Epson 400 Series User Manual

Epson 400 Series User Manual

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  • Page 1 ® ® Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 400 Series Home Theater Projector User’ s Guide...
  • Page 2: Copyright Notice

    Epson product. Epson is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other products. Neither Seiko Epson Corporation nor its affiliates shall be liable to the purchaser of this product or third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses incurred by purchaser or third parties as a result of: accident, misuse, or abuse of this product or unauthorized modifications, repairs, or alterations to this product, or (excluding the U.S.) failure to...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction Projector Parts Projector Control Panel Remote Control Button Map Optional Accessories Registration and Warranty Using This Manual Setting Up the Projector Choosing a Location Installing the Projector Connecting the Cables Making Other Connections Installing Batteries in the Remote Control Turning On the Projector Turning Off the Projector Selecting the Image Source...
  • Page 4 Making Detailed Adjustments Using the Menu System Changing How the Menus Display Adjusting the Picture Quality Input Brightness Settings Sharpness and Picture Quality Settings Color Settings Adjustments Just for Computer Images Saving and Resetting Menu Selections Creating Memory Settings Recalling Memory Settings Deleting Saved Memory Settings Resetting the Projector Customizing Projector Features...
  • Page 5 Solving Remote Control Problems Where To Get Help Specifications General Lamp Remote Control Dimensions Electrical Environmental Safety Compatible Video Formats ESC/VP21 Command Codes Notices Important Safety Information Remote Control Information FCC Compliance Statement Declaration of Conformity Epson America, Inc., Limited Warranty Index Contents...
  • Page 6 Contents...
  • Page 7: Introduction

    Introduction The Epson® PowerLite® Home Cinema 400 Series projector lets you enjoy theater-quality images in the relaxing environment of your own home. Designed especially for home cinema use, it offers these outstanding features: Native 720p (1280 × 720) resolution, 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and up to 1500 ■...
  • Page 8: Projector Parts

    Projector Parts Control panel Ventilation slots Input A port (component) D4/SCART port (used mainly in Japan) Trigger out port Video port S-Video port AC power inlet Introduction Horizontal lens shift dial Adjustable foot Infrared receiver Input B port HDMI port (RGB) Main power switch Control (RS-232C) port...
  • Page 9: Projector Control Panel

    Lamp cover Projector Control Panel Source button Switches the video input source Power light Power button Warning light Keystone correction buttons Correct the shape of a non-rectangular image Mounting bracket connections Menu button Menu navigation Displays the buttons menus Select button Selects menu items or opens the line menu Air filter...
  • Page 10: Remote Control Button Map

    Remote Control Button Map Operation light Lights when you send remote control commands Memory button Recalls custom picture settings Menu button Displays the projector’s menus Menu navigation buttons Source buttons Switch between equipment connected to the projector Gamma button Adjusts the gamma values of the screen display ColorTemp.
  • Page 11: Optional Accessories

    Service. In the unlikely event of an equipment failure, you won’t have to wait for your unit to be repaired. Instead, Epson will ship you a replacement unit anywhere in the United States or Canada, usually via overnight delivery. See your Extra Care Home Service brochure for details.
  • Page 12: Using This Manual

    Notes: Contain important information about your projector. Tips: Contain helpful projection tips. Need additional help? Take advantage of Epson’s automated support services 24 hours a day at Use this site to view FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or product information and e-mail your questions to Epson support.
  • Page 13: Setting Up The Projector

    Setting Up the Projector Follow the instructions in this section to choose a location for the projector, connect the cables, and display an image. Choosing a Location You can install the projector for various viewing setups, as shown below. Center Side Ceiling Setting Up the Projector...
  • Page 14 Ideally, place the projector at a height where its lens is between the top and bottom of the screen. That way, you can keep the projector level and use the vertical lens shift dial to position the image. This produces the best-looking picture.
  • Page 15 To determine the exact image size when you know the projection distance (or the exact projection distance when you know the desired image size), you can use the Projection Distance Calculator. You can download this program from the Epson website at
  • Page 16: Installing The Projector

    Installing the Projector To install the projector, you first need to determine the location, based on the size of your screen (maximum diagonal image size). Use the table on page 15 as a guide to locating the projector. Note the following dimensions: ■...
  • Page 17 You will need the optional projector mount designed for the projector. See page 11 for ordering information. Warning: When installing or adjusting the ceiling mount, do not use adhesives to prevent the screws from loosening and do not use any type of oil or lubricant. These may cause the projector casing to crack and the projector may fall, causing serious injury and serious damage to the projector.
  • Page 18: Connecting The Cables

