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Street Price: $2,499
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:120,000:1
Lumens:2000
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 4030
Home Theater Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, December 5, 2013

Conclusion

By objective standards, the Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 is an excellent projector. It performs exactly as advertised. Its major features work wonderfully. We did not encounter a single glitch or hiccup in the projector's operation. If you are looking for a home theater projector being sold by professionals who can help you plan your theater and install your system, the 4030 is a solid choice for a modest price. People who sell the Epson 4030 provide a variety of services including matching the best screens, installing and ceiling mounting your components, and making sure the entire system is well-integrated and working to your satisfaction.

If you are a do-it-yourself type, the Pro Cinema 4030 is not your best choice for $2500. Rather, the higher performance Epson Home Cinema 5030UB for about the same price will give you more refined picture quality. What you don't get for the base price is the extra lamp, the ceiling mount, the cable cover, the third year of warranty, and someone to help you install it. But if you need or want one or more of these items, they can be purchased individually.

Essentially, the 4030's basic value proposition is this: it is the least expensive home theater projector on the market that is offered by professional custom home theater installers who can design and install your entire system, soup to nuts. If you want that level of design and installation assistance and a solid performing home theater projector to boot, the Pro Cinema 4030 is it.

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Reader Comments(7 comments)

Posted Sep 4, 2014 6:56:17 AM

By Sam

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I am also looking for the European names, specifically for the Epson Powerlite 730. Please let me know if you have found this information!

Posted Feb 12, 2014 1:05:38 PM

By Glenn

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Tim,

Good info. One question: I've got a Panasonic PT-AR100U that's out of warranty and gone bad (my fault, overheated due to dirty filter). If not economically repairable (prob not), I was looking to switch to the 25-LV. Saw the weight difference (19 for the Panny and 6 for the Optoma) - I know there's a difference in technology (LCD vs DLP), but does the low weight indicate a potential loss or increase in reliability, or no impact in your mind?

Posted Jan 9, 2014 10:35:03 AM

By Maarten

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@ H. Nielsen

The 4030 is the EH-TW7200 in Europe.

The 6030 is the EH-TW9200 in Europe.

Posted Jan 8, 2014 6:25:37 AM

By Peter zhang

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Greetings !

I am looking for a projector like football as 2014 World Cup is coming. Wish to watch the MATCH through a footbal projector. Do you have it ? or can you offer other device? Thanks.

Please reply me as soon as possible.

Best Regards Peter zhang

Posted Jan 7, 2014 2:04:27 AM

By H.Nielsen

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Epson uses different model names in EU. I can’t find a table that give me the US/EU naming. Could you give info on the corresponding EU model names?

Posted Dec 12, 2013 7:17:19 AM

By Chris S.

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Bill does the 4030 have a stretch mode for an anamorphic lens? I would think that would be the only draw to this over the 5030? It would give you the option of a CIH 2.4 setup and the cost difference of the 6030 would let you get a panamorph lens and the 4030 for the cost of the 6030 alone. On another note when can we get a review of the Optoma HD131Xe (or the HD25e since they are basically the same)? maybe a shootout with the BenQ W1070? :) I bet either or both of those would get a lot of traffic!

As always, thanks for the great reviews.

Posted Dec 6, 2013 11:16:24 AM

By Tim444

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Bill,

Great review. I honestly think this projector is ideal for installers who want to offer a sub $3K projector for people that includes an excellent mount and extra bulb. As a whole that, along with a solid three year warranty, is IMHO, ideal for people who hire an installer but don't want to spend $5K+.

For me, I am sure I would opt for the 5030UB or any brand. Light output seems low for 3D for a larger screen, and you simply get more performance for the money with the 5030B or even the Panny 80000.

That said, this projector is not really aimed at me and I do give Epson kudos for having more options for installers. This projector seems like a solid value, but I am amazed at how fast the DLP market has dropped for good 3D projectors that are light cannons as well. The Optoma 131Xe for instance, can be had for $725 right now and their 25-LV can be had for around $1K. BenQ also has some terrific entry level projectors for under $1K. I wish Epson would offer this performance (4030) for the non-install market for around MSRP $1800 or so. I find the 3020 to be a little disappointing in terms of PQ.

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