Setup and Configuration
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
Home Theater Projector Review
November 15, 2013
The Pro Cinema 6030UB is one of the most flexible projectors on the market when it comes to installation and placement, featuring a 2.1:1 manual zoom lens with horizontal and vertical lens shift, both of which have extensive range. This opens up a variety of placement options. The 6030UB includes a ceiling mount as part of the asking price, making a ceiling mount the preferred method of installation for this projector. The extensive zoom and lens shift range make it easy to target a pre-existing screen. Combined with a retractable screen, a ceiling mount can create a "disappearing theater" which may be an advantage if you are installing in a multi-purpose room.
You could also place the projector on a rear shelf to minimize the use of lens shift and achieve the best possible brightness uniformity. The projector can be placed near the rest of your equipment, so you won't need long-run HDMI cables. It is a simple, effective way to position your projector that requires zero time spent on a ladder, though it often requires using the telephoto end of the zoom lens, which can reduce light output by up to 44%.
Table placement is an option as well. The 6030UB can display a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 9' 9", so even mid-sized rooms can accommodate large screen sizes. Placement on or below a table keeps the projector out of the way but accessible, while providing the same cable length benefits as a rear shelf mount.
If you plan to use the 6030UB with an anamorphic lens, it is still relatively easy to calculate throw distance and image size. Since the anamorphic lens only stretches the image horizontally, the projector's image height in 16:9 at a given throw distance will match its image height when using 2.39:1. Simply multiply image height by 2.39 to obtain image width. As an example, the 6030UB displays a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 9' 9" to 20' 10". This image has a height of 49". At the same distance, the equivalent 2.39:1 image has a 127" diagonal and a 117" width.
The Pro Cinema 6030UB's ideal operation mode for home theater is called THX. After calibration, with the lens at its widest angle setting, our test unit produced 695 lumens with the lamp set to full power and 529 lumens at low power. In a darkened theater room, this is enough light for a 120" diagonal 1.3-gain 16:9 screen at full power, or more than enough for a 100" diagonal screen at low power. Larger screen sizes are easily attainable using the 6030UB's Cinema, Natural, or Living Room image modes, or a color-adjusted Dynamic mode.
While the 6030UB is great for home theater on screens of 120" diagonal and above, there is a case to be made for a 100" diagonal screen of about 1.1 gain. In THX mode, even accounting for 20-30% light loss from using the center of the projector's zoom range, the picture is bright and enticing at 100 inches. Then, when switching to 3D, the 6030UB's 3D Dynamic mode is bright enough to give you a 3D picture that actually gets 16 foot-Lamberts to your eyes. This is something that few other home theater projectors can accomplish, and it means you get 2D and 3D pictures of almost equivalent brightness.