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Epson PowerLite Cinema 500 User Manual

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Cinema 500
Home Theater Projector
User' s Guide



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  • Page 1 EPSON ® PowerLite ® Cinema 500 Home Theater Projector User’ s Guide...
  • Page 2: Copyright Notice

    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON product. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other products.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Registration and Warranty Projector Parts Projection Controls Optional Accessories Using This Manual Getting More Information Setting Up the Projector Choosing a Location Connecting the Cables Making Other Connections Installing the Cable Cover Displaying and Adjusting the Image Focusing and Zooming the Image...
  • Page 4 Sharpness and Picture Quality Settings Color Settings Adjustments for Computer Images Saving and Resetting Menu Selections Creating Memory Settings Recalling Memory Settings Resetting the Projector Customizing Projector Features Image Sizing Screen Options Connectivity Other Setup Options Using Cinema Color Editor...
  • Page 5 Maintenance Cleaning the Lens Cleaning the Projector Case Cleaning and Replacing the Air Filter Changing the Remote Control’s Batteries Storing the Projector Transporting the Projector Replacing the Lamp Resetting the Lamp Usage Timer Checking the Projector Status Problem Solving What To Do When the Lights Flash...
  • Page 6 Notices Important Safety Information Remote Control Information FCC Compliance Statement Declaration of Conformity Epson America, Inc., Limited Warranty Index Contents...
  • Page 7: Introduction

    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 8: Projector Parts

    Projector Parts Vertical lens shift knob Control panel Horizontal lens shift knob Lamp cover Lens cover Ventilation slots Infrared receiver Adjustable foot Video port S-Video port HDMI port USB port Network port Input A ports Infrared receiver D4 port (used...
  • Page 9: Projection Controls

    Projection Controls Zoom button Lamp light Power button Temperature light Menu button Displays the projector’s menus Memory button Recalls custom picture settings Menu navigation buttons Menu selection/Line menu Selects menu items or opens Line Menu Blank button Turns off the screen image...
  • Page 10: Optional Accessories

    (includes monitor adapter and desktop adapter) S-video cable You can purchase many of these accessories from your dealer, by calling EPSON at (800) 873-7766, or by visiting the EPSON Store (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
  • Page 11: Using This Manual

    Tips: Contain helpful projection tips. Getting More Information Need additional help? Take advantage of EPSON’s automated support services 24 hours a day at Use this site to download FAQs or product information and e-mail your questions to EPSON support.
  • Page 12 Using This Manual...
  • Page 13: Setting Up The Projector

    Front/Ceiling Front If you install the projector in a rear or overhead position, you’ll need to flip and/or mirror the image by selecting the correct Projection option (see page 19). For overhead projection, you’ll also need to install the optional ceiling mount bracket (see page 10 for ordering information).
  • Page 14 If you place the projector off to the side, aim it straight ahead (rather than at the center of the screen), then use the horizontal lens shift knob to center the image. Do not place the projector farther to the left or right than the edge of the screen, or you will not be able to project a square (or rectangular) image.
  • Page 15: 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...
  • Page 16: Making Other Connections

    Connect the power cable and other cables described below, depending on how you plan to use the projector. Power cable Plug the power cable into the projector and a grounded electrical outlet. The P power light on the projector’s control panel turns orange when the projector is receiving power and is in standby mode.
  • Page 17: Installing The Cable Cover

    Note: If the projector is to be ceiling-mounted, you can change the direction of the EPSON logo plate. Use the eraser-end of a pencil or similar tool to push in on the side of the plate closer to the ventilation slots.
  • Page 18: Displaying And Adjusting The Image

    Displaying and Adjusting the Image Make sure your video or computer equipment is turned on, then turn on the projector as described on page 21. If necessary, select the correct source to display the image (see page 22). Note: If you turn on the connected equipment before starting the projector, the projector automatically detects and displays the image.
  • Page 19: Inverting And Mirroring The Image

    Rear/Ceiling the screen and mounted overhead. Selecting the Input Signal Setting If you’re using the projector’s Input A or Input B port, select the correct setting for the type of equipment you’ve connected to it: 1. Press the button on the remote control.
  • Page 20: Positioning The Image

