Epson Home Cinema 2040 1080P 3LCD Projector
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The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a successor to the well-regarded Home Cinema 2030. Like the earlier model, it delivers full HD 1080p resolution, full HD 3D compatibility, excellent connectivity including Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), and a balanced, natural picture. Unlike the earlier model, it also include Frame Interpolation, Detail Enhancement, 2D to 3D conversion, low input lag, and advanced noise reduction. The Home Cinema 2040 releases soon with an MSRP of $799, making it one of the most affordable LCD 1080p projectors on the market and a great choice for living rooms, game rooms, and portable use.

Viewing Experience

The Home Cinema 2040 performs similarly to how the Home Cinema 2030 did, though there have been some notable improvements. When we reviewed the Home Cinema 2030 (almost exactly two years ago, as it happens), we noted that the projector produced a sharp, bright image with good color saturation. Some specification improvements aside, the Home Cinema 2040 retains the same general picture quality as its predecessor, including high saturation and a natural appearance with excellent balance. It adds higher on/off contrast (thanks to a more responsive iris) as well as a whole slew of features previously found on the higher-end Home Cinema 5030UB such as Frame Interpolation and Detail Enhancement. This is great news for anyone in search of a low-cost LCD 1080p projector, and it makes the Home Cinema 2040 one of the most feature-rich projectors available in its price range.

The Home Cinema 2040 has four image modes. Dynamic mode, selected automatically at first startup, is a touch greenish but otherwise acceptable whenever maximum light output is needed. Overall image balance in Dynamic is not compromised despite the mode's high brightness, though color accuracy is, as is typical of most projectors' Dynamic calibrations. Bright Cinema's 1725 lumens also came with improved color accuracy despite a slightly blue tinge. Natural and Cinema both measured just shy of 1,000 lumens with the lamp set to Eco, which is the factory setting. Switching to full lamp power netted 1519 lumens and the best color accuracy available from the projector without calibration.

Purely subjectively, the defining characteristic of the Home Cinema 2040's image is balance. Each of the projector's image modes, despite differing in brightness and color characteristics, share the same well-balanced natural character that makes the projector a good choice for television and casual film viewing.

Key Features

$99 replacement lamps. Projector buyers used to pay $300 or more for replacement lamps that would deliver only 2000 hours of life. That is no longer the case, at least in the world of low-priced projectors. The Home Cinema 2040 not only offers an estimated lamp life of 4,000 hours in full power mode and 7,500 hours in Eco mode, but also takes replacement lamps that only cost $99 each.

The low cost of replacement lamps means there's no longer a reason not to run your projector for as many hours as you'd like. If you want to use the Home Cinema 2040 as a TV replacement, you can certainly do so. If the 7,500 hour figure holds up, that would work out to eight hours of use per day for the next two and a half years.

Frame interpolation. The Home Cinema 2040 may be a successor to the 2030, but it has picked up a few features from the higher-end Home Cinema 5030 as well. First among these is frame interpolation (FI). This technology analyzes incoming video and adds interstitial frames between the existing frames, smoothing out blur from fast motion and camera pans. The Home Cinema 2040 is one of the only projectors in this price range to include frame interpolation, and it works quite well. We did not see any obvious artifacts, and on Low we didn't see any trace of the soap opera effect that is so dreaded by some folks. It also adds quite a bit of input lag, so it's not something you'd want to use for gaming.

Detail Enhancement. Another carryover from the higher-end Epson models is Detail Enhancement, a technology designed to bring out fine surface detail. The effect is subtle, but visible, and can add a little bit of extra "oomph" to the picture when desired.

Low input lag. With only 25 milliseconds of input lag (1.5 frames at 60 FPS), the Home Cinema 2040 is one of the fastest projectors available for gaming, regardless of price. In fact, it is quite a bit faster than most more expensive home theater projectors. The only caveat is that you can't run frame interpolation if you want fast response times; using FI increases lag to just over 100 milliseconds.

Full HD 1080p. With 1080p projectors reaching record low prices, there's no longer any reason to compromise when it comes to home entertainment. The Home Cinema 2040 will display high-def content at full native resolution, giving you a beautifully detailed picture.

Full HD 3D. With full HD 3D capabilities, the Home Cinema 2040 can be connected up to a 3D Blu-ray player or set-top box for 3D playback. The projector does not include glasses, but is compatible with Epson's RF 3D glasses should you decide to pick some up. The projector also includes 2D to 3D conversion, which isn't found in many of the Home Cinema 2040's direct competitors. This is a bonus for the die-hard 3D buffs in the audience.

