Review Contents
Setup and Configuration
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Home Theater
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030 Projector Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
(add to Compare List)
Go to My Compare List

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

Setup and Configuration

Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to installing the Pro Cinema 4030. The projector's extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift and 2.1:1 zoom lens make the 4030 easy to install in just about any room. What's more, the projector comes with a Chief ceiling mount and a cable cover included in the purchase price, so ceiling mounting the projector becomes a matter of picking a location and running some cables.

Since the 4030 is a limited distribution product, chances are that you'll be purchasing it from a vendor who also offers installation services. If you do want to put the 4030 in a ceiling mount, a professional installer can align your projector properly and even run video cables through your ceiling or wall to an equipment rack in the front of the room. This kind of thing is much more difficult to do by yourself unless you're both handy and comfortable crawling around in your attic.

Do-it-yourselfers who do not want a ceiling mount can simply place the 4030 on a rear shelf and use the projector's zoom and lens shift to place the image on the screen. A rear shelf mount does not require any special equipment, and if you decide to place the other equipment on the same shelf you can even use inexpensive short-run cables to connect everything. On the other hand, a rear shelf mount means you're paying for a ceiling mount that you're not going to use, and there's no way to purchase the 4030 without the added equipment.

One thing to keep in mind is that the 4030's 2.1:1 zoom lens loses some light when used at anything other than the maximum wide angle setting (the largest image size for a given throw distance). At maximum telephoto (smallest image at a given distance), light output is 18% less than at maximum wide angle. If you are mounting the 4030 at the back of a long room, be sure to consider how light loss will affect your installation and then pick an appropriate screen size.

Previous Page
The Viewing Experience
Next Page
Key Features
Review Contents: The Viewing Experience Setup and Configuration Key Features Performance
  Limitations Conclusion

Reader Comments(6 comments)

Posted Feb 12, 2014 1:05:38 PM

By Glenn

Post a Comment Alert Moderator
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

Post a Comment Alert Moderator
@ 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

Post a Comment Alert Moderator
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

Post a Comment Alert Moderator
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.

Post a Comment Alert Moderator
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

Post a Comment Alert Moderator
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.

Post a comment

Commenting on this article is easy and does not require any registration. Your email address is necessary for you to activate your comment once it has been submitted. It will not be shown to other site viewers. ProjectorCentral reserves the right to remove any comment at any time for any reason. Foul language is not permitted, nor are personal attacks. All comments should remain on topic.

Name:

Email Address:(used only to confirm your comment)

Your Comment:

(Enter the numbers as they appear to the left)