    If the projected image looks like Note: If the image is shaped like screen and angled toward it. Face the projector straight ahead (instead of at the center of the screen), then use the horizontal lens shift knob to center the image.
  • Page 21: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Make sure the projector is set up as described on page 13, then follow the instructions below to turn it on and display an image. Turning On the Projector 1. Remove the lens cap. 2. Press the button on the remote control, or press the button on the projector.
  • Page 22: Turning The Projector Off

    Caution: Turn the projector off when not in use. Continuous 24-hour-a-day use may reduce its overall life. Never unplug the projector without turning it off and letting it cool as described above, or you could damage it and reduce lamp life.
  • Page 23: Choosing The Aspect Ratio

    Zoom Caption option and other settings to resize and reposition the image to your liking (see page 36). For details on how the projector resizes the picture when you choose an Aspect setting, see page 70. button on...
  • Page 24: Choosing The Color Mode

    Color Mode, the result is the same as selecting Note: You can fine-tune the color and other image quality settings using the projector’s menu system (see page 29) or the Cinema Color Editor software (see page 41). You can also save combinations of picture settings with the Memory feature for easy recall (see page 34).
  • Page 25: Locking The Projector

    Locking the Projector The projector includes various lock settings to prevent the image from being accidentally changed once it’s adjusted, and to keep children from using the projector without adult supervision. To access the lock settings, follow these steps: 1. Press the button on the remote control.
  • Page 26 Locking the Projector...
  • Page 27: Making Adjustments

    Making Adjustments You can use the projector’s on-screen menus to adjust the image quality, such as the brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color. You can also change how the menus display, sleep mode settings, and other projector features. Using the Menu System You can access the menu system either from the remote control or by using the buttons on the projector’s control panel.
  • Page 28: Changing How The Menu Displays

    Changing How the Menu Displays Use these options to control how the menu displays on the screen. Language Setting ! Language Select from nine languages to use in the menu system. Menu Position Setting ! On-Screen Display ! Menu Position Use the arrow buttons to choose a position on the screen for displaying the menu.
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Image Quality

    Brightness and Contrast Settings The Brightness setting controls how much light is produced by the projector lamp, and the other settings listed below control how the projector interprets the light and dark areas of the picture.
  • Page 30 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. Adjusting the Image Quality...
  • Page 31: Sharpness And Picture Quality Settings

    Correlational Deinterlacing) for video-sourced images. For film-sourced images, the projector uses 3-2 pulldown detection and optimizes the image accordingly. You can adjust the projector’s sensitivity to still or moving images using the Motion Detection setting, described below. If you notice the projected image switching between film and video mode, change the setting to .
  • Page 32: Color Settings

    If you only need to make slight adjustments, you can fine-tune the picture with the remaining settings. Note: You can also make color adjustments by attaching a PC or laptop to the projector and using the Cinema Color Editor software. See page 41.
  • Page 33: Adjustments 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 34: Saving And Resetting Menu Selections

    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 35: Resetting The Projector

    Image menu: Open the Image menu . . . You can also reset the lamp usage timer, clear the memory settings, or restore all the projector settings to their original values. Follow these steps: 1. Press the button on the remote control.
  • Page 36: 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 23).
  • Page 37: Screen Options

    Lets you display an image of your choice when the projector is warming up, not receiving a signal, or when you press the To capture the image, first set the projector to display the image you want to use. Then select and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Page 38: Connectivity

    Network Monitoring Setting ! Operation ! Network Monitoring If you’ve connected the projector to a network and you want to be able to turn it on remotely using Cinema Color Editor, switch this setting to conserve power when the projector is in standby mode.
  • Page 39 You can use this to raise or lower your projection screen. Sleep Mode Setting ! Operation ! Sleep Mode 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 , or as the length of time before shutoff;...
  • Page 40 Customizing Projector Features...
  • Page 41: Using Cinema Color Editor

    Using Cinema Color Editor You can use the Cinema Color Editor software that came with your projector to adjust each color in the picture individually. You can also use the software in place of the remote control to operate the projector, switch image sources, adjust the picture’s aspect ratio, or change image quality settings.
  • Page 42: Installing The Software

    Installing the Software Follow these steps to install the software: 1. Insert the Cinema Color Editor CD-ROM in your computer. 2. Turn off any anti-virus software that may be running, then click 3. Read the license agreement and click You see this screen: 4.
  • Page 43: Connecting With A Serial Or Usb Cable

