Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review


Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review Highlights

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For 2014, Epson has refreshed all their Home Cinema projectors with incremental performance upgrades. Contrast is greater and black levels are lower thanks to tweaks in the 3-chip D9 LCD light engine. The tremendous light output in both 2D and 3D makes the 5030UBe one of the brightest sub-$3000 projectors I've ever tested. There are THX modes for both 2D and 3D that offer decent accuracy out of the box and are fully adjustable so users can achieve perfect color with little effort. Also returning is the extremely handy wireless HDMI transmitter which allows connection of up to five additional sources. For 3D fans, two pairs of RF-type glasses are included. Read here for more of Secrets' Projector Reviews.

Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Highlights Summary

  • • Almost 50 footLamberts of output available if you wish to watch with some ambient light
  • • Decent out-of-box accuracy in THX and Natural modes
  • • Excellent calibration results in THX mode
  • • Conforms to the newer BT.1886 gamma specification
  • • MHL-compatible HDMI input for connection to smartphones and tablets
  • • Super-responsive remote
  • • Wide zoom range and lens shift makes for easy and flexible installation
  • • Lower black levels than last year
  • • Auto-iris does not impact gamma performance

Introduction to the Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review

With flat-panel prices at historic lows, many people are opting for the inexpensive solution and outfitting their home theaters with a TV rather than a projector. But there is still no substitute for the big-screen experience. When the image tops 100 inches diagonal and you can sit 10 or 12 feet away, it truly exceeds the immersion factor found in most commercial cinemas.


  • Design: 3-chip D9 LCD Projector
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • 3D formats: Frame-Packing, Side-by-Sside, Top-Bottom
  • 2D-3D Conversion: Yes
  • Throw Ratio: 1.34 – 2.87
  • Lens Shift: 96% Vertical, 47% Horizontal
  • Light Output: 2400 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 600,000:1
  • Iris Control: 2-speed Auto
  • Image Size: 30" – 300"
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI 1.4a (1 MHL), 1 x Component, 1 x Composite, 1 VGA
  • Wireless Inputs: 5 HDMI
  • Control: 1 RS-232, 1 12V Trigger Out
  • Lamp power: 230 watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 5,000 (Eco) / 4,000 Hours (Normal)
  • Dimensions: 5.5" H x 18.4" W x 15.6" D
  • Weight: 18.9 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2899.99 or $2599.99 w/o WirelessHD
  • 3D Glasses: 2 Pairs Included
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Front projection does take some commitment and a bit of cash but there are several high-performing models out there that don't cost much more than a decent HDTV. The largest panels are at the 80-inch mark and will set you back $3000 or more. For the same money, you can buy a decent projector and screen. Choose a room you can make dark and you'll have movie nights that are far better than anything you'll experience at the Giga-plex and you can make your own popcorn!

Epson has owned the sub-$3000 projector market for many years mainly because they do not rest on their laurels. Every time I attend CEDIA, they have a completely refreshed line with improvements in contrast, color accuracy, and convenience. Last year I reviewed the 5020UBe, and found it to be a terrific value. Today I'm checking out the latest THX-certified 5030UBe. The "e" means you get a wireless HDMI transmitter that supports up to five sources and a cable-free link to the projector. If you want to save $300, go for the 5030UB that is identical in every other way. Let's take a look.

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