Setup and Configuration
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
Home Theater Projector Review
December 5, 2013
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.