Epson Home Cinema 1040 1080p, 2x HDMI (1 MHL), 3LCD, 3000 Lumens Color and White Brightness Home Theater Projector
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The Home Cinema 1040 projector delivers bright, Full HD 1080p widescreen entertainment at home. Offering up to 3x Higher Color Brightness1 than competitive models, Epson 3LCD projectors ensure vibrant images. Portable and easy to use, the projector features up to 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, plus 3000 lumens of color brightness and 3000 lumens of white brightness2. Connect your Blu-ray Disc player, gaming console or streaming device like Chromecast, and project up to 300", on virtually any wall or screen. Two HDMI ports, MHL3 connectivity, a built-in speaker and convenient setup tools make it easy to enjoy HD content out of the box.
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116 of 122 people found the following review helpful.
Epson Home Cinema 1040 vs. BenQ W1070
By J. Maxon
I have owned three projectors before this one and installed and managed several others at work. My favorite so far is the BenQ W1070. Here’s how this Epson Home Cinema 1040 measures up with it.
Price wise, they are about the same. However the BenQ has been out since 2012, whereas the Epson 1040 was released a month ago (September 2015). So in theory, the Epson has the advantage of newer technology.
This is most noticeable when comparing the Brightness/Lumens. The Epson stands out with 3000 Lumens whereas the BenQ only has 2000. Equally, there is a contrast difference of 15000:1 vs. 10000:1. That said, when I tested this in my home theater setup the Epson look a bit washed out to me; no matter the color mode. It seemed as if the BenQ has more rich contrast whereas the Epson was a bit pale. I didn’t noticed a huge advantage in the extra brightness, but it is important to mention that there is very little ambient light in my home theater setup. One may notice a more positive difference with the Epson in more brightly lit rooms, particularly if there are open windows nearby.
I’ve worked with both multimedia and home theater projectors, and it kinda surprises me that Epson claims the 1040 is designed specifically for home theater use. In several ways, it seems to be built more for multimedia. (To note, multimedia projectors tend to be used in conference rooms at business for giving presentations, whereas home theater projectors are for watching movies and playing video games.) Firstly, the Epson has a large remote (nearly twice the size as the BenQ) with buttons for mouse clicking and moving pageup and pagedown; a feature commonly used for advancing PowerPoints. Secondly, the Epson is built with LCD technology whereas the BenQ uses DLP. Most projectors in movie theaters use DLP. This explains why the Epson looks more washed out to me, as LCD shadow detail and absolute black levels fall short. There is also lower color accuracy and a greater risk of problems should the projector be used for long periods of time. Want to binge-watch The Walking Dead or play COD for hours on end? Know that LCD panels lose image quality over time. The less the projector is used each day, the less of a problem this is. But if you plan on turning it on for long periods of time you may want to look into a DLP. And let’s not forget about the dreaded dead pixels that are common with LCDs.
It's important to note that, unlike traditional organic LCD panels, Epson uses a special inorganic alignment layer. In theory this should help to eliminate the degradation patterns caused over time since heat and UV light shouldn't affect it the same way. However, in my research, I have found no official claims or concrete statements to confirm or deny this. In fact, a professional installer for over 20 years stated that projector engineers have admitted to him that all LCD projects are subject to degradation. Inorganic versions do last a bit longer, but still suffer from the same problem. As for my experience, I have owned an organic LCD projector and it did develop degradation after several years of use. A bluish glow / stain covered the left side of the screen. I do hope that inorganic (or non-organic) helps to resolve this problem, but there is very little evidence to state the contrary.
That’s not to say that LCDs are all bad, in fact they generally have a longer lamp life. Such as is the case here. The Epson 1040 lists 5000 hours while the BenQ only 3500 hours. That said, I’ve had the BenQ since July 3 of 2013 and have yet to change a bulb over two years later. That’s with plenty of PS4/WiiU game time and movie watching. Still, the Epson rates higher in this category. Especially in bulb replacement cost: The Epson’s replacement bulb (V13H010L88) runs for around $79.00 while the BenQ’s is around $232.00.
