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HT Projector Review Update 11/15

Well, some good news folks, the Epson Home Cinema 5010 has just arrived...

The review of the Epson 5010 will commence tomorrow morning. This review will not only include an evaluation of the 5010, but a side by side comparison with the Panasonic AE7000, and perhaps the Mitsubishi HC7800 if it arrives anytime soon.

As you know, we've got the Thanksgiving holiday weekend coming up. That means we only have half a week in the office next week. It is going to be too much of a rush to get this lengthy review done prior to Thanksgiving. So assuming there is no technical difficulty with the review sample, my guess is that the review will be completed and posted by Wednesday, the 30th, or about two weeks from now.

Evan Powell

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Tom Posted Nov 15, 2011 8:41 PM PST
Work some overtime and, as they say, "getter done!!!" LOL

Would love the review before Thanksgiving but understandable with the holidays.
Toby Posted Nov 16, 2011 4:52 AM PST
glad to hear the Epson has finally arrived - initial impressions would be great as I'm waiting to pull the trigger on a 3D projector and was hoping your comparison would help me decide between the Panny & Epson
Chris Posted Nov 16, 2011 9:57 AM PST
Yes, initial impressions would be awesome... we are all waiting hour by hour for a review so "two weeks" seems like an eternity!
Jeremy Posted Nov 16, 2011 4:35 PM PST
Chris nailed it... oh the many times and ways I have tried to use Google to find more information on this projector. ( lists a ship date of Nov 30 for the TW8000, btw)

Please tell us anything! :) Unboxing pictures, whatever, heh...
Tom Posted Nov 16, 2011 6:52 PM PST
Yep... my choice is between the Panny and Epson as well; however, I haven't heard such about the Mitsubishi.
Rick Posted Nov 16, 2011 7:20 PM PST
Any word on when (if) the Epson 61000 will be released? That's the one I'm waiting for.
Claes Erlandsson Posted Nov 16, 2011 7:49 PM PST
Would be nice to have the Sony VPL-HW30ES in the comparison too. Any reason that isn't included? I choosing between the VPL-HW30ESm the PT-AE7000 and the 5010/6010.
Scott Posted Nov 17, 2011 10:41 AM PST
Any initial impressions/initial comparisons posted before Thanksgiving between the Epson and Panny would be most appreciated! Thx!
Reuben Posted Nov 17, 2011 3:14 PM PST
We as readers command you to not take Thanksgiving off.

Jeff Posted Nov 17, 2011 6:58 PM PST
I am planning on buying the 5010 or the AE7000. I am building my theater and I am going to use a 2.35 screen. I will also use the room for 16:9 material. In your comparison can you please address how each unit adjusts between the 2.35 and 16:9 ratios.
Tom Posted Nov 17, 2011 7:27 PM PST
They did a comparison between the Sony and the Panasonic already with the Panny winning, so if the Panny beats the Epson as well, you have your answer. :)
James Greenberg Posted Nov 18, 2011 2:20 PM PST
I and my family very much appreciate the great work Evan Powell, Bill Livolsi & the rest of the team at Projector Central do for us. Without you we would have no idea which projector to buy. Thank you for helping enrich our lives.
Maui Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:20 AM PST
Aloha, How many projectors has your team processed,? Is this your full time job?

Come on you can do better than 2 plus weeks to review a simple projector.

Mr Bell & Howell.....
Maui Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:23 AM PST
I would like some clarification on this 2.35 screen as well Especially when used with HDTV.. Lens memory powered zoom..?

Will the hDTV content zoom to fit 2.35 screen with these projectors?
Adam Krauss Posted Nov 21, 2011 10:32 AM PST
Evan - If you have the "e" model, I am interested in a critic of the wireless HDMI functionality for the 5010. I also havent seen much discussion of this with the 3010. I am looking to retro fit the projector for a ceiling mount in a finished room and the couple hundred bucks extra for the wireless must be weighed against having an electrician snake 25 foot HDMI cable through the wall and ceiling that has glued on "acoustic" type tiles. If the wireless transmitter is plugged into my receiver's HDMI out, will it serve to transmit all of my source components to the projector ? I have read some issues about the X-Box 360 not working with wireless HDMI, due to built in security protection ? Audio transmission is not an issue, because that would be hard wired to the receiver from the source components and out to the speaker system. Thanks.
Tom Posted Nov 22, 2011 5:58 PM PST
I agree. I am interested in the capacity of the wireless. Can it truly send a full 1080p 3D image with no loss?

If so, that would be a huge positive for me as I don't want to have to run a new 1.4 hdmi through the wall and ceiling.
Theo Kwant Posted Nov 23, 2011 7:41 AM PST
On wireless HDMI between AV receiver (ONKYO 808) and EPSON TW5000 beamer. I tried 15 meter HDMI 1.4 cable with repeaters/boosters/conditioners, 15 m dual UTP cable and ASUS WiCast wireless HDMI kit. As long as HDCP (blu-ray)does not come into play,it works fine with 1080p. The problem resides in the ONKYO, as when taken out, BD player direct,The HDMI link works fine.
Toyzrme Posted Nov 23, 2011 5:59 PM PST
Greatly looking forward to your review of the 5010 and comparison to the Panny - ready to pull the trigger on one or the other before Christmas! FYI I called Epson about 2 weeks ago on the 5010e, and the rep I talked to said the WirelessHD does *not* support 1080p 3D, only 1080p (and I *think* 720p 3D). Might want to confirm that on your own. So no 'e' for me. Thanks for all the GREAT information - very well done - without your site, I wouldn't be confident enough to sink this kind of money on a whim!
Tom Posted Nov 26, 2011 9:27 AM PST
I'm very anxious for this review and the side-by-side comparison. Been holding off on my purchase.

Hopefully you can review the frame interpolation technologies for both as well. I currently have a Panasonic PTAE-2000U and I don't like the jittery frames when there is a lot of action. I know the 480hz will help as well.
Kem Posted Nov 27, 2011 7:59 AM PST
Please comment on : 3D with Xbox360/PS3. Does this PJ do 3D with non 3D games like movie content. Any issues running at 1080p games. thx
Chad Posted Nov 28, 2011 8:36 AM PST
There are some impatient people on here and unfortuneatly, I am another one of them, I have checked for an update every day for past 13 days, I have a feeling that I will still be picking up the ae-7000 after everything is said and done!! Actually am more curious to see the picture quality comparison for say the panasonic ae-7000 to the epson 61000, in 2d! Wonder just how much better it will be!! Im sure next high end epson projector will be something equivalent to the 61000 with 3d!!!
John Posted Nov 29, 2011 6:36 PM PST
Agreed.. I'm one of the impatient ones as well. Counting the hours until tomorrow.. I love this site!
john hooley Posted Nov 29, 2011 9:03 PM PST
Will you be getting a 6010 to review?
Toby Posted Nov 30, 2011 3:04 PM PST
where is the review???
Carl Posted Nov 30, 2011 3:23 PM PST
Where's the review? ;)
alex Posted Dec 4, 2011 10:43 AM PST
When will we see a review of the acer 9500 pj as it has the goods we all want

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