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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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When you bring home your first projector, there are a couple things you should expect. First, you'll probably end up watching movies, sports, and TV shows late into the night. The other thing is that you may find yourself raving about the big, beautiful picture to anyone who will listen! Epson's Home Cinema 2045 makes movie lovers feel like they're sitting in a theater, and sports fans feel like they're on the field.

Think outside the box — get a home theater projector

When you bring home your first projector, there are a couple things you should expect. First, you'll probably end up watching movies, sports, and TV shows late into the night. The other thing is that you may find yourself raving about the big, beautiful picture to anyone who will listen! Epson's Home Cinema 2045 makes movie lovers feel like they're sitting in a theater, and sports fans feel like they're on the field.

Sure, the image size is impressive, but there's more to it. This projector has separate red, green, and blue image chips and 10-bit color processing to produce rich, realistic shades. Connect a 3D video source to the 2045 and watch the action spill off your wall and into your room.

Designed for living rooms and family rooms, not caves

Many projectors are designed for use in darkened or dimly lit rooms, which is fine if you have a dedicated room, but otherwise it can be a limitation. The 2045 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. If you can lower the room lights you'll be able to take full advantage of the 2045's dynamic iris. It automatically adjusts light output on a scene-by-scene basis for improved picture contrast and black levels.

A "smart" projector with flexible connections and built-in Wi-Fi®

Two HDMI inputs are available for your high-definition sources. One of these inputs is MHL-compatible, so you can connect your compatible smartphone or tablet and view photos and videos on a mega-sized screen. There's also a composite video input for old-school gear, along with a standard PC input. 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.

This is one of the first home theater projectors we've seen with built-in Wi-Fi. It's a convenient way to add content on your computer or portable device to your mix of projected entertainment.

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Product Highlights:

    • high-definition home theater projector
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
    • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
    • 3D-ready projector (active 3D glasses sold separately)
    • 35,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    • light output: 2200 lumens
    • dynamic iris for excellent contrast and black level
    • 10-bit color processing can display up to one billion colors
    • split screen feature lets you simultaneously project two images from different sources
    Image Adjustments:
    • 1.2X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
    • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
      • 2 HDMI
      • 1 composite video
    • PC input
    • USB input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
    • stereo minijack output for connecting a sound bar or home stereo system
    • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • 200-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 7500 hours in Eco mode)
    • quiet cooling fan (29 dB in Eco mode)
    • built-in mono speaker (5 watts)
    • remote control
    • screen mirroring — send content wirelessly from device to projector with compatible smartphones and tablets
    • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on a large screen
    • 11-11/16"W x 4-13/16"H x 10-3/4"D
    • weight: 6.9 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

    What's in the Box:

    • Video projector
    • 10' AC power cord
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Projector Manual Link CD-ROM
    • Quick Setup instructions
    • Extra Care Home Service booklet
    • "Attention" sheet

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    3LCD, 3-Chip Technology:The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 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 4,000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 7,500 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L88) and air filter (Part # V13H134A32) are the only user-serviceable parts.

    Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 37dB in Normal mode and 27dB 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 w/ Keystone Correction: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 features a F1.58-1.72 lens with a focal length of 16.9mm to 20.280mm. 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 setting to correct the image shape. The projector's Keystone Correction can automatically compensate 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.

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

    Projection Image & Distance: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 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 332". 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:

    Aspect Ratio Screen Or Image Size Projection Distance (wide to tele)
    16:9 50" 53"-64"
    80" 85"-103"
    100" 107"-129"
    150" 161"-194"
    16:10 50" 57"-69"
    80" 93"-111"
    100" 116"-139"
    150" 175"-210"
    4:3 50" 65"-78"
    80" 105"-126"
    100" 131"-158"
    150" 198"-238"

    High Color Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 outputs 2,200 lumens of white light and 2,200 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The white light output in the ECO mode is 1,500 lumens. 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 35,000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes.

    1080p Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:9 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3.