    Connecting the Cables You can connect the projector to any type of video equipment, such as a VCR, DVD player, digital tuner, cable or satellite box, video game console, camcorder, or digital camera. You can also connect it to a desktop or laptop PC or Apple You can connect up to five pieces of video equipment at the same time, using any of the commercially available cables shown below: Port name...
  • Page 19: Making Other Connections

    For best results, connect your video equipment to the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, if possible. If your equipment doesn’t support HDMI, connect it to one of the following ports (highest quality listed first): Input A (for component video), S-Video, or Video (for composite video).
  • Page 20: Installing Batteries In The Remote Control

    ■ The Trigger out port outputs a 12-volt DC signal when the projector is turned on. This lets a central control system monitor whether the projector is on or off, and can be used to raise or lower your projection screen automatically when the projector is in use.
  • Page 21: Turning On The Projector

    Turning On the Projector 1. If this is your first time using the projector, remove the protective lens pad. 2. Remove the lens cap. 3. Turn on any connected equipment you plan to use. 4. Turn on the power switch on the back of the projector. Power switch 5.
  • Page 22: Turning Off The Projector

    Note: To keep children from turning on the projector, you can use the Child Lock (see page 31). If you’ll be using the projector at an altitude above 4900 feet (1500 meters), turn on High Altitude Mode so the fan can properly cool the projector at the high altitude air pressure. See page 46 for details.
  • Page 23 If you press the button on the projector, Source Source button you see a menu of available sources. Press the u or d button to highlight a source and press the button. Select If you select the Input A source using either the remote control or the menu above, you may see the Input A menu: Press the u or d button to highlight , or select...
  • Page 24: Positioning The Image

    Positioning the Image If the image is not centered on the screen, use the horizontal and vertical lens shift dials to adjust its position. Caution: Do not try to move the lens by hand, or you may damage the projector. Always use the lens shift dials to change the lens position.
  • Page 25: Making Basic Adjustments

    Making Basic Adjustments Follow the instructions in this chapter to make basic adjustments to the image shape, size, and color, and quality. For further refinements, see “Making Detailed Adjustments” on page 33. Correcting the Image Shape If the projected image looks like Note: If the image is shaped like screen and angled toward it.
  • Page 26: Focusing And Zooming

    Focusing and Zooming Sharpen or reduce the focus using the focus ring. Zoom into or out of the picture using the zoom ring. Focus ring Choosing the Aspect Ratio In many cases, video signals are automatically resized to fit on your screen when You may need to change the size of the image (or aspect ratio) for certain image types by pressing the button on the remote control.
  • Page 27 If the setting is unavailable, you may want to choose one of these settings: Auto ■ Normal for standard TV broadcasts, computer images, or images with a 4:3 aspect ratio. ■ Zoom for images recorded in 16:9 (wide-screen) format. 4:3 image using Normal setting ■...
  • Page 28: Choosing The Color Mode

    , or Color Mode setting, the built-in Epson Natural Theatre sRGB button on the remote...
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Gamma, Color Temperature, And Skin Tones

    ■ S. Tone adjusts the color of projected skin tones. The Epson Cinema Filter automatically optimizes this setting, but you can customize it if necessary. Higher numbered settings increase the green tones and lower numbered settings increase the red tones.
  • Page 30: Adjusting The Gamma Setting

    Adjusting the Gamma Setting You can select from 5 gamma settings (2.0 to 2.4) or customize your own setting from your image or a displayed graph. Lower values will increase the contrast of dark areas, but tend to blur the bright areas. Higher values will darken the light areas. 1.
  • Page 31: Locking The Projector

    Locking the Projector The projector includes two lock settings to prevent the image from being accidentally changed once it’s adjusted, and to keep children from turning on the projector without adult supervision. To access the lock settings, follow these steps: 1.
  • Page 32 Making Basic Adjustments...
  • Page 33: Making Detailed Adjustments

    Making Detailed Adjustments You can use the projector’s on-screen menus to make detailed adjustments to the image quality—such as the brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color. You can also change the menu display, sleep mode settings, and other projector features. Using the Menu System You can access the menu system either from the remote control or the buttons on the projector’s control panel.
  • Page 34: Changing How The Menus Display