    Note: You can use any standard (commercially available) USB or serial cable. 2. Turn on the projector. 3. Make sure the projector’s COM Port setting is correct for the type of cable you’re using (see page 38). Select either cable).
  • Page 44: Connecting With A Network Cable

    Use as the subnet mask. When done entering an address, press the 6. If you want to be able to turn on the projector from Cinema Color Editor, enable Network Monitoring 7. Turn the projector off and back on so the new settings take effect.
  • Page 45: Using Cinema Color Editor

    Using Cinema Color Editor To start Cinema Color Editor, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the projector is connected and turned on, as described on the previous pages. 2. Windows: Click Start Programs Macintosh: From the Applications folder on your hard drive, open the...
  • Page 46: Remote Control Operations

    Caution: Do not use the remote control or projector buttons to operate the projector while Cinema Color Editor is in use. If a problem occurs, select Update to Latest Status from the Projector menu in Cinema Color Editor.
  • Page 47: Adjusting The Picture Quality

    Adjusting the Picture Quality You can use Cinema Color Editor in place of the projector’s menu system to adjust the image. 1. Click the Picture Quality First, select Picture Quality Then click one of these buttons to access additional settings 2.
  • Page 48: Adjusting The Color

    Adjusting the Color You can use the settings described below to fine-tune the color of the image. 1. Select Picture Quality 1. Select Picture Quality 2. Click here 2. Select the desired 3. Do one of the following: ■ To adjust the intensity of each signal color, click button to its right.
  • Page 49: Saving And Recalling Picture Settings

    1. Select an unused memory name 2. Click Register Note: If you’ve made changes to the projector’s RGBCMY settings, your settings are saved in the projector’s Advance memory area; otherwise they’re saved under Standard. and choose Memory management...
  • Page 50 To use a memory setting you’ve saved on the projector: Access the projector’s memory settings either from the remote control (see page 34) or by using Cinema Color Editor as follows: 1. Select Picture Quality 1. Select Picture Quality 2. Click Memory management 2.
  • Page 51: Managing Your Settings

    Managing Your Settings In addition to your projector’s memory settings, you can store any number of additional settings on your computer’s hard drive. You can also use Cinema Color Editor to rename or delete memory settings stored on your projector.
  • Page 52 Using Cinema Color Editor...
  • Page 53: 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.
  • Page 54: Cleaning And Replacing The Air Filter

    Cleaning and Replacing the Air Filter Clean the air filter on the bottom of the projector after every 100 hours of use. If it’s not cleaned periodically, it can become clogged with dust, preventing proper ventilation. This can cause overheating and damage the projector.
  • Page 55: Changing The Remote Control's Batteries

    Make sure the temperature and humidity of the storage area are within the recommended range for the projector (14 to 140 °F [-10 to 60 °C] and 10 to 90% relative humidity). Attach the lens cover and retract the feet.
  • Page 56: Transporting The Projector

    Note: Lamp life results will vary depending on mode selected, environmental conditions, and usage. Contact your dealer or call EPSON at (800) 873-7766 in the United States for a replacement lamp. Request part number Be sure to read the “Important Safety Information” on page 73 before replacing the lamp.
  • Page 57 Follow these steps to replace the lamp: 1. Turn off the projector and wait for the P power light to stop flashing. 2. Unplug the power cord and any cables. 3. If the projector has been on, let it cool for about an hour.
  • Page 58: Resetting The Lamp Usage Timer

    8. Replace the cover and tighten its screws. (The projector won’t work if the lamp cover is open or loose.) 9. Reset the lamp usage timer, as described in the next section. Resetting the Lamp Usage Timer After replacing the lamp, follow these steps to reset the lamp usage timer: 1.
  • Page 59: Problem Solving

    The lamp is cooling down. Wait until the light stops flashing, then press the button. Power The P power light does not come on. Make sure the power cord is connected securely both at the power outlet and the projector.
  • Page 60: Solving Picture Problems