Noise reduction. The Home Cinema 2040 includes both Noise Reduction and MPEG Noise Reduction, both of which originated on the Home Cinema 5030 and made their way down to this model. Most projectors in this price range do not include noise reduction at all. Also note that Epson's noise reduction technology is adept at reducing noise without killing sharpness, so you can actually use the NR slider without fuzzing up the picture.

MHL. Mobile High-Definition Link allows the use of compact media devices like the Roku Streaming Stick or Chromecast with the Home Cinema 2040. These create the opportunity for truly compact installations, since the only wire would be the power cable to the projector itself.

5W speaker. The onboard speaker, while adequate for casual viewing, is no replacement for a dedicated sound system (or the more powerful 10W speakers found on some other Epson home entertainment projectors). However, it is better than nothing, and better than the 2W speaker found on the Home Cinema 2030. When you're bringing the projector over to a friend's house, an onboard speaker is preferable to the alternative of no sound at all.

Warranty. A two-year warranty covers the Home Cinema 2040 more thoroughly than most other projectors in this class. The warranty also includes 90 days of coverage on the lamp, which should help to weed out lamps that are inherently flawed in some way (which is rare, but can happen). It's another layer of protection on your investment.


Light output. Dynamic mode on the Home Cinema 2040 measured 2089 lumens, and while that's a hair shy of the rated 2,200 lumen output, it's functionally identical. Dynamic mode has a greenish tint but was still decently balanced overall and suitable for use whenever maximum light output is needed.

Bright Cinema mode, at 1725 lumens, is a compromise between the brightness of Dynamic and the more color neutral appearance of Natural and Cinema modes. Bright Cinema has a subtle bias toward blue, but is appropriate for ambient light use.

Natural and Cinema mode both measured 998 lumens, but both modes default to Eco lamp mode when selected. Switching to full power nets you 1519 lumens in both modes. This means that Eco mode reduces light output by roughly 34%, which is a bit more than usual. However, it also gives you almost double the lamp life, which is also a bit more than usual.

Contrast. Black level isn't the Home Cinema 2040's strong suit, but that's because it is built for use in rooms with ambient light. In those cases, a deep black level is pointless. The Home Cinema 2040 includes an automatic iris for those times when you watch a movie at night. However, the iris is audible at times and visible at other times, so it is an imperfect solution. Dynamic range is on par with other LCD-based projectors in this general category, but not up to par against the more common DLP-based competition in the home video market.

Color. Cinema mode is quite well balanced out of the box, albeit with a slight bias towards both blue and green and a color temperature around 7100K. In a room with ambient light, the slight inaccuracies aren't noticeable, and most users won't feel the need to do a calibration. Saturation is excellent in all image modes, contributing to that overall sense of natural balance that the Home Cinema 2040 brings to every image.

Input lag. Input lag describes the time it takes a signal to reach the screen. More advanced home theater projectors tend to have more image processing, and the time taken to perform this processing adds to input lag. The Home Cinema 2040, being a relatively simple projector by home theater standards, measured just under 25 milliseconds of input lag using a 1080p/60 input signal. That is roughly 1.5 frames, making the Home Cinema 2040 one of the faster projectors available regardless of price.

Fan noise. At full power, the Home Cinema 2040 produces a low-pitched rush of air. It is still easy to hear the fan from a few feet away, but any kind of sound system will drown it out easily. The tiny onboard speaker can overpower the exhaust fan, even at medium volume levels. Eco lamp mode quiets the fan even further, and will be the mode of choice for anyone in a small room. High Altitude mode, which should be used at elevations above 4921 feet per the user manual, is quite a bit louder than the normal fan and has more of a whining character to it.

Lens geometry places the Home Cinema 2040 at a distance of 1.22 to 1.47 times the image width, depending on zoom. Most folks find it comfortable to sit between 1.1 and 1.5 times the image width. As a result, the projector and audience are often in fairly close proximity. That's where planning comes in. The Home Cinema 2040's exhaust grille is located on the front of the case, with angled vents directing the hot exhaust away from the light path. As a result, fan noise is perceptibly louder when you are in front of the projector than when you are behind it, even when the difference is only a few inches of lateral distance. If fan noise is something that bothers you, it pays to plan your installation such that the projector is as far forward as it can go and your seating is behind it.


Negative throw offset. Projectors without lens shift have a fixed throw offset - the relationship between the position of the projected image and the projector itself do not change. Most projectors have a positive offset, wherein a table-mounted projector will throw the image upwards (and vice versa for a ceiling mounted unit). This adds some vertical space between the center of the lens and the edge of the image.

The Home Cinema 2040, on the other hand, has a very slight negative throw offset. When placed flat and level on a table, the bottom edge of the projected image is about 5% of the image height below the center of the lens. This can be both good and bad. On the good side, it allows you to put a bigger image on the wall since you can utilize more of the vertical space available. On the bad side, it means a ceiling mount will almost certainly require an extension tube.