    To display the line menu, press the of the image: Press the u or d button to highlight an option, then press the Press the button to exit the line menu. Menu You can access the following settings through the line menu while viewing their effects on your display: ■...
  • Page 35: Adjusting The Picture Quality

    ■ Navigation Bar Settings Display Navigation Bar Select whether to display the navigation bar, which tells you which buttons to press to choose settings. ■ Menu Color Settings Display Menu Color Select a color scheme for displaying the menus. Adjusting the Picture Quality Before fine-tuning the image using these adjustments, make sure you have already selected the best Color Mode for your picture and viewing environment, as described on page 28.
  • Page 36 (0 IRE). For compatibility with most DVD and video equipment sold in the United States, leave this setting at 0%. Check your video equipment’s specifications to be sure of the correct setting. ■ EPSON Super White Image Advanced Note: This setting can be used only when the Color Mode is set to Natural, Theatre, or Theatre Black 1 or 2 (see page 28).
  • Page 37: Sharpness And Picture Quality Settings

    If your video equipment has a DVI port and you’ve connected it to the projector using an HDMI/DVI cable, set the level of the projector to match that of the video equipment. When this setting is turned on, the projector disregards the EPSON Super White setting. Sharpness and Picture Quality Settings If the image looks fuzzy, or if it contains noise or flickering, you can use these settings to correct it.
  • Page 38: Color Settings

    Color Settings If the image colors don’t look correct, you can adjust them using these settings. Use the first three settings described below to make the most visible changes. If you only need to make slight adjustments, you can fine-tune the picture with the remaining settings. Most color settings are stored separately for each image source and color mode.
  • Page 39 ■ RGB Picture Color Adjustment Note: If you cannot access the RGB settings, highlight RGB/RGBCMY (the first item in the menu list) and press the Use the RGB settings to fine-tune the color of the image. You can adjust the offset and gain for each signal color (red, green, and blue).
  • Page 40: Adjustments Just For Computer Images

    Adjustments Just for Computer Images In addition to the settings described above, you can adjust the Tracking and Sync settings for analog RGB computer images. Normally, these settings are adjusted automatically by the projector. If you notice that the image is blurry or contains dark vertical bands, you may need to adjust the settings yourself.
  • Page 41: Saving And Resetting Menu Selections

    Saving and Resetting Menu Selections Once you’ve adjusted the picture settings, you can save them as a group using the Memory feature. This lets you easily recall them, and switch from one group of settings to another. If necessary, you can use the projector’s reset options to restore its factory-default settings. You can clear all the settings, or just the settings in a specific menu.
  • Page 42: Deleting Saved Memory Settings

    Deleting Saved Memory Settings You can clear all your memory settings at once. 1. Press the button on the remote control. Menu 2. Open the Memory 3. Press the Select Resetting the Projector If the image quality isn’t what you expect, one or more settings may be adjusted improperly. If necessary, you can restore the projector to its factory-default (original) settings.
  • Page 43: Customizing Projector Features

    Customizing Projector Features Use the settings in this section to adjust the image size and position, suppress on-screen text, and select basic setup options. Image Sizing Before adjusting any of these settings, make sure you have already selected an appropriate aspect ratio for the type of picture you’re viewing (see page 26).
  • Page 44: Screen Options

    Screen Options ■ Message Settings Display Turn this setting off if you want to prevent on-screen messages from appearing (such as the no-signal message, or the identifying text that appears when you switch between image sources or color modes). ■ User’s Logo Settings User’s Logo Lets you display an image of your choice when the projector is warming up, not receiving...
  • Page 45: Other Setup Options

    Other Setup Options ■ Keystone Settings Keystone Adjusts the shape of the image, if the left and right sides are not parallel after tilting the projector up or down at the screen (see page 25). ■ Projection Settings Projection Inverts the image for overhead projection. ■...
  • Page 46: Sleep Mode

    ■ Sleep Mode Settings Operation Turn off this setting if you don’t want the projector to enter sleep mode. (Sleep mode shuts the projector off automatically when there is no video signal.) Select 30 min. 10 min. time conserves power and extends the life of the lamp. To turn the projector back on, press the button on the projector.
  • Page 47: Maintenance