    The projector is too hot, which turns off the lamp automatically. Let it cool for five minutes, then turn it back on. Make sure there is plenty of space around and under the projector for ventilation. Also, clean or replace the filter if necessary (see page 54).
  • Page 61 Check that the P power light is green, not flashing, and the lens cover is off. The projector may be in standby (or sleep) mode. If the P power light is orange, press the button to turn the projector back on.
  • Page 62 Monitor Simulscan resolution from the box. (Allow a few Resolution seconds for the projector to sync up.) The picture is upside-down or reversed. Change the Projection Only part of the picture is displayed, or the picture is distorted.
  • Page 63 Note: You won’t have to use the Keystone function to correct the image, as long as you place the projector level (not angled up or down) and at a height between the top and bottom of the screen. Then use the vertical lens shift knob to position the image. This produces the best-looking picture.
  • Page 64: Solving Remote Control Problems

    30° in any direction. You may need to replace the remote control’s batteries (see page 55). Dim the room lights and turn off any fluorescent lights. Make sure the projector is not in direct sunlight.
  • Page 65: Where To Get Help

    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. This service is available 6 Time, Monday through Friday, for the duration of your warranty period.
  • Page 66 Where To Get Help...
  • Page 67: 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 4.3, f=21.4 to 31.7 mm Resolution (native format) 1280 × 720 pixels, 720p Brightness 1000 ANSI lumens maximum (Dynamic/Living Room color mode) Contrast ratio 1200:1 Image size...
  • Page 68: Dimensions

    Operating: 20 to 80% RH, non-condensing Storage: 10 to 90% RH, non-condensing FCC 47CFR Part 15B Class B (DoC) UL1950 Rev. 3 ICES-003 Class B CSA C22.2 No. 950-95 (cUL) Directive 89/336/EEC EN 55022, EN 55024 Pixelworks DNX ICs are used in this projector.
  • Page 69: 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/B ports, respectively.
  • Page 70: Image Size And Aspect Ratio Settings

    720p signal Note: Using the Output Scaling function, you can set the projector to display both the hidden and visible parts of the image. You can also use the Position and Zoom Caption options to view the picture’s hidden edges (see page 36).
  • Page 71 Digital component video Signal Format name Normal SDTV 480i 960 720 (4:3) 480p 960 720 575i 960 720 575p 960 720 HDTV 720p 1280 720 (16:9) 1080i 1280 720 Digital RGB video Signal Format name Normal SDTV 480i 960 720 (4:3) 480p 960 720...
  • Page 72 Specifications...
  • Page 73: Notices

  • Page 74: Remote Control Information

    Don’t place the projector where the cord can be walked on. This may result in fraying or damage to the plug. Unplug the projector from the wall outlet before cleaning. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
  • Page 75: 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 76: Declaration Of Conformity

    Possessions). Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect. You are responsible for securely packaging the defective unit and returning it to EPSON within five (5) working days of receipt of the replacement. EPSON requires a debit or credit card number to secure the cost of the replacement projector in the event that you fail to return the defective one.
  • Page 77 EPSON is not responsible for warranty service should the EPSON label or logo or the rating label or serial number be removed or should the product fail to be properly maintained or fail to function...
  • Page 78 Epson America, Inc., Limited Warranty...
  • Page 79: Index

    10, 65 Home Service, 7 PrivateLine Support, 65 technical support, 11, 65 warranty, 7, 76 to 77 EPSON Super White setting, 30 Faroudja, 7 FCC Compliance Statement, 75 Feet, adjustable, 20 Filter, see Air filter Flesh Tone setting, 32...
  • Page 80 58 safety instructions, 73 to 74 specifications, 67 Language setting, 28 Lens shift knobs, 20 Lens, cleaning, 53 Lights, projector, 59 to 60 Line menu, 9, 29, 32 Lock Kensington, 8, 10 settings, 25 Macintosh desktop adapter, 10...
  • Page 81 Output scaling, 36, 70 Pattern, adjustment, 18, 29 Picture problems, 60 to 64 Pixelworks, 7, 68 Positioning image, 20, 36, 70 Positioning projector, 13 to 14 Problems picture, 60 to 64 remote control, 64, 74 Progressive mode setting, 31 Projection distance, 14, 67...
  • Page 82 Tint, 32 Tracking, 33 Transporting projector, 56 Trigger Out setting, 39 Trigger port, 17 Turning on and off projector, 21 to 22, 60 USB cable, 38, 43 User’s Logo setting, 37 Video, compatible formats, 69 Warranty, 7, 76 to 77...

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