Iris pulsing. When the picture on screen goes from a mostly light picture to a mostly dark one or vice versa, we saw the Home Cinema 2040's automatic iris open and close several times in an attempt to find the correct opening for the image. This effect was especially pronounced with the iris set to High Speed, though it was still visible at the lower speed setting. If this effect bothers you, you can always turn the iris off completely - which is what you should be doing in ambient light anyway, as an iris cannot improve black levels in a room without proper light control.


On the surface, the Home Cinema 2040 looks and acts very much like the earlier Home Cinema 2030. On the spec sheet, not much has changed. However, once you get into the meat and potatoes of the machine, you start to realize that the Home Cinema 2040 is an entirely different beast.

The Home Cinema 2040 has the same smooth, natural, balanced picture found on the Home Cinema 2030, as well as the same inexpensive lamp replacements. However, it also includes a number of features (Frame Interpolation, Detail Enhancement, 2D to 3D conversion) normally found only on more expensive projectors. And gamers will be thrilled to hear that it has less input lag than most other projectors, marking a significant improvement for Epson and making the Home Cinema 2040 an excellent gaming machine. At $799, the Home Cinema 2040 is a great little projector and a solid value for movies, games, television, and anything else you can think of.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Epson Home Cinema 2040 projector page.

Comments (61) Post a Comment
John Posted Sep 2, 2015 4:39 PM PST
Audible Noise??
Xavier Posted Sep 3, 2015 2:47 AM PST
Would you recommend this projector for use in a home theater with good light control?

Is there a better alternative in this price range? I am rather sensitive to the rainbow effect, so no DLPs please.
thebryceman Posted Sep 3, 2015 3:36 AM PST
Yes, audible noise? Fan noise has long been a problem with most Epson projectors.
tony Posted Sep 3, 2015 8:38 AM PST
Only question that I asked in the review announcement comments wasn't answered.

Does fast mode compromise image quality like it does on the 5030?
Bill Livolsi Posted Sep 3, 2015 9:33 AM PST
John, thebryceman -- We have added a section on audible noise to the Performance section of this review.

Xavier -- There are very few LCD projectors in this price range. The Home Cinema 2040 should do well in a darkened room.

tony -- We did not see significant degradation in Fast mode, but we also saw very little benefit to input lag (1-2 milliseconds).
Tony Posted Sep 3, 2015 1:45 PM PST
@ Bill Wait, so you are saying that you were getting 25 milliseconds without fast mode engaged?? If so, that's darn impressive. Also, why even include fast mode?
James Posted Sep 3, 2015 4:32 PM PST
Any trace of crosstalk with 3D?
Gaofeng Zhu Posted Sep 4, 2015 9:54 AM PST

Excellent review. Question on the down tilt on ceiling mount, you mentioned extension tube to compensate. What's an extension tube? Are you recommending to add it while ceiling mount the 2040?
Crfan Posted Sep 5, 2015 1:09 PM PST
If you don't need 3D, the Epson 8345 is selling refurbished with full 2year warranty and new lamp around $550 from major sellers like VisualApex. The 8345 has over 2X the native contrast of the 2040 as well as a significantly better dynamic iris...better contrast and better blacks in a good room.

Otherwise, around $1100 the Epson 3000 (or a 3500 during a sale) has nearly 3X the native contrast of the 2000/2030/2040.

Both would look better for movies in anything resembling a dark room. The 2040 looks to be the better gaming projector though.
C.B. Posted Sep 10, 2015 8:59 AM PST
How should this projector fair for a diagonal screen size of 144" in an outdoor setting (night with almost no ambient light) or in a dark basement setting? Thanks for any info.
Darryl Posted Sep 12, 2015 10:52 AM PST
How does the 2040 measure up against the 5030UB? I'm looking for an affordable 3D projector to tide me over until Ultra High Def and the new rec 2020 standard comes into line. I think the 2040 may be the right projector.
phil taylor Posted Sep 13, 2015 4:01 AM PST
The only interesting feature from my point of view is the prospect of better black levels from an improved iris. All the others are things i would normally turn off. If the black levels were improved significantly, then this might go on my list. At present I have a Benq W1070. If the 2040 could equal its black level performane it would be good enough.
Sean Posted Oct 1, 2015 5:16 AM PST
(sorry projector newbie here) When you say that the projector needs an extension tube, what does this mean in terms of distance down from the ceiling for a 100" diag screen?
Sean Posted Oct 1, 2015 10:57 AM PST
could I put it upside down on the ceiling, maybe 12" down from the ceiling?
Marc Posted Oct 12, 2015 1:41 AM PST
the top of the image will be at 6" from the ceiling
Carl Posted Oct 16, 2015 4:37 PM PST
The store on Epson's website shows the ELPLP88 replacement bulb for the Epson 2040 projector has a cost of $79.
Sami Posted Oct 19, 2015 12:18 PM PST
Will this work on both 110v and 220v ?
VAM Posted Oct 22, 2015 7:59 PM PST
I hear lot of fan noise from this projector, did any one faced the same problem ?
Phanindra Posted Oct 31, 2015 11:31 PM PST
HI, Epson 2030 has contrast ration of 15000:1 and 2040 has 35000:1, there is a big difference in contrast ration and lumens as well. Does the contrast ration makes big difference ?
lorival Posted Nov 3, 2015 5:16 PM PST
I have Benq w1070 the image to me is perfect but the noise is terrible. Is the epson 2040 the solution to the noise problem?

