Epson Delivers Home Cinema at Low Cost

Epson’s three new 3LCD projectors, in the Home Cinema line, are said to deliver high-quality content at an ‘accessible’ price point.

Both the Home Cinema 2040 and Home Cinema 2045 are 1920 x 1080 models. They feature detail enhancement and frame interpolation functionality, as well as 2D and 3D projection. Epson also claims that a new iris, by New Wing, has improved the projectors’ black level by controlling the light reduction rate.

The only difference between the projectors is that the Home Cinema 2045 supports wireless streaming, through Miracast and WiFi. Both feature MHL-HDMI (x2), composite, VGA and USB-A ports, as well as a 5W speaker.

Using a 200W lamp (lasting 4,000 – 7,500 hours), the projectors output up to 2,200 lumens of brightness. They have a 1.22 – 1.47:1 throw ratio, and can throw a 34″ – 322″ image.

10-bit colour can be displayed. Both new products have a 35,000:1 contrast ratio and +/-30° horizontal/vertical keystone correction. They also feature a 1.2x optical zoom.

Measurements are 297 x 245 x 119mm, weighing 2.9kg. Both projectors will be available in late August, for $800 (Home Cinema 2040) and $850 (Home Cinema 2045).

The Home Cinema 740HD is intended as a more cost-effective model. The unit is brighter (3,000 lumens; same lamp, lasting 5,000 – 10,000 hours), but has a lower resolution (1280 x 720) and contrast ratio (15,000:1).

Throw ratio is 1.3 – 1.56:1; the product can produce a 33″ – 320″ image. Zoom and keystone correction are the same as the above projectors.

HDMI (x2), VGA, S-Video, USB-A and USB-B ports are featured. The projector measures 297 x 236 x 88mm, and weighs 2.4kg. It will be on sale in September, for $650.