    Maintenance Your projector needs little maintenance. All you need to do on a regular basis is keep the lens clean. You also need to clean the air filter periodically to prevent overheating. Warning: Before you clean any part of the projector, turn it off and unplug the power cord. Never open any cover on the projector, except the lamp and filter covers.
  • Page 48: Cleaning The Projector Case

    If the dirt is difficult to remove or the filter is broken, replace it. Purchase air filter part number V13H134A09 from an authorized Epson reseller. To find the nearest reseller, please call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). To purchase online, visit (U.S. sales) or (Canadian sales).
  • Page 49 6. If you need to replace the filter, release the tab and lift up the cover 7. Remove the old filter and replace it with a new one. 8. To replace the cover, insert the tabs and press down until the cover clicks into place. Maintenance...
  • Page 50: Replacing The Lamp

    Turn off this product when not in use to prolong the life of the projector. Purchase lamp part number V13H010L35 from an authorized Epson reseller. To find the nearest reseller, please call 800-GO-EPSON (800-873-7766). To purchase online, visit (U.S. sales) or (Canadian sales).
  • Page 51 5. Press in the latches securing the lamp cover and lift off the cover. 6. Loosen the two screws securing the lamp (they don’t come all the way out). 7. Grasp the lamp as shown and pull it straight out. Warning: The lamp(s) in this product contain mercury.
  • Page 52: Resetting The Lamp Usage Timer

    8. Gently insert the new lamp and tighten its screws. Caution: Don’t touch the glass portion of the lamp assembly. Touching the glass could result in premature lamp failure. 9. Replace the lamp cover. (The projector won’t work if the lamp cover is open or loose.) 10.
  • Page 53: Checking The Projector Status

    Checking the Projector Status You can use the Info menu to view information about the current display settings and how long the projection lamp has been in use. To access the Info menu: 1. Press the button on the projector or remote control. Menu 2.
  • Page 54: Transporting The Projector

    Transporting the Projector Note: Epson shall not be liable for any damages incurred during transportation. The projector contains many glass and precision parts. When shipping the projector for repairs, use the original packaging material if possible. If you do not have the original packaging, use equivalent materials.
  • Page 55: Problem Solving

    Problem Solving This section explains how to interpret the projector’s status lights, solve problems with the picture and remote control, and contact technical support. What To Do When the Lights Come On or Flash The lights on top of the projector indicate the projector’s status and let you know when a problem occurs.
  • Page 56: Solving Picture Problems

    There is an internal problem. Turn off the power switch on the back of the projector, and unplug it from the electrical outlet. Then contact Epson for assistance (see page 60). , the control panel buttons are disabled; you must use button.
  • Page 57 No picture appears on the screen or you see the ■ Press the button on the projector or one of the Source control to select the correct input source. Allow a few seconds for the projector to sync up after pressing the button. ■...
  • Page 58 4. Click Mirror Displays automatically moves on top of the other. Click here The picture is upside-down or reversed. Change the Projection Only part of the picture is displayed, or the picture is distorted. ■ Press the Aspect ■ If the Aspect is set to top or bottom section of the screen so that subtitles are visible (see page 43).
  • Page 59 The picture contains static or noise. ■ Make sure the Input Signal page 45). ■ If you’re viewing still images and you notice flickering or horizontal lines, turn on the setting (see page 37). Progressive ■ Make sure your cables are securely connected at both ends. ■...
  • Page 60: Solving Remote Control Problems

    To use the Epson PrivateLine Support service, call (800) 637-7661 and enter the PIN on the Epson PrivateLine Support card that came with your projector. This is the fastest way of speaking to a live representative, and it’s free.
  • Page 61: Specifications

    Specifications General Type of display Poly-silicon TFT active matrix Size of LCD panels 0.7 inch (18 mm) wide Lens F=2.1 to 2.8, f=21.4 to 31.7 mm Resolution (native format) 1280 × 720 pixels, 720p Brightness 1500 ANSI lumens maximum Dynamic contrast ratio 5000:1 Image size 30 to 300 inches...
  • Page 62: Dimensions

    Dimensions Height Width Depth Weight Electrical Rated frequency Power supply Power consumption Environmental Temperature Humidity Operating altitude Safety United States Canada Specifications 4.9 inches (124 mm); not including adjustable feet 16 inches (406 mm) 12.2 inches (309 mm) 11.5 lb. (5.2 kg) 50/60 Hz AC 100 to 120 VAC, 2.7 A 200 to 240 VAC, 1.2 A...
  • Page 63: Compatible Video Formats