Bern Posted Nov 11, 2015 2:24 PM PST
The 2040 is very quiet. Currently mine sits just 24 inches from my head, and I can't hear it at all with sound on. Even during a quiet scene.
smonsterj Posted Nov 18, 2015 1:35 PM PST
Oh, yeah, contrast ratio makes a huge difference. The difference is obviously seen in how "black" black looks, and you can compare that to the dark edges of the projector screen that your watching on. What is not so obvious, but has a HUGE effect, only really noticed in side-by-side comparisons, is that higher contrast increases the perceived brightness and sharpness, because there is more "contrast" between darks and lights. Two otherwise identical projectors with different contrasts will be obviously noticeable side-by-side, probably not so much when viewed by themselves. But once you see it, you won't like the low-contrast stuff anymore, so don't spoil yourself unless you want to commit to high contrast displays, lol. Seeing all the detail in a black scene, individual hairs on a person's head with dark hair, variations in shadows.... it's all detail, which is perceived to your eyes as increased brightness and increased resolution. 50k contrast is about as low as I'd really like to go before it annoys me. I would go lower in the 35-35k range ONLY if price was drastically lower. Best bang for buck right now to get "the best" (relative term) is the Panasonic PT-AE8000, no question. Because it's like $1700. Best bang for your buck for casual viewing and ambient light is the Epson 2040. You don't know me, but I go through ALOT of projectors, and I'm a thorough tester, and I also have 4 accredited engineering degrees... I'm very practical, but also have high standards.
max212 Posted Nov 19, 2015 10:24 AM PST
The ANSI contrast (therefore the black level) of this epson ansi is less than or superiorie a panasonic pth 700 lcd hd projector released in 2004.

Give me a straight old breads and no longer works ... I would buy this
Suddho Posted Nov 19, 2015 6:17 PM PST
Which one is good Epson 2040 vs Benq 1075? Which one would you recommend?
smonsterj Posted Nov 20, 2015 8:36 AM PST
Oh, yeah, contrast ratio makes a huge difference. The difference is obviously seen in how "black" black looks, and you can compare that to the dark edges of the projector screen that your watching on. What is not so obvious, but has a HUGE effect, only really noticed in side-by-side comparisons, is that higher contrast increases the perceived brightness and sharpness, because there is more "contrast" between darks and lights. Two otherwise identical projectors with different contrasts will be obviously noticeable side-by-side, probably not so much when viewed by themselves. But once you see it, you won't like the low-contrast stuff anymore, so don't spoil yourself unless you want to commit to high contrast displays, lol. Seeing all the detail in a black scene, individual hairs on a person's head with dark hair, variations in shadows.... it's all detail, which is perceived to your eyes as increased brightness and increased resolution. 50k contrast is about as low as I'd really like to go before it annoys me. I would go lower in the 35-35k range ONLY if price was drastically lower. Best bang for buck right now to get "the best" (relative term) is the Panasonic PT-AE8000, no question. Because it's like $1700. Best bang for your buck for casual viewing and ambient light is the Epson 2040. You don't know me, but I go through ALOT of projectors, and I'm a thorough tester, and I also have 4 accredited engineering degrees... I'm very practical, but also have high standards.
smonsterj Posted Nov 21, 2015 4:31 PM PST
For the person asking a comparison between the Epson 2040 and the BenQ 1075, my personal opinion is that the 2040 wins. I have not seen the 1075 in person, and I don't get to test EVERY projector out there, but the 1075 does not have any features or value that make me even want to look at it. First thing is that it's DLP, and I'm one of those people that are annoyed at the rainbows from the color wheel. Granted, the 6x wheels are less noticeable for me than the 3x, but I still see them, and that is very distracting. Also, the contrast ratio is very low on the 1075. The 2040 does not have a good contrast ratio either, but the specs show 3.5x increase over the 1075, and that's pretty serious. I don't believe that the 1075 utilizes frame interpolation (and I'm also one of those that love it... I hate the choppy look of 24-30fps "cinema" frame rates), and it has double the response time for lag; it's not BAD for lag, but it's double that of the 2040. And they are the same price-ish. So you're not gaining anything from the 1075, and you may actually be losing out with it. Basically, in my opinion, my experience, and the things I'm interested in, the 1075 does not even make me look twice and I see no reason at all to choose it over the 2040.
Sudho Posted Nov 24, 2015 11:01 AM PST
Thanks for the suggestion.
Futuresafe Posted Nov 29, 2015 11:58 PM PST
if I am getting 3020 model for an additional 200 dollars than 2040, which one should I choose considering lamp costs 370 for 3020 to 99 for 2040. How reliable is the lmp on 3020?
George Posted Dec 2, 2015 5:00 PM PST
People are asking about the benq w1070,I'm more interested in if you would recommend the Epson 2040 or the new benq ht3050? I'm about to buy my 1st projector and I'm stuck on thouse two.
JW- Posted Dec 3, 2015 7:06 AM PST

