Review Contents
Setup and Configuration
Editor's Choice
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Home Theater
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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$3,499
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:600,000:1
Lumens:2400
Weight: 18.4 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:2.1x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$299.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI (x2), RS232, 12Volt Out
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576p

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
Home Theater Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, November 15, 2013

Setup and Configuration

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.

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Reader Comments(15 comments)

Posted Sep 5, 2014 8:39:07 PM

By Aussie Bob II

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Re. your comments on anamorphic lenses.

Only prism-based lenses ike the Cinevista have fixed focus. Cylindrical lenses are all focusable.

Secondly, color aberration is non-existent in a good cylindrical lens. The Cinevista is, as you say, the entry level lens from Panamorph. It has no color aberration correction.

A good cylindrical lens like a Xeit (which my company makes) or a Schneider have none of the color, focus or sharpness problems you mentioned as being part of the CineVista "experience".

Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:22:03 PM

By dave

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can I make the 6030 ub wireless hdmi? aftermarket?

Posted Jul 15, 2014 5:47:01 PM

By Steve

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I am considering using the Epson 6030UB with a 108" Black Diamond Zero Edge screen with a 0.8 gain. The projector will be placed in the ceiling about 19 to 20 feet from the screen in a media room without any light. Is this a good combination? Thank you for your assistance.

Posted Apr 7, 2014 12:38:40 AM

By Iftikhar Awan

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Why not a projector with a built-in anamorphic lens? I mean a separate model for 2.39:1 aspect ratio movies.

Posted Feb 8, 2014 8:27:25 AM

By Mike

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Will this projector do 1080P/24?

I don't see it anywhere in its specs.

Thanks.

Posted Jan 23, 2014 12:47:02 AM

By Greg

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What are the mounting requirements for the Epson 6030? Is it top of screen and center, or is it recommended to be mounted bellow the top of the screen? I know we can always keystone a projector and lens shift. But it's my understanding for the best image we should mount the projector correctly. And when done so we won't need to using the keystone and lens shift etc. Looking at their site, I get the impression that the projector should be mounted about 1/4 the way down bellow top of the screen. To me that's a little disappointing. I'd like to have it ceiling mounted, and yet still work well with a 2.39:1 lens. But worry it won't work it's best without pincushioning etc if the protected isn't mounted in the best position. Which means it's pretty low compared to the audience. Was this your finding with your testing?

Thanks for any feedback

Greg

Posted Dec 11, 2013 7:03:39 PM

By Munster

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Bill, I have a question regarding the saving of different RGB settings for each color mode. As you state, changing the RGB for one Color Modem, changes all of them. How do you save it to emory? I have tried and it still replaces whatever was there with the latest adjustment. Thanks

Posted Nov 26, 2013 4:43:27 PM

By Ryan

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I saw a projector calculator for this projector and it said the throw distance could go up to 23' back w/ a 110" 16.9 screen. Will I still get a great picture if I mount it in the back of my room at 22 feet? I've heard yes but I might lose brightness but could gain crispness in picture quality. I just want to make sure it's OK to mount it that far back w/out losing quality?

Also if I did have a 2.35 screen will the anamorphic mode on this new projector allow HDTV/Sports to show in full screen mode on a 2.35 screen? If it does, will it still be a great picture or do you lose quality when it's expanded? Thanks

Posted Nov 21, 2013 2:24:27 PM

By Zee

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One interesting thing about the anamorphic lens with a slide - if the more expensive lens and slide mechanism costs more than a projector and a fixed lens, why not simply mount two projectors - one with a fixed lens for 2.35, and one without a lens for 16/9?

Posted Nov 20, 2013 5:49:59 PM

By Romel

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Bill,

Thanks for providing some clarity on this subject; It's very much appreciated. Its nice to know that we have sites like PC that can set the record straight.

Posted Nov 20, 2013 7:59:41 AM

By Sanjay Shanbhag

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How does this compare, in your opinion, to the: DLA-RS4810U

with respect to black levels, colour quality, etc.

We were suggested to the JVC...we've tested it with our ps3 and we didn't notice lag on it. movies looked good. Black levels seemed nice. Our room when we get a projector isn't very dark. At night, it gets dark but the walls are lightly coloured.

Thoughts?

Regards,

Sanjay

Posted Nov 18, 2013 12:02:10 PM

By Bill Livolsi

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Patrick - Yes, the Epson 6030UB is much better than the Mitsubishi HC3200. You will see a large difference in picture quality.

Romel - That's what I thought, as well, but the folks at Epson say that's not the case.

From a user standpoint, the menu systems of the 5030UB and 6030UB are identical, so any such controls would be in a service menu or passcode-protected and only accessible to ISF certified technicians. That's not terribly unusual in projectors, so I asked for instructions on how to access the ISF menu and I was informed that there isn't one. There are no additional calibration control systems on the 6030UB.

Tony - You're right, I misspoke. I made the same mistake in the 5030UB review and I've now corrected both. Thanks for the heads-up.

The loss of clarity is intentional; Epson is aware of it and does not consider it a flaw in the projector. I'm not sure from your question what you want me to contact Panasonic about, so I suspect the Typo Bug bit you, too. ;)

Posted Nov 18, 2013 7:51:15 AM

By Tony

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I think this is a mistake: "The end result is that the 6030UB is faster in "Fine" mode but slower in other modes than the 5020UB was last year. Since gamers who care about input lag are unlikely to use anything but the fastest setting available, this comes out as a win for the new model. "

According to your results, the 6030IB is faster in "FAST" mode but slower in "FINE" mode than the 5020UB.

The only think holding me back from this projector is the reduced clarity in fast mode (yes it matters to me even if it's only noticeable on text in games). Is there any way you guys can contact Panasonic and see if there will be a fix for this issue? Thanks

Posted Nov 18, 2013 7:10:22 AM

By Romel

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Bill, Evan,

I was informed that the Epson 6030 has ISF calibration settings that the 5030 does not have, which allows the 6030 to be calibrated in a way to produce a better picture than the 5030.

My question is does the ISF setting used by authorized calibration technicians allow the 6030 to produce a better picture than the 5030 or does these settings allow the 6030 to simply be calibrate quicker and more easily? I have yet read anything stating the 6030 can produce achieve a better calibrated picture than the 5030. I think I asked this question before but don't remember gettng an answer. Thanks in advance for providing info on this subject.

Posted Nov 17, 2013 9:31:54 AM

By patrick

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hello j'ai actuellement un Mitsubishi hc 3200 dans un salon non dédié. Ecran de Projection 16/9 Lumene Embassy II 240C 132 x 234 cm.j'utilise PS3/4 +pc gamer hd 60% je regarde quelques blu-ray 30% l'Epson 6030UB est-il nettement meilleur? cordialement

patrick ....................................................... Hello: I have at present Mitsubishi hc 3200 in a not dedicated lounge(show). Projection screen 16/9 Lumene Embassy II 240C 132 x 234 cm.j' uses PS3 / 4 pc gamer hd 60 % I look some at Blu-ray 30 % Epson 6030UB is it clearly better? Cordially

Patrick

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