Coming Soon – BenQ HT1075 vs. Epson Home Cinema 2040 Comparison

A lot of you should find the forthcoming home projector comparison to be  interesting. In one corner, we’re going to talk about BenQ’s HT1075, a fine single chip DLP projector, and the successor to BenQ’s popular W1070.  It was launched over a year ago.  We reviewed it last October (2014). Interestingly, it is my understanding that the HT1075 is sold in the EU as the W1070+.   In the US, the W1070 remains in the lineup along with the HT1075, but it would seem primarily on the strength of the W1070’s reputation, that they keep it around, even if the HT1075 is slightly improved.  Officially the HT1075 is $1199 in the US, but sells for less than $1000. HT1075_beauty Taking on this popular projector that has a street price under $900 projector, is the latest price competitive entry from Epson.  Epson announced two versions, the Home Cinema 2040 and the 2045.  The 2045 offers built in Miracast wireless technology, which the HT1075 lacks.  Both Epsons and the BenQ offer MHL. I’ll be comparing the BenQ to the HC2040, since in that regard, the feature sets are the more similar, but that gives the Epson about a $50-$100 price advantage based on a published “street price” of $749. Both the BenQ and the Epson projectors claim 2200 white lumens, but different color lumen counts.  We’ll save those differences, and what it means for the comparison. Epson Home Cinema 2040_LEFT ANGLE

Picture Quality

The images above were taken using the BenQ HT1075.  They were taken after the projector was calibrated.  Only the football image was taken in a brighter, non-calibrated mode, and with modest ambient light in the room.

The images here were taken with the Epson Home Cinema 2040/2045.  These were taken shortly after the projector arrived.  They are not calibrated.  The first three are using Epson’s Cinema mode, while the football image (taken with modest ambient light present) was taken using Bright Cinema mode.

Note that all of the Epson images first put up as this publishes, are HDTV which won’t look as sharp (1080i) as movie images (1080p).  I’ll replace some with the usual movie shots when they are taken.  Obviously the last of the HT1075 images is also HDTV.

Performance and More

The comparison of these two projectors will also talk performance and feature sets, including brightness, image processing, gaming speed, and discuss which projector would serve best in most non-home theater environments such as living rooms, media rooms and family rooms.  It will also consider which projector might be better in a dedicated theater, with dark surfaces and a good quality screen.

Considering both projectors will be a bit different in strengths and features, even if we deem them overall to be of similar value…be assured, one will likely make more sense than the other, for your home, (and family?)  We’ll help you decide.

Look for the comparison to publish by Labor Day weekend.

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