Epson Home Cinema 2045 Review

Epson has been creating solid hitters for the past few years. They have been churning out steady workhorses to satisfy your entertainment needs. One of the latest Epson projectors to hit the shelves is the Epson Home Cinema 2045. Discussed below are the specifications, qualities, pros and cons.

image showing the front of the 2045


  • This projectors comes with Epson’s 2- year warranty
  • The brightness for the Epson Home Cinema 2045 is rated at 2,200 lumens
  • The color light output is also rated at 2,200 lumens
  • This projector has Auto Iris
  • The native resolution is 1920 by 1080
  • The contrast ratio is rated at 16:9 in High Definition (HD)
  • The Epson Home Cinema 2045 supports 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p, 480p and 480i in video modes
  • This projector supports 3D (Full HD 3D)
  • The total wattage for this device is rated at 307 watts
  • The voltage, on the other hand, ranges from 100 volts to 240 volts
  • The Epson Home Cinema 2045 weighs around 6.9 pounds
  • The lamp inside this device will last an estimated 4,000 hours
  • The lamp life could be increased up to 7,500 hours if the eco-mode is turned on
  • There is only one lamp inside the chassis of said device
  • The lamp wattage is rated at 200 watts
  • The lamp type is UHE
  • The display type being used by the Epson Home Cinema 2045 is of the 3 LCD variant
  • Focusing of the lens needs manual operation
  • The Epson Home Cinema 2045 can project an image from 3.6 feet to 29.5 feet
  • The image size that can be projected ranges from 33.7 to 332.9 inches
  • The Epson Home Cinema 2045 generates background noise that can amount to 37 decibels
  • This can be toned down to 29 decibels of the eco-mode is activated
  • Inside the chassis is the 5.0 W Mono speaker
  • The digital keystone is both horizontal and vertical
  • The Epson Home Cinema 2045 has frame interpolation
  • This device also supports devices that have MHL
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LCD’s used to be the kings of personal entertainment while projectors languished as a second rate option for those who want to watch entertaining movies and the like. However, this has been overturned by recent developments in projector technology. Projectors, such as the Epson Home Cinema 2045,  has continued the march.

Like most Epson products, the Epson Home Cinema 2045 is a quality product. It’s one of the projectors that are suited in rooms where light is nil. Most projectors that have a low light input are usually the high quality ones, for this kind of projectors focus more in color accuracy and quality. Cheaper projectors are usually light but color accuracy and entertainment value is usually found wanting. The Epson Home Cinema 2045,  implied above, is of the latter.

image showing the back of the 2045

Creative Frame Interpolation

The guys at Epson saw fit to include one crucial feature for the Epson Home Cinema 2045. The name of the feature is “Creative Frame Interpolation”. Basically, Creative Frame Interpolation would  smoothen out frames by altering frames that are not fast enough for our eyes. The results, as implied, would smoothen the overall pace of the frames and would give us a better viewing experience. The only downside for this feature is that movies would usually exhibit the “Soap Opera Effect”.

This tells you that the Creative Frame Interpolation is not for moves. However, the Creative Frame Interpolation is very useful for those who want to watch sports via projector, as the fast paced motion in said sports could benefit from the smoothing effect that the “Creative Frame Interpolation” has.

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Wireless Galore

Wires are still essential today, especially for projectors. However, the past years have given birth to “wireless” technology. Maybe in a few years we can do away completely with wires. The Epson Home Cinema 2045 is imbued with this kind of technology by way of Mobile High Definition or MHL.  

With MHL, you can stream directly from any of the devices compatible with said technology. Some even offer the ability to stream directly from the internet. For example, just plug in a Roku stick to the projector and stream movies and series alike from Netflix and other services.

showing a high definition image of the home theater

The Epson Home Cinema 2045 also has Miracast which is another wireless technology. Basically, it lets you share the image being displayed on devices with screens (e.g. laptops and smartphones) on to the projector were it will be broadcasted on a bigger screen.

Gamers would also love this ability, as streaming their gaming experiences on a bigger screen is always a plus. Although, gamers would have to contend with input lag that is inherent in most projectors. Another great option for gaming is the Epson Pro Cinema Series

Visual Magic

The Epson Home Cinema 2045 is full of features that enhances the viewing experience for anyone who chooses said device. The Epson Home Cinema 2045 has Auto Iris. This means that the blacks produced by this projector would be of high quality. With better black color production, the images would look sharper and the images would be delineated better.

Epson also saw fit to give this projector some detail enhancement controls. Basically, this means that images projected can avail to better sharpness and details if this feature is activated.

Lastly, the 3D feature is also available here. 3D technology has exploded for the past few years and Epson is not one to be left behind by trends. By putting 3D technology, Epson has future proofed the Epson Home Cinema 2045 for the near foreseeable future. Of course, you will have to be mindful of the usual caveats of 3D technology and you also have to buy a set of 3D glasses to exploit it.

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  • Epson’s credible 2 year warranty is always a plus
  • Creative Frame Interpolation is a boon for users who like to watch sports in a big screen
  • The multitude of wireless options is useful for those who do not want the clutter that wires usually cause.
  • The features that enhances the viewing experience complement each other well for the benefit of the viewers
  • Built in speakers and amps means you can do away with speakers if you are in a hurry
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  • Being a projector that needs total darkness to perform, you might find the Epson Home Cinema 2045 less versatile
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Steve Scott

My name is Steve Scott. Father of 2 and owner of Outdoor Movie HQ. I’ve been involved in the A/V industry for most of my life and built this blog to help people better understand projector technology. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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