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Epson Home Cinema 5040UB Projector Epson Home Cinema 5040UB
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2500 Lumens
Full HD 3D
$2,374 Street Price
$2,299 MSRP

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB

M. David Stone, April 21, 2017

Set Up

The 5040UB offers impressive placement flexibility. Both the intake and exhaust vents are on the front, making it amenable for placement on a rear shelf. However, a large shelf would be required since this is a large projector -- far too large for a typical bookcase. In general, the 2.1x zoom and extensive vertical and horizontal lens shift allow a wide variety of placement options either on the ceiling or behind the seating area. They also make it easy to replace an older projector in a mount, for example, and adjust the image position to fit on an already existing screen. The powered zoom, focus, and lens shift make the adjustment step as easy as it could be.

Keep in mind that if your current HDMI cable isn't 4K HDR compliant, you'll need to replace it. And if you're upgrading from the Epson 5030UB, note that the 5040UB is more than 6 pounds heavier, at 24.7 pounds, and larger in all three dimensions, at 6.7" by 20.5" x 17.7" (HWD) not including feet.

Throw Distance. The 5040UB's throw distance for a 150" 16:9 diagonal image is roughly 14.75 to 31 feet. At the long end of the range, however, the lens will curtail the projector's potential lumen output by 33%. So for maximum brightness, you'll want the projector closer to rather than farther from the screen.

If you want to use the 5040UB's Lens Memory to set up a Constant Image Height (CIH) rig without bothering with an anamorphic lens, the 5040UB makes it easy to adjust image size when switching between material in 2.4 format, 16:9 format, and other aspect ratios. Simply store the appropriate lens settings for each format in one of the 10 memory entries for lens position, pick a setting, and let the powered zoom, lens shift, and focus do the rest. Keep in mind that you'll need to chose a distance that will accommodate the CIH for all the aspect ratios you need. The Epson 5040UB Projection Calculator will let you find an appropriate range for the screen size you want to use.

Lens Shift Range. The 5040UB offers a substantial lens shift for both vertical and horizontal directions. In the neutral position, the centerline of the lens is at the geometric center of the projected image. From this position, the image can shift up enough for the bottom line of the image to be 50% of the image height above the centerline, or shift down by the same amount.

The vertical and horizontal shift ranges are interrelated, so the position for either affects the other. From the neutral position for both, for example, the horizontal shift is nearly 50% of the image width left or right, but from the extreme top or bottom vertical position it's only 10% left or right. If you need to tilt the unit beyond the range that the lens shift allows, you can adjust vertical keystone by up to +/- 30 degrees. There is no horizontal keystone.

For additional details and restrictions on installation, consult the Epson 5040UB User Manual.

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Comments (5) Post a Comment
Peter Posted Oct 4, 2017 8:22 AM PST
Very interesting review and impressive projector for the price. I am considering replacing my Panasonic AE4000u with the Epson 5040UB as a result of the great reviews it's gotten and the higher lumen output, not to mention the 4K Enhancement technology. It would have been of additional interest to comment on the 5040UB's black levels and how good/bad they are compared to other projectors, especially since based on your tests the 5040UB seems to put out higher lumens than is actually stated in its specs. Otherwise, I am looking forward to purchasing this projector real soon.
Duane Adam Posted Nov 1, 2017 10:08 AM PST
Had I not owned a JVC I would have thought the Epson blacks were superb. They're not as good as the best of the best, but they're very good and quite acceptable.

I am confused by the comments here and elsewhere on this site regarding fan noise being not noticeable. I don't know if I have a bad fan or I'm just more critical but mine is very noticeable even in eco mode. It also seems to wander so the pitch changes making it harder to get used to. Appreciate hearing comments from anyone else owning this projector.
Tyler Posted Dec 23, 2018 9:22 AM PST
I have read a lot of reviews stating the projector is great, but the power is consistently failing. The units suddenly refuse to come on at all. Are you aware of this issue, and do you know if it's been fixed? I was ready to buy but now am hesitant. Thanks!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Dec 23, 2018 11:07 AM PST
Tyler, I'm aware of this issue and recently reached out to Epson about it. The same issue applied to what appears to be a smaller number of HC 4000 samples as well, if you read the reviews on Amazon. Epson's official response to my query is below.

"Epson has identified and addressed an issue in select projector models that may cause a small percentage of units to not power on. The issue has already been addressed in models shipping from Epson, but there is a possibility of a small fraction of units still in channel inventory that may be affected. Epson places the highest priority on product quality and customer satisfaction. For customers in need of a replacement unit, please contact Epson customer support at 1-800-788-0336. We will handle each occurrence on a case-by-case basis consistent with our warranty."

One thing I would add is that, given that Epson had a significant number of product failures on this chassis that they had to deal with after the fact, we can probably feel confident that the new updated models built on the same chassis -- the HC 4010 and the successor to the HC 5040 that is currently expected soon -- will not suffer the same issues.
Dan Lindberg Posted Apr 15, 2019 11:58 PM PST
Yeah...I’m going onto my third replacement, warranty ends in 2 months for the 5040ub. Wish I kept my 5030 as the one I bought is still running strong and like new and never have needed a replacement.

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