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5000:1 Contrast Ratio
1500 Lumens
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EPSON PowerLite Home Cinema 400
Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, June 7, 2007

In an ideal world, everyone who wanted great home theater would have a dedicated, light controlled theater room. Unfortunately most people don't have that luxury. If you are among them, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 400 with its 1500 ANSI lumen output and $1100 price tag after rebate is worth a close look. With good zoom range and extensive lens shift capability, it can be installed in a variety of home entertainment settings, and is especially useful in rooms with ambient light.

We initially reviewed the Cinema 400 in October of 2006, when the price was $1599. At the time, we could not strongly recommend it due to the strength of competing units in the same price range. However, with a new price of $1099 after mail-in rebate, we requested a second sample and took another look. We are pleased to report that the Cinema 400 now represents a much better value in the home theater projector market.


ANSI lumens: 1500

Contrast (full on/off): 5000:1

Light Engine: 1280x720, native 16:9, 3x 0.7" PolySi LCD with a 170W E-TORL lamp.

Video Compatibility: HDTV 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.

Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to SXGA.

Connection Panel: One HDMI input, one VGA input, one set of component YPbPr inputs, one D4/SCART input, one S-Video input, one composite input, one RS-232C port, one kensington lock point, one 12V trigger.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.5:1 manual zoom/focus lens with manual H/V lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 9.9' to 14.9'

Lamp Life: 1700 hours, 3000 hours in eco mode.

Warranty: Two years.

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