    Compatible Video Formats The projector supports analog video in NTSC, PAL, and SECAM formats, and it automatically adjusts to the incoming signal. It can receive these formats as composite video, S-video, or component video— which it accepts through the Video, S-Video, and Input A ports, respectively. The projector also supports digital video (SDTV, HDTV) and various monitor display formats.
  • Page 64 Analog RGB Signal (4:3) Normal VGA* 960 × 720 VESA 960 × 720 SVGA 960 × 720 960 × 720 SXGA 960 × 720 WXGA 1280 × 720 MAC13” 960 × 720 MAC16” 960 × 720 MAC19” 960 × 720 SDTV* 480i 960 ×...
  • Page 65: Esc/Vp21 Command Codes

    You can use an AV controller with a 9-pin null modem serial cable to control the projector. You can download the complete ESC/VP 21 Communication Manual for home theater projectors from the Epson website at Following are some of the available codes: Item...
  • Page 66 Item Aspect ratio Specifications Auto Normal Squeeze Zoom Through Squeeze Through Wide Command ASPECT 00 ASPECT 20 ASPECT 21 ASPECT 22 ASPECT 23 ASPECT 24 ASPECT 25...
  • Page 67: Notices

    Notices Important Safety Information Follow these safety instructions when setting up and using the projector: ■ Never look into the projector lens when the lamp is turned on; the bright light can damage your eyes. Never let children look into the lens when it is on. ■...
  • Page 68: Remote Control Information

    ■ The lamp(s) in this product contain mercury. Please consult your state and local regulations regarding disposal or recycling. Do not put in the trash. ■ Allow the lamp to cool for one hour before replacing it. ■ Unplug the projector during lightning storms or when not in use for extended periods. ■...
  • Page 69: Fcc Compliance Statement

    FCC Compliance Statement This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception.
  • Page 70: Declaration Of Conformity

    Declaration of Conformity According to 47CFR, Part 2 and 15 for Class B Personal Computers and Peripherals; and/or CPU Boards and Power Supplies used with Class B Personal Computers: Epson America, Inc. Located at: 3840 Kilroy Airport Way MS 3-13...
  • Page 71: Epson America, Inc., Limited Warranty

    (e.g., filters), other than lamps as provided herein. This warranty is not transferable. Epson is not responsible for warranty service should the Epson label or logo or the rating label or serial number be removed. Epson is not responsible for warranty service should the product fail to be...
  • Page 72 To find the Epson Customer Care Center nearest you, visit You can also call the Epson Connection at (800) 637-7661 + PIN or (562) 276-4394 in the U.S. and (905) 709-3839 in Canada or write to: Epson America, Inc., P.O. Box 93012, Long Beach, CA 90809-3012. Notices...
  • Page 73: Index

    11, 60 Home Service, 11 PrivateLine Support, 60 technical support, 12, 60 warranty, 11, 71 to 72 EPSON Super White setting, 36 ESC/VP21 command codes, 65 FCC Compliance Statement, 69 Filter, see Air filter Flickering, 37, 59 Focus ring, 26...
  • Page 74 Gain, color, 39 Gamma, 29 to 30, 39 Gamma button, 10 HDMI, 7, 18, 19 Help, 60 High Altitude Mode, 46 Home Service, 11 Illumination of buttons, 20 Image adjusting, 25 to 30, 35 to 40 changing aspect ratio, 26 positioning, 24, 43 resizing, 26, 43 selecting source, 22...
  • Page 75 Offset, color, 39 Operation Lock, 31, 46 Output scaling, 43 Pattern button, 10 Pattern, adjustment, 34 Picture problems, 56 to 59 Pixelworks, 62 Positioning image, 24, 43 Positioning projector, 13 to 15 PrivateLine Support, 60 Problems picture, 56 to 59 remote control, 60, 68 Progressive mode setting, 37 Projection distance, 15, 61...
  • Page 76 Technical support, 12, 60 Through setting, 27 Tint, 38 Tracking, 40 Transporting projector, 54 Trigger Out setting, 45 Trigger port, 20 Turning on and off projector, 21 to 22, 56 User’s Logo setting, 44 Video Signal setting, 45 Video, compatible formats, 63 to 64 VP21 codes, 65 Warranty, 11, 71 to 72 Where to Get Help, 60...

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