    Multiple Sources: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 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) or HDMI inputs. There is also a USB-A port for connecting a USB thumbdrive. One of the HDMI inputs 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 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). The VGA input will support video up to 1920 x 1200.
    • USB-A: The projector's USB-A port can be used to connect a USB thumbdrive for playback of JPEG (8192x8192) still images. The USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. You can use your projector's Slideshow feature whenever you connect a USB device that contains compatible image files. This lets you quickly and easily display a slide show, and control it using the projector's remote control.

    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 Epson RF Active Shutter 3D glasses (278RF3DG, sold separately) for each viewer. You can also convert 2D images to 3D using the 2D-to-3D conversion.

    Split Screen: You can use the split screen feature to simultaneously project two images from different image sources (HDMI1/HDMI2 and Screen Mirroring) next to each other. You can control the split screen feature using 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.

    Note: You cannot project from the same input source onto both sides (left and right) of the screen. You also cannot use split screen with 3D images or certain input source combinations.

    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 (Auto, Normal, 16:9, Zoom, Full, Native), 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.
    • Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 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. You can select from the following choices - Natural, Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Cinema, 3D Dynamic, 3D Cinema.
    • Manual Picture Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature.
    • Auto Iris: Epson's Auto Iris Technology adjusts the aperture to provide the optimum contrast and brightness for each scene. In certain color modes, you can turn on the Auto Iris setting to automatically optimize the image based on the brightness of the content you project.
    • Frame Interpolation: This feature smoothes fast moving video by comparing consecutive frames and inserting an intermediate frame between them.
    • Detail Enhancement: This feature enhances details to create clear outlines for better image quality.
    • Noise Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images and reduces the noise or artifacts seen in MPEG video.
    • RGBCMY: Adjusts the hue, saturation, and brightness for each color.
    • Super White: Reduces over-exposure of whites in your image.

    Built-in WiFi: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 offers built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz) for wireless network connectivity to your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer.

    • Intel WiDi/Miracast: You can send images to your projector from mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets using Intel WiDi (version 3.5 or later) and Miracast technology. Miracast is supported by Windows 8.1+ and Android 4.2+ devices.
    • EasyMP Network Projection Software: You can use EasyMP Network Projection software to project images from your computer to the projector over a network. 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. EasyMP Network Projection software is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 and Mac OSX 10.4+.

    Built-in Speaker + Audio Output: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 has its own built-in, rear-panel 5W mono speaker. It also features a stereo 3.5mm audio output to connect an external AV receiver or powered speaker.

    A/V Mute: You can temporarily turn off the projected picture and sound if you want to redirect your audience's attention during a presentation. Any sound or video action continues to run, however, so you cannot resume projection at the point that you stopped it.

    Remote Control + HDMI Link: 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. When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as a 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.

    Mounting: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 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.

    Portable: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 is lightweight and easy to carry; perfect for travel or to quickly move from room to room.

    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.

    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 & 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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    It's portable, the lamps (not available through Crutchfield) are fairly cheap ($62.00 from an Amazon supplier), and it's fairly low power, so we can use it off the solar power system while at the cabin without draining the batteries too much. I wish it had Bluetooth audio output ... [ Scott  Mar 19, 2018 ]
    recommended by a friend [ Mark  Feb 02, 2017 ]
    The brand name and the contrast ratio of the projector. [ jason  Jan 16, 2017 ]
    Price and lots of research, Crutchfield had the lowest prices. I was originally going to buy a different model (2040) through Amazon, but after seeing the Crutchfield ad, I had to have it. [ Ramon  Jan 16, 2017 ]
    Great product [ robert  Dec 28, 2016 ]
    This looks to be one of the best under $1000 HT projector out there. [ S  Dec 10, 2016 ]
    3 reasons... Dynamic Iris, Contrast Ratio and Brightness [ Matt  Sep 07, 2016 ]
    very positive reviews [ Stephen  May 24, 2016 ]