Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
Home Theater Projector Review
November 15, 2013
Manual lens controls. The 6030UB has great placement flexibility thanks to its 2.1:1 zoom lens and H/V lens shift. However, all of the projector's lens adjustments are manually operated rather than powered. This can make it more difficult to initially adjust the projector's focus, since adjustments must be made from the projector itself. When a projector has powered focus, you can make your adjustments while standing near the screen, making it easier to see what you're doing.
Grayscale adjustments shared. The 6030UB's RGB Gain/Bias adjustments are shared between image modes. In other words, if you adjust grayscale tracking in Cinema mode and then switch to Living Room mode, the RGB Gain/Bias controls will still be set to the values you added in Cinema. If you want to save independent calibrations for each mode, you'll have to use the projector's Memory settings. Luckily, there are ten of them. This restriction does not apply to the RGBCMY gamut controls, which are saved independently for each image preset.
Anamorphic restrictions. There are lots of advantages to using an anamorphic lens with the 6030UB, but using such a lens imposes its own set of restrictions as well. Most anamorphic lenses have a preferred throw distance, typically around sixteen feet, which yields peak image performance. Anamorphic lenses also make it more difficult to take advantage of the projector's impressive zoom lens and throw distance, since projecting an image that is too large for the lens can lead to pincushion or barrel distortion as well as chromatic aberration. In other words, while the Pro Cinema 6030UB can be set up to use an anamorphic lens perfectly, doing so drastically reduces your options for placement and installation. This isn't necessarily a limitation of the projector itself, but we mention it here so that readers considering such a setup are aware of the added requirements.