The Epson also has a native resolution of 1920x1200, which is higher than BenQ’s 1920x1080. Although most everything I watch or device I use is at 1080, so that’s not an issue for me. It just means you can get your plugged-in computer resolution a bit higher (another advantage I see more for multimedia than home theater use). Regardless, both share the same HDTV formats, which are: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p. Note the “p” in 1080p, which some projectors can’t handle (some can only do 1080i). The “p” stands for “progressive scan,” which is important for home theaters since the image looks sharper, is more defined [than 1080i], and provides better visuals for scenes showing a lot of fast motion (think The Bourne Identity).
I was surprised that the Epson provides the older composite ports (for older non-HD devices), but does not have component ports, which some older HD devices depend on (ones without HDMI ports). As a home theater projector, component can be important, especially if you are running something like a Wii (first gen) gaming system and what it at the higher resolution. The BenQ has both these ports.
The fan noise levels of the two projectors are a consideration as well. The Epson 1040 is several dB louder than the BenQ. 37 dB vs 33 dB to be exact. That said, both projectors have an ECO mode which lowers the noise, but the Epson felt really hot after only a few minutes in ECO mode. I worry that this could shorten the life of the bulb, if not risk increased damage to the LCDs. But that’s just speculation. I’ve been running the BenQ strictly in ECO mode for over two years and it’s been fine.
All that said, the biggest reason I like the BenQ over the Epson 1040 is due to settings. My home theater room only allows 10 feet of distance between projector and wall. On my wall, I have a 100" [wide] screen. The BenQ’s throw distance is 39.7 - 234.7, and I get a full 100” wide image at only 10 feet away. Whereas the Epson’s throw distance is 3.6 - 29.3, and I only get a 79" projected image at 10 feet. On top of that, the BenQ provides a vertical lens shift. This basically means I can hang the projector on the ceiling without the need to have it centered perfectly with the projector screen. Need to hang your projector a bit off centered? You may need that vertical lens shift to compensate; to push the picture over. And I don’t mean digital compensation, which often distorts the picture and messes with balancing the focus. I mean a physical lens shift that actually moves the lense to correct the discrepancy. The Epson does provide some “digital” adjustment options, but it does distort the quality of the image to some degree.
Overall, the Epson is built to be used as either a multimedia projector or for a home theater, whereas the BenQ is made specifically for home theater use. The Epson has a longer bulb life than the BenQ, and the bulbs are less expensive to replace. It is also built with newer technology and projects a brighter image. However, the blacks are a bit washed out and I found the display positioning settings to be a bit limited. It also falls short in throw distance, but if you have a large room, that may not be a problem for you. Before you purchase any projector, I recommend measuring your space and doing the calculations. As for myself, I still prefer the BenQ for my home theater setup; I’ve had the same bulb for over two years and the settings meet all of my needs. But the Epson has its strengths as well; just keep in mind its weakness too.
117 of 127 people found the following review helpful.
QC issues, Decent Picture, WUXGA resolution, Long Throw & Noisy
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 is a decent projector for it's price, throws a decent picture by default, fantastic if you calibrate it, but has some build quality issues (See build quality section in lower part of review). I would suggest this for Computer use (to take advantage of the WUXGA resolution) with occasional movies and netflix/amazon instant video.
- 3LCD - no rainbow effect that single chip DLPs have.
- 3000 lumens - Bright, great for use in rooms with ambient light.
- MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support
- Low replacement lamp prices & Long lamp life
- Corner Keystone & Auto vertical Keystone (for portable use, not for home cinema use, see more below)
- 1920x1200 WUXGA native resolution - great for computer use
- 2 year warranty with two business-day replacement with free shipping (from Epson)
- Auto-Iris for higher contrast, audible grinding noise even on high speed setting
- 1920x1200 WUXGA native resolution - not so great for 1080p content (Netflix, Prime Video, FireTV, etc.)
