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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

Limitations

Brightness. Compared to the Epson 5030UB and 6030UB, the Pro Cinema 4030 is a little anemic when it comes to light output. With the lens at wide angle, the 4030 averages 23% less light than its siblings using equivalent settings. Interestingly enough, this difference disappears when using the telephoto end of the zoom lens.

Calibration required. The Pro Cinema 4030 lacks THX mode, and the factory settings for Cinema mode are not terribly accurate. As a result, the projector really does require calibration before it's ready for primetime. Luckily, since the projector is in restricted distribution, the person you're buying it from will very likely offer installation and calibration services for your projector.

No custom gamma. Whereas the 5030UB and 6030UB have fully customizable gamma curves, the 4030 has only a simple slider control that ranges between -2 and +2 with a default of 0. On our projector, the factory settings put average gamma around 1.7, and bumping the control to -2 only got us to 2.0 instead of the desired 2.2-2.4.

No Frame Interpolation. While not everyone likes frame interpolation, it is now a more or less standard feature of home theater projectors above $1500. Given that the Pro Cinema 4030 fits into this price category even if you discount the cost of the additional accessories, it is disappointing that the projector lacks any form of frame interpolation.

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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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