In addition to that, we've seen an up-tick in consumers purchasing digital high definition projectors rather than LCD or LED televisions for their media rooms and standard living rooms in order to get a bigger screen size for all their movie watching and live sports. With more and more people choosing the projector route, there are an ever increasing number of new projectors hitting the market, and Epson (perhaps one of the more well-known brands) has released one of the brightest projectors that you can buy today. I'm of course talking about the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 projector. This 3LCD Projector retails for $1,699.99, but is currently on sale through Amazon for $1,499.99.
This is a little bit more expensive than other models, but you won't really find a brighter projector -- a key factor for specific users, especially those now gearing up for their annual Super Bowl parties. Some people purchase projectors for their big media rooms that tend to have theater-like darkness with zero lights or windows, allowing the projector to give the brightest and clearest image. That being said, the bulk of consumers won't usually have a separate large media room. Instead, most buyers have standard living rooms with abundant lighting and windows -- and this is where the Epson Home Cinema 1440 really comes in handy, sporting 4,400 lumens of color brightness and 4,400 lumens of white brightness, which is a giant increase from other models.
Basically, you can watch your favorite film, television show, or sporting event in your living room with all of the lights on, sun shining through the windows, and still have a bright and crisp image with the Epson Home Cinema 1440. It's a fantastic product perfect for parties and watching the Super Bowl with all of your friends and family.
The screen size ranges from 50-inches all the way up to 300-inches. In setting up the projector in different screen sizes, I found that in smaller sizes in a dark room, the image could in fact be too bright for the eyes. But with natural lighting or even house lighting in a bigger screen size of 90-inches or larger, the image looked crisp, clear, and bright without any glare. I used a 12-foot diagonal projection screen and tested out a few devices at 90-inches and at 140-inches, all of which looked clear and bright in both sizes in the daytime. I hooked up an AppleTV, an Xbox One, and a Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Player to the unit to test out live television, Blu-ray discs and gaming. The set up hardly took any time at all, as everything was connected via HDMI cable. I also hooked up my Apple laptop via VGA, which looked nice as well. Even a novice could set this projector up with ease.
There are a few downsides to this particular model though, considering the price. For instance, this projector is not 4K ready and does not support 3D, which seems like a staple these days in home theater equipment. That being said, this projector offers plenty of connectivity options for an office or home, as it includes 2 HDMI ports, a composite video port, 2 VGA ports, an RCA port, and even a USB port in case you want to hook up a USB flash drive. The Epson Home Cinema 1440 measures 4.9 by 14.8 by 11.4-inches and weighs 10.3 pounds, which might be a tiny bit on the heavy and bulky side if you're planning to take this unit to a friend's house or outside. There is a manual focus and a 1.6x manual zoom, which allows for quite a bit of wiggle room for your preferred screen size. Finally, the unit comes with a helpful installation disc if you need to use one.
The overall look of the picture is magnificent. This high definition (1920 x 1200) projector brings out every detail -- whether you're watching a 90-inch screen or a 144-inch screen. There were zero soft spots nor were there any hazy or murky images, even in the heavier action scenes when watching movies or live NFL or NBA games on one of the networks. The color balance and tones were excellent throughout, never blurring or bleeding out any colors, no matter the size of the screen. I used the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' disc and tested out some of the heavier action scenes, and the colors were bold and striking throughout with crisp and clear blues and oranges. The dust storm scene looked particularly good and never distorted. I did notice some very minor video noise in the film, but a quick trip to the noise reduction menu completely fixed the issue, making it not an issue at all.
There was also some minor judder here and there, but it's barely noticeable. Black levels were deep and inky and never bled or showed crush, and the flesh tones were always natural, even in heavy lighting. Here, I used the 'Straight Outta Compton' Blu-ray and many of the nighttime scenes looked incredible in both the 90-inch size as well as the 140-inch size. Everything looked well-balanced and saturated here with zero issues.
This particular projector has a very good audio speaker installed, which is a 16-watt mono speaker. Yes, if you turn the volume all the way up, there is a tin-like sound with some distortion, but at normal or even loud volumes, this speaker sounds great and very similar to your flat screen television speaker. When listening to some of the live performances from 'Straight Outta Compton,' the audio sounded robust for a mono speaker. If you want to hook up your own speakers to this projector, there is a stereo audio-out port to achieve a fuller sound.
For you serious video-gamers, there is a lag time here, which is about 85 milliseconds. This may not sound like a lot, but if you're playing 'Halo 5' as I did, or 'Call of Duty,' these milliseconds are crucial to your success in the game. There is a game mode option, which shortened the lag time, but by only 20 milliseconds. Again, this will only be a problem for serious gamers who want to play first person shooter games -- but to everything and anyone else, this won't be an issue.
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 is an excellent projector up and down the board. It just depends on what you're looking for. If you want 4K or 3D in your projector, then this is not the product for you. However, if you have a standard living room with ample home lighting and windows, and want a big screen size for your movie watching, football cheering, and parties, then this projector will be bright and clear enough without any blur, glare, or major issues.
There are more than enough ports to hook up multiple computers, cable systems, and even Blu-ray players, and the internal speaker is strong. The unit fan-noise is rather quiet and set up is extremely easy. If you're not interested in 4K or 3D yet for your standard living room setup, then this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 3LCD projector is Highly Recommended. It can display a crystal clear and bright image even in tons of natural and home lighting, and is an excellent product for any live sporting event, including the upcoming Super Bowl!
Projection System: 3LCD, 3-chip technology
Projection Method: Front / rear / ceiling mount
Driving Method: Epson Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix
Pixel Number: 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1200) x 3
Color Brightness (Color Light Output): 4400 lumens
White Brightness (White Light Output): 4400 lumens
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Native Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)/1080P Support
Resize: 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1280 x 1024, 1400 x 1050
Lamp Type: 280 W UHE
Lamp Life: ECO mode Up to 4,000 hours, Normal mode Up to 3,000 hours
Throw Ratio Range: 1.38 (Zoom: Wide) – 2.28 (Zoom: Tele)
Size (projected distance): 50" - 300" (1.46 - 8.95 m) (Zoom: Wide)
Keystone Correction: Vertical ±30 degrees (Auto), Horizontal ±20 degrees (Slide bar)
Contrast Ratio: Up to 10,000:1
Color Reproduction: Up to 1 billion colors
Type: Optical Zoom (Manual) / Focus (Manual)
F-number: 1.50 – 2
Focal Length: 23 - 38.4 mm
Zoom Ratio: 1 - 1.6
OUTPUT AND POWER:
Display Performance: NTSC: 480 lines, PAL: 576 lines (Depends on observation of the multi-burst pattern)
Input Signal: NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL/M-PAL/N-PAL/PAL60 / SECAM
Computer Compatibility: PC, Mac®
Speaker: 16 W Mono
Operating Temperature: 41° to 95° F (5° to 35° C)
Power Supply Voltage: 100 – 240 VAC ±10% , 50/60 Hz, 2.9 - 1.3A
Fan Noise: 31 dB – 39 dB
Including feet: 14.8" x 11.4" x 4.9"(W x D x H)
Excluding feet: 14.8" x 11.4" x 4.3" (W x D x H)
Weight: 10.2 lb (4.6 kg)