I have never owned a projector so I don't know what's good to do to get the best picture for this one. Can someone please help me with the calibration and give me your settings for the best picture? I would really appreciate it!

Sean Posted Dec 3, 2015 8:02 AM PST
Just installed an Epson 2040 to replace an aging BenQ DLP unit. Paid $700CAD through a very fortuitous Costco dot ca sale.

Pro: Colour, saturation, brightness and sharpness are outstanding, even in eco mode, even in "natural" color mode, and the reduced input lag is a tremendous win (we use our PJ for action games probably the majority of the time it is on).

Con: Black levels are slightly worse than the old DLP but tolerable. Fan noise is more bass than treble but acceptable in eco mode; it would be distracting at normal brightness. Iris noise is an objectionable rattle so I have disabled it. The negative offset is a minor annoyance.

I am about 4/5 stars with this unit. Happy with my purchase given the price I paid but I am a little worried I'll be second guessing myself next year. But that's technology for you!
Rich Posted Dec 6, 2015 2:32 PM PST
I had all kinds of trouble getting my Sony bdp-s570 3d bluray to recognize my new 2045. I finally found some setting for the Sony that solved that and the 3D is amazing. However, I no longer have the option for frame interpolation. I might have made some changes on the Epson, but I'm not sure what woud have turned this off. It's new, so everything is pretty much standard, other than being in Cinema mode, and 3d set to auto. I also notice I have no control over Aspaect - it's set at Normal. Any ideas?
Joe Aikins Posted Dec 7, 2015 12:36 PM PST
Need help with calibrating the Epson 2045. What setting modes worked for you in a dark room with no windows (only recessed light with a dim switch). Please state the easy method to dleiver an awesome picture.
Matt Posted Dec 11, 2015 4:12 PM PST
I've used many projectors over the years and owned one before buying the Epson 2040. If you know all the specs above you are getting a superb system with Epson. You won't be hard pressed to find a conference room and you will most likely see a DLP projector in there. Look at the screen and all your questions will be answered. The only way I can explain it is like the first time you plug in one of those 13 watt bulbs that replace the 100 watt. Sure the room has light, but something isn't quite right. Like all your food has a blue tint. That's my DLP experience. But regardless of public opinion inluding mine, these experts are pretty accurate with their assessments. For me, the bulbs are expensive and do eventually need replacement. The Epson is not loud. It is not hot. It shuts down fast. Its bright even when the lights are on. But go with the experts, I'm sure any of them are amazing upgrades. I love love love my Epson. One look and my brother went to buying one. And that doesn't happen. He's a craislist kind of guy.
Fazi Posted Dec 14, 2015 8:15 AM PST
Extension Tube allows ceiling mounted projector to drop down little further to allow proper image placement which the Epsons mentioned here may need, especielly with 106 or less diagonal image , the distnace and placment needs to be worked out before you buy it ( check the distance calculator). Extention Tube can be purchased with the mount and generally are 1.5 inch NPT compatible are easy to use they allow you to drop the projector below the ceiling.
Fazi Posted Dec 14, 2015 8:18 AM PST
I agree with the poster and he has mentioned few good points, contrast ratios are important especially if the projector is rated less then 20K in contrast. Epsons images looks little softer & colors dont stand out as good as DLP ( own 2030). Therefor i recommend you look at projector with over 50K in contrast, if you like to see a sharp\standout colors and blacks you will need to have this settings or else picture will be acceptable without being outstanding.
Joh Posted Dec 25, 2015 10:33 PM PST
Smonster, those 4 engineering degrees do not appear to be helping you understand contrast w.r.t. to projectors and you are leading people somewhat astray by throwing out numbers like 20K or 50K for contrast then talking about being able to pick out hair in dark parts of a scene.