- Negative throw offset: this is the relationship between position of projected image and projector. For ceiling mounting, you WILL need a mount with extension tube.
- Long throw distance compared to other projectors (the projector needs to be placed further away from the screen for a bigger picture)
- Not so great build quality - Foreign material on 3LCD - read below and see picture.
- Speaker is weak, but you're expected to use a sound system
- No Lens shift (which allows for flexible placement of projector), though expected at this price point
- The Epson Home Cinema 1040 has decent picture quality even in daylight. Colors look real in cinema mode, really detailed on highlights, however, lacking in shadows of the image.
- If you calibrate the the color settings using Cinema or Game Mode as the starting point, you can get it to look fantastic, though lack of detail in shadows still exists.
- Dynamic mode does not work well for video. On scenes like the in-car shot scenes of House of Cards where the lighting changes on the actor's face, the projector showed it struggled to maintain a color balance, causing skin tones to fluctuate between bright, lifelike and blue. Works great for computer use and web browsing though.
- The WUXGA 1920x1200 resolution is weird for a home cinema projector. If you are mostly using this for movies or 1080p content, i'd suggest you purchase Epsons' other home cinema projector, the 2040, which is 1920x1080 in resolution. The extra 120 vertical pixels causes a letterbox whenever you're watching 1080p content, unless you dismiss the extra 120 pixels and position the image on your screen without the extra 120 pixels, but that raises an issue of light being thrown outside of your projection screen.
Features - Pretty good, though some are compensations:
- Auto-Vertical keystone & Corner keystone, if you're using this projector not as a home cinema projector, but carries it around, plops it on a table and gives presentations, this is great. This is a useless feature if you are mounting it for home use, because you do not want to use any keystone correction as keystone at all as it alters the 1:1 pixels mapping, lowering the quality of your image.
- 3LCD, Great for people sensitive to the rainbow effect of single chip DLP projectors.
- 3000 lumens, Great for use with ambient light. My previous BenQ W1070 gets completely washed out with lights on. The Epson Home Cinema 1040 still throws a decent picture on ECO mode with lights on.
- LONG lamp life, Up to 10,000 hours on ECO mode, and Up to 5,000 hours on Normal mode.
Build Quality - Roll the dice and see if you get a good one - feels unpolished:
- The air filter that prevents dust from getting into the lens and LCD structure does not have any sort of seal around the filter (it's loosely seated in a slot covered by a flimsy plastic cover that doesn't sit flush with the casing), possibly allowing larger dust to enter the system as time goes on. Unfortunately, I have this issue out of the box. There's a dust blob on the blue LCD of the 3LCD system, creating a dark spot on blue images, and thus a yellow blob on full color picture. *See picture attached* (It does come with a 2 year warranty, so if dust gets into the system after Amazon's exchange & return period, Epson will fix it for you).
- Use the built in speaker, at a decent volume (above 1), and you'll hear rattling of loose fitting parts from the vibrations of the speaker. (This isn't much of an issue because you'll have your own sound system)
- Tap the lamp cover on top and you'll notice it's not secured by any latches and is simply held on by the side screw.
- Fan noise is quiet on ECO mode, very very loud on Normal mode. This projector uses Epson's quick shutdown technology where the fan stops immediately after power-off, and does not do a controlled cooldown of the lamp to prolong it's life. This allows you to quickly unplug the projector and pack it up and move it somewhere else. I didn't see a setting for this and wished it was included.
Overall, the Epson Home Cinema 1040 is a respectable projector with decent and bright image quality.
Though for reasons of build quality, I would not recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
good for movies and gaming
I've got curtains that let light in so it's not really bright enough during the day. At night this thing is a beast. My last projector had rainbows so I didn't want that. I've heard that DLP supposed to be a little bit sharper but the picture on this is blowing me away. hard to imagine that it can get even better.
one star off because it's not really bright enough to replace my TV during the day.
had to update since this projector is one of the best purchases Ive made. was finally able to control the light in the room. I project on the wall at 155" hooked up to the PC and PS4 looks glorious.