If you’ve ever purchased a Printer you’ll know exactly who Epson are, because they’re the market leader. As far as Projection goes they’re less well-known but still a major player. Recently they’ve made a few big strides forward by offering some great Home Cinema/Gaming devices. I predicted that pretty soon they’d release a model that represented the ultimate in home projection technology, and I wondered if the Epson Home Cinema 2040 1080p 3D 3LCD Home Theater Projector was the one i’d been expecting. In this article i’ll be letting you know if they carried on their progress towards perfection, or if they went back a few paces. I’ll be assessing the value here, and telling you about some of the features you’re going to get with this. On the basis of what you’ve read you’ll be in a better position to make a judgement on whether the Epson 2040 is right for you.
- Nice Looking
- 2D and 3D
- 23000-1 Contrast Ratio
- Great Picture
- Good connections.
- No artifacts
- Easy Set-up
- Slightly noisier than some systems
- 5 Watt Speakers
Size and Design:
The design looks good with its sweeping curved edges and compact shell. Its white finish is professionally done so the 2040 will look great in any room. The one problem I have with it is that the lack of substantial venting produces more noise than most systems. This however is not noticeable if you’re playing a movie or gaming. Provided of course, you have the speakers on at reasonable levels. The weight is 9 pounds so a little heavier than many systems but it’ll still be easy to carry around, meaning i’d consider it portable. The measurements are 14.6 inches by 14.3 inches by 7.2 inches, and it’s thick so it’ll be durable. The design quality also adds to durability.
The first thing you should know is that this is a 3-chip system. So, although it costs around $700 it won’t produce distortions or other artifacts. It’s actually one of the only models below $1000 to work off 3 Chips. Whats the difference between 3-Chip units and 1-Chip Units? Well, 1-Chip units can become overwhelmed by vast amounts of information so you might see flickers of color distracting from viewing, lines down the screen, and various other artifacts. 3-Chip units like the Epson Home Cinema 2040 have 3 points from which they produce color meaning they never become overwhelmed. What Epson are telling is that you must pay $700 for the extra quality in this unit, and I think it’s a fair price. Many 3-Chip units are 1200 Dollars or more. Weigh the price up with what they’re offering and decide for yourself.
The set-up is manual so you won’t have to use Keystone and it’s also reasonably quick at around 15 minutes. Tests have shown that once you’re throwing up images you’ll lag around 1.7 frames per second. This is also a pretty good deal considering the fact that the 2040 throws out 60 frames per second. So we’re talking about a fast system that’ll be as good for gaming as it is for movies.
The brightness is 2200 Lumens, which is fair but it’s about what you personally want. You’ll get optimum display on a 248 inch screen in a dark room and a 120 inch screen in ambient light. Is that enough? While in ambient light what the Epson offers at 120 inches is one of the biggest screens around, you can get up to 300 inches on some models in complete darkness. So again, weigh those options up. Something else you’ll want to consider is that Epson are excellent at creating value and they’ve generously added a 7500 hour Lamp- Life here meaning it’ll last twice as long as some Projectors so while other people are paying for replacements you’ll still have yours
You get Full 3D 1080p plus 1080p Full HD. The color technology inside is outrageously good too. So for example in 3D you won’t get crosstalk and the picture will be seamless 3D. The 23000-1 Contrast Ratio make the blacks and whites really stand out and the colors appear very vibrant and full of life. This is one of the best and most clear Projectors on the market for under $1000 and you can tell Epson invested heavily in the color wheel design to give you both 2D and 3D options without one letting the other down. They make you buy the glasses separately, but then all manufacturers do that.
The picture is one of the best available but the speakers are only 5 Watts. Great for the living room, but if you want to take the Epson Home Cinema 2040 outside for a big screen cinema experience then you’ll need External Speakers. A small problem for many since most people have these anyway, but it’s one worth pointing out. Connections are great with 2 HDMI Ports which support both 2D and 3D play, plus Composite Video and USB. MHL is supported too so you’ll be able to hook up your phone or tablet for online movie streaming and access Netflix and You Tube direct from the 2040.
If you have the budget I’d strongly recommend the Epson because it gives you peace of mind. There’s no distortions so nothing you’re doing will be interrupted. There’s 3D and 2D, and a great picture is guaranteed. I suppose I’d have liked to see louder speakers but the connections make up for that as does the portability and the picture. It all comes down to what you want. If some of the features I’ve discussed excite you, then you’re getting good value for a 3-Chip model in this price range.