20K or 50K is the On/Off contrast ratio which is the ability to show really bright scenes and really dark scenes ... not at the same time.

Being able to resolve hairs in given scene has nothing to do with on-off contrast and everything to do with in-scene contrast which is NEVER anywhere near 20K or 50K:1 ....
The Manager Posted Dec 30, 2015 9:58 AM PST
I've owned 2 projectors. Optima HD30 and Benq w1200. The 3rd w1200 lamp has just failed in 4yrs.I am now researching a replacement.I have a family room setup with an 84" elite gray screen, I have 9ft ceilings and the w1200 is ceiling mounted 11ft away from the screen using a peerless mount. I use my projectors often day and nights. 1k is my budget, and I don't want an extension pole. My w1200 is 1800 lumens and 5000 contrast.I'm looking at Benq 2050/Optoma HD37/Epson2040.
Jon Busch Posted Dec 30, 2015 3:25 PM PST
I am interested in the 2040 but am confused about luminance. Manufacturer rated at 2200 lumens, your tests indicate about 1600 lumens. Comparing it to the Optima HD26, which lists 3000 lumens, your tests show it as less bright than the 2040. I'm in the movie exhibition business and I want the kind of light I have in the cinema to be what I see in a home projector. Unfortunately the cinema standard is 16 Foot.lamberts and I can't find a conversion formula to lumens. Can anybody help me out? Is anything in this price range going to give me a cinema quality image?
George Posted Jan 3, 2016 7:16 AM PST
May I ask for an opinion.

I am deeply into photography. Which projector would you recommend (in the <$1500 group) for projecting my images? Usually done in a well, but not totally, darkened room. True colors, deep blacks, sharpness, fair amount of contrast, all count.
Brian Posted Jan 3, 2016 11:19 AM PST
Excellent review again. This projector central site is awesome! Above you mention a very critical item I. Home theater installation - NEGATIVE THROW ANGLE. I have been working through the installation on ceiling for a 84" screen and iwould need to angle the projector Dow about 15 to 20 degrees which is about 2 inches! This make a profile of 4.5 inches into 6.5 inches and real increases the physical size of the projector on the ceiling. Although this looks like a great solution for most this is really a concern for my 7 foot ceilings. Also I worry the keystone will be significant and thus limit the performance of the projector. I assume many are in my shoes and including the throw angle in all reviews would be excellent as when comparing to the 2050HT from Benq it becomes a significant difference. What would be the net effect of pointing the 2040 down to the screen that much on your review? Thank you
danny92 Posted Jan 5, 2016 2:41 PM PST
Luminance in fL = (Brightness of the projector in lumens * screen gain)/(Screen area in sq ft)

You have to divide by 2 if your main content is video/movies or games.

You can also use Projector Central's calculator
Hassan Imam Posted Jan 24, 2016 9:32 PM PST
Can some one help me with the calibration of this projector. Mine is a completely light controlled room. I will really appreciate it. Screen size is 150 Inches.
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jan 25, 2016 8:59 AM PST
Hassan, nobody can help via email with a calibration. Each unit is different. We've got two 2040's here. We calibrated one of them to perfection, then loaded the same settings into the second unit. The pictures looked obviously different--the right settings for the first unit were sub-par for the second one. So don't trust "correct calibrations" you find on the Internet for any projector. The only way to get your individual unit tuned to its best is to have a professional do it. If you don't want to spend the money to do that, you can get some basic guidance from something like the Disney WOW calibration disc.
Noobius Posted Feb 13, 2016 9:07 AM PST
What is the European equivalent for this projector?
marc Posted Feb 15, 2016 4:22 AM PST
epson tw 5300
Roxie Posted Mar 4, 2016 6:50 PM PST
Just bought a new Epson 2045 Homelite projector. We also have a Sony BD510 3D player and it only plays blu ray movies, DVD's d won't display but audio works...Can't access the main screen menu to stream. Just see the gray screen and black/white fuzz until the movie begins. Any suggestions on adjusting the settings on Sony or the Epson 2045 projector. Or do is there a compatible blu ray player out there with Epson. Help!!
ntmachines Posted Mar 13, 2016 8:18 AM PST
I'm considering an Epson Home Cinema 2040 purchase and am wondering if anyone has used the horizontal keystone? If so how much does the picture degrade?

