Epson Home Cinema 3010
Epson Home Cinema 3010e
3D 1080p Projector
October 19, 2011
Image quality in 2D. When viewing 2D content, the Home Cinema 3010 produces a bright, clear picture. Dynamic range is sufficient to avoid any crushing in the shadows, while color saturation is rich. Color temperature, even at factory default settings, measures a steady 6000K, and raising the preset temperature by one notch will bring that to 6400K average--and that's without using a meter or making any fine adjustments. Detail is sharp and clear, provided you mount the projector in such a way as to avoid keystone correction. If you must use keystone correction, you're in luck: the 3010's keystone correction is cleaner than that of most other projectors, though there is still some noticeable loss of detail.
3D. The Home Cinema 3010 is Epson's first 3D projector, and they've done a solid job with their first attempt. Notably, the infrared emitter is built-in to the projector itself, so there is nothing to attach, align, or misplace. However, should you require a little extra oomph, the projector features an RJ-45 port on the rear panel that will accept an external emitter. Also noteworthy is that Epson includes two pairs of glasses with the 3010, while other manufacturers typically do not include any glasses.
The Home Cinema 3010's connection panel
WirelessHD on 3010e. The Home Cinema 3010e, for $200 more than the Home Cinema 3010, includes WirelessHD. The WirelessHD system allows you to transmit the full range of HDMI data--that means full 1080p 3D plus sound--across a large room without running any cables. The transmitter does not require line of sight, so those of you with A/V equipment closets are in luck.
The WirelessHD system works by connecting a small gadget to your existing signal source, which could be a Blu-ray player or your A/V receiver. Once you get this plugged in, you power it up and leave it alone. When you start the projector, you can pick "WirelessHD" from the source list, and after a brief period of synchronization you should get an image on screen.
The WirelessHD kit included with the 3010e is rated to work over a distance of 30 feet. We tested the system to a distance of 25 feet, with an interior wall between the transmitter and receiver thrown in for good measure. The system worked flawlessly. The projector is slower to sync over wireless than over HDMI, but we did not notice problems with A/V sync or audio delay using the system. WirelessHD is an exciting feature that we'd like to see appear on more projectors as time goes on. It makes the prospect of a DIY ceiling mount much less daunting, for one thing, since you can simply run power to the projector and transmit all video over HDMI using an A/V receiver and the WirelessHD system.
10W stereo speakers. Further solidifying the 3010's position as an entertainment projector are its dual 10W speakers. Like any small speakers, pushing volume too hard will cause distortion and a tinny character to the sound produced. However, when using the 3010 as a portable entertainment projector, the speakers mean that you won't need to wire up a separate audio system, which makes game day hassle-free--especially if you opt for the 3010e with its WirelessHD system.