA monitor output. This lets you see your presentation on the external monitor even when the projected image is not visible.
    • 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.
    • Ethernet: You can use the HC1440's Ethernet (RJ-45) port, your home's WiFi network, and Epson's EasyMP Network Projection software to project images from your computer to the projector. Sharing the projector over a network allows you to project images from different computers without having to change cable connections, as well as project images from a remote location. Epson's EasyMP Network Projection software is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 and Mac OS X 10.4.x-10.0.x.

    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).
    • 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.
    • Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 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.
    • Image Processing: You can adjust image processing speed & quality. Set to Fine or Fast.
    • Progressive: Sets whether to convert interlaced-to-progressive signals for certain video images. Select Off (for fast-moving video images), Video (for most video images), or Film/Auto (for movies/graphics/animation).
    • 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.

    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 + Audio Output: The Home Cinema 1440 has a built-in, rear-panel mono speaker (16W). It also features a stereo 3.5mm audio output to connect an external AV receiver or powered speaker.

    Remote Control: The Home Cinema 1440 can be operated from its control panel, the included IR remote, 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 16'. 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.
    • Network Connection: The HC1440's network connection allows you to control the projector from a compatible web browser (Internet Explorer 8.0 or later & Safari) on your computer. 
    • RS-232C Port: An RS-232C port is included for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system (sold separately).

    Mounting: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 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?

    Brightness, and with help from Doug! thanks! Doug's Bio: [ Gregory  Aug 01, 2016 ]

    1 question already asked

    No, it doesn't come with wireless capability but you can add wireless to it very easily. I'm using the BenQ Wireless HDMI kit to mine and it works flawlessly. Hope this helps. [ Palmer  Feb 04, 2017 ]
    That does not seem to be an option. I had to plug a cable between the laptop and the device. [ ANDY R  Feb 04, 2017 ]
    No [ michael  Feb 03, 2017 ]