I know using horizontal is less than ideal, but I want to put then in a room that has a shelf in a closet that is off center a bit from the screen (less than 30 degrees). I don't want to pay for one that has lens shift.
Ken Posted Mar 16, 2016 12:43 PM PST
I have purchased the Epson from Amazon this morning will arrive tmrw, I will give a complete review soon especially in the Black levels, am soo excited
Keith Williams Posted Mar 22, 2016 11:36 AM PST
For anyone interested, The price of the projector on Amazon was $899 yesterday and dropped to $699 today!
Chris Posted Mar 29, 2016 10:03 AM PST
Finally setup my 2040 last week and thought I’d post my impression so far. This is my first projector and so far I’m extremely impressed. I have it ceiling mounted, 120” screen, in a totally light controlled dedicated “home theater”. Walls and ceiling are painted a very dark blue, neutral beige carpet. Throw distance is about 13’. I’m projecting on to a DIY fixed frame screen utilizing Elite Screens Designer Cut CineGrey material.

I thought I’d touch on some of the prominent issues/concerns mentioned with this unit:

Black Level: I was concerned with comments about lack of adequate black level for this unit but did not want to go with DLP because of the fear of noticing the rainbow effect. I also want to use this for gaming (with my son of course ;-) so the low input lag was important. Both these factors, along with the favourable reviews for this unit, and ultimately the $699 Costco price sealed the deal so to speak. To first summarize, the black level of course is not going to compete with an LED-LCD or even an older plasma (I have an LED upstairs which replaced my Panasonic TH-PZ850U plasma. Both of which were purchased with decent black levels in mind). And since I can be anal about these things, that was the most important factor – will the “black” bars above and below a 2.35:1 movie be distracting. Based on what I have examined so far, the answer is no. Even watched Star Wars to see if the black space with stars would look washed out and it was acceptable. Bottom line is – if I look for it I noticed, if I just let myself get immersed into the movie the black levels were perfectly acceptable and not distracting. With a 120” beautiful picture on the wall and a surround sound system blasting, I’m enjoying this projector immensely.

Now, with that said I did take whatever steps I could to increase the black level. Of course only operating in EcoCinema mode. Projector is farthest away from screen I could mount it. I went with a grey projector screen instead of white. Room walls and ceiling are painted very dark blue. Turned brightness down a bit and contrast up. I do not use the auto iris as the noise is too noticeable as it pumps. But I have yet to do a full calibration from a calibration source disc yet.

Again, for someone who can pay particular attention to black level, and for a category of projector that falls in “budget, entry level, first time buyer, etc.” this unit didn’t disappoint in the least.

Fan Noise: Anything other than the Eco modes would be intolerable. Even in Eco mode the fan is still quite noticeable. Unfortunately the projector is mounted just behind my seating position from the ceiling. However I had it mounted just in front and have listened at various positions and I don’t think it really matters much. You will still hear it during silent or quiet scenes. However, this seems to be the case with any projector based on the decibel comparisons. So, like black levels, the fan noise can be distracting if you pay attention to it. During any part of a movie with noise, music, etc. you can’t hear it. Over all not a concern, however I won’t watch House of Cards on it since it’s mostly just dialogue lol. But I intend to use the theater room for movies and gaming, not casual TV watching so the fan noise is more than acceptable for those uses.

Negative Offset: Bought a projector ceiling mount off Amazon that works great. However, as I wanted the screen as low as possible from the floor (about 20”) the bottom of the projector is just under 6ft from the floor. Not ideal, but its just above and behind the couch so it won’t be walked into at least.

Frame Interpolation: Some of the best use I’ve seen. I have it off normally but use it with shows like the Simpsons and it works great. Much better than my LCD.

Picture quality, colour, sharpness, etc. Excellent. Have not evaluated 3D yet. Xbox One games look and play amazing.

For an entry level projector available for $699 in Canada I’m extremely impressed. Don’t worry about the black levels too much. If you can control your environment and tweak the set up as much as possible, my experience is that the black levels are decent enough not to distract you out of the movie.


Kris Posted Apr 2, 2016 2:13 PM PST
Hi Chris, I thought the black levels were poor when I initially got mine-the fact that I'm projecting on to a white screen in a room with white walls/ceiling probably doesn't help either.I've since fixed a 52mm ND2 filter to the front of the projector using the 'Blutac method' with very impressive results. Black levels much improved albeit at the expense of some (minimal) shadow detail.The ND2 filter is supposed to reduce light input by half but it's barely noticeable to the naked eye in a darkened room-the picture remains very bright with no colour distortion you might expect from a filter.

I picked up mine (Hoya but most probably fake) for £9 from Fleabay so I'd expect it to cost in the region of $15-20 in Canada but you can spend up to $60-80 on better quality ones.Get a glass rather than plastic one and avoid the variable ones-its definitely worth the investment.
Chris Posted Apr 4, 2016 7:14 PM PST
Your better off getting an AV receiver where you cn plug directly to the projector and have all your other components plug into your AV receiver. but you will need some home theater systems
Travis Posted Apr 5, 2016 6:15 AM PST
I have been thinking about getting the 2040 for my newly built media room. The room is 12x12 with a 92" screen and I can completely control lighting. I will use the pj mostly for movies and gaming (ps4) but I am worried that the unit will be to bright for the room. I will use ECO mode to help with this but I have also wondered about using a grey screen instead of white to help.

What are your thoughts?
Chris Posted Apr 5, 2016 1:32 PM PST
Kris & Travis - Kris thanks for the great idea on using the ND filter. I happen to have a high quality glass ND4 that I never use for my DSLR. A little more light reduction than your ND2 but it seems acceptable. Tried it out last night with some sample material and going to mount it (going to try the "blutac" method you described) tonight. Good improvement to black levels and some reduction in shadow detail like you mention, but appears to be promising so far.

Travis - I'm using a grey screen in a 100% light controlled room. I used some sample white material before deciding to go with the grey. I found the white to seem too "bright" myself so opted with the grey to improve black level (honestly not sure how effective since I'm in a light controlled room but I went on theory anyhow). And as you can see above I'm going with Kris' idea on using an ND(4) filter. Seems to be the perfect combination. I think the minor "hack" using the ND filter to reduce light output is well worth the balance of features this projector offers for the money.

I guess you can argue my colour accuracy/shadow detail is compromised slightly but I don't think most people are going to notice, especially if you don't at least do a calibration using DVE or similar material. You're probably farther off in any case.
Kris Posted Apr 12, 2016 6:21 AM PST
Hi Chris

Glad you found the tip useful- I'd have expected the ND4 filter to reduce brightness excessively but sounds like it may still be acceptable in a light controlled environment. Anybody considering using a filter in settings with some ambient light should look at the ND2 initially IMPO (although ND4 may offer better black levels at the expense of a further reduction in brightness). Also, try the THX tuning app from Appstore/Google play if you are after basic calibration-may not be as good as a dedicated DVD but does a half decent job if you ask me..
Jason Posted Jul 13, 2016 6:47 AM PST
Just set up my 2040 with a 120 inch silver ticket grey screen. I would say it's really good for it's price. The color is beautiful, image is bright and sharp. Lots of features only the high-end projectors have. However, it has it's drawbacks. First the offset is kinda annoying if you want your screen close to the floor like I do at 21 inches, the projector hangs pretty low. The fan noise is on the loud side at full brightness. The auto-iris is audible and also distracting if set to high-speed and the movie you are watching has a lot of back and forth dark and bright scenes. Black level is acceptable in ECO mode but at full brightness, you can see the faint glow in the black area of the screen. Overall, I am very happy about the performance at $699 price point.
Jamal Posted Sep 13, 2016 2:56 PM PST
Just installed EPSON 2045, "TOP NOTCH" at its price level. Crisp clear natural colour. Screening at 292cm. It cant be better than this. Good Job all to you guys.
JimCH Posted Oct 1, 2016 2:25 PM PST
I use two Epson 2040s in my home theater with a cinemascope screen. One projector is for 16:9 viewing and the other for scope viewing. Both are ceiling mounted. My screen is 158" scope. This translates into a 126" diagonal viewing area for 16: 9 material. The projector for this is 11.5 feet from the screen. The other projector for 158" scope material is 17.5 feet from the screen using a longer drop tube. The two projectors are in line one behind the other. Only minor keystoning is involved for the closer projector. The closer projector is run in ECO mode while the projector for scope material is run in normal mode, resulting in similiar brightness for both types of viewing. Each projector has its own power strip so only one projector is on at a time. Also I can use the same remote for both projectors.

The results are excellent and I do not have to adjust for lens shift, which is good since the 2040 does not have lens shift. Whatever material I choose to watch I am ready for with this CIH setup.

Yes, I know, I'm using 2 projectors, but the cost is much less than other solutions for a Constant image height setup. I do not have to zoom or have an anamorphic lens. The 2040 is a very good projector and the price is right for 2 of them.

I really like my setup but if someone wants to give me an Epson 5040 with motorized lens memory, I'll take it.
Rick Martens Posted Oct 5, 2016 12:49 PM PST
Hey Chris I am just reading your comments about the Epson 2040 Projector. I was wondering where you found it in Canada for that price. BestBuy is selling it for $999 right now.
Blazo Posted Dec 15, 2022 4:50 PM PST
Does anyone know what DAC is